So.....a week has passed since I left Manchester. I was very sad to leave the place that had become my home. It was hard to say goodbye to friends up there but I know we'll stay in touch.....I have enjoyed the first of several weeks down south with my family and also visiting some friends; it has been great catching up with people. I seem to have been very busy, which is probably a good thing as it leaves me no time to think about/worry about my departure into the unknown! Today I did some shopping for my trip but I think it's time to make myself a list of all that I need to do as I'm not feeling very well organised at the moment....that's because I'm not but as I keep telling myself, I will be! (I'll have to be!) 9 days to go........