This is what we in the trade call a pre-amble - it's like a pre-ambulator but doesn't carry babies - and yes, that is the calibre of joke you can expect to encounter during my - er - encounters.
A special hello and thank you to Carla for giving me the details of this website and to Carla & Sarah who made it clear in no uncertain terms exactly what would happen to me if i didn't set up a blog.
Hey - i'm compliant already!
As always in life you need inspiration to do or achieve anything and in this regard i would like to pay tribute to the exceptional Penny Fear who has helped me so much during the last year (in particular) - Penny is a search-engine and change-engine in-one - really quite wonderful......
I should, of course, thank all of my friends at Brown Brothers for their support and kindness and wish them well over the next few months. Don't forget team that while i might have resigned - you are (or very soon will be) resurgent! And if that sounds a bit cheesy - it isn't meant to be - simply that neat little phrases can sometimes sum things up better than - er - a whole bunch of words :-)
So - it's Saturday morning here in grey, chilly Maidenhead and i need to pack and tidy the flat. Jenny & Dan have kindly agreed to keep an eye on the flat while i'm away and take me to Heathrow on Tuesday - i am, of course, assuming that taking me to Heathrow is an act of kindness rather than the result of a collective arrangement to kick me out of the country (will you go already!)......
The basic itinerary is as follows:
February 3rd - Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
7th - San Martin Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
9th - transfer to Argentinian side of the Falls (it's a bit of a drop) & then float to Buenos Aires
10th - Buenos Aires, Argentina
12th - Hop across the Rio de la Plata to Montevideo - or Montedvd as it's now known
13th - Colonia also in Uruguay - tour of Fray Bentos factory
14th -Dolores, Argentina - an Estancia where i can pretend to be a goucho (or is that groucho?)
18th - Buenos Aires, Argentina
19th - Puerto Madryn, Argentina
20th - Ushuaia, Argentina
22nd - Calafate, Argentina
25th - Puerto Natales, Chile
28th - Lago Grey, Chile
March 2nd - Punta Arenas, Chile
4th - Puerto Montt, Chile
6th - Santiago, Chile
7th - Atacama Desert, Chile
9th - Santiago - overnight
10th - Easter Island
16th - Auckland, New Zealand
OK - that's it for now.
Laters! (i'm just so street)