Linda and Ian Visit the Countryside

Linda and Ian Visit the Countryside

Added over 9 years ago

This trip took place during a very trying time in our lives, in 2002, when we had decided to move from Sydney to Barcelona, Spain, and set up our retail business there. We had been working for some months to establish ourselves and things were not going well.  A wonderful Australian who owned a café in Barcelona and had befriended us now took pity on us and invited us to stay for a long weekend in the charming stone cottage she and her Catalan husband rent in a small but perfectly formed village called Tavertet. The following is my diary record of that fateful trip...

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Linda's hotel classification system

Linda's hotel classification system

Added over 9 years ago

Linda's hotel classification system...

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A Year Away From Home (Part Three)

A Year Away From Home (Part Three)

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A Year Away From Home continued...

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A Year Away From Home (Part Two)

A Year Away From Home (Part Two)

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A Year Away From Home Continued...

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A Year Away From Home (Part One)

A Year Away From Home (Part One)

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Before my enlightenment, while I was still only an unenlightened bodhisattva I thought: house life is crowded and dusty; life gone forth is wide open – Sidhartha Gautima from Life of the Buddha (Pali Canon)

Early in 2002 my father Bernard, Ian and myself decided to pack up our business Kashgar and go travelling for an extended period, with the ultimate idea of my father relocating a branch of the business in Barcelona, Spain.  Ian and I planned to help him establish there, then spend the rest of the year travelling the world before returning home to Sydney.
Making the decision was easy; taking the first physical step, and leaving all our creature comforts behind, was not.  But by March 2002 we were committed: we had a grand closing sale in our two stores, packed up our remaining stock and placed it in storage, gave away our pot plants, locked down our apartment, and left.
The following are excerpts from my diary of that year away…

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