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I returned from my Holiday to Tunisia yesterday. It was great, incredibly relaxing and just what I needed after the previous few weeks of stress and worry.

Returning home is always a weird one, you spend the last day of your holiday a little down in the dumps because you know the following day you will be back to normality, I tend to find you cram as much sunshine into the day as possible, still sitting outside well into the evening despite the temperature having dropped significantly; you just don’t want to miss any of those precious rays.

But then on the day of departure your attitude changes, you spend the entire time wishing that someone had invented a star treck like teleportation device that will send you straight home, whilst the day before you’re wishing for the clocks to stop, the day you leave time simply can’t go fast enough.

This is mostly due to the journey, its often bad enough at the point when you are know that the end result is a tropical paradise, when grey drizzly England is your final destination the minor annoyance of your outbound flight becomes an unbearable outrageous crime against humanity.

Your cramped onto a plane with a seating space that a garden gnome wouldn’t call spacious, fed unappetizing reheated microwave meals, and have to pay over £2 for a can of coke.  A small child will more often than not spend these hours with their knees nestled firmly in the base of your spine and the overbearing cheerfulness of the cabin crew, that you found so charming from the staff at your resort, makes you want to attack them with a cheese grater.

This last week I was pretty much cut off from the outside world, I didn’t switch the TV on once, my phone continued is bizarre inability to work outside of the UK, and there was no Internet access at the hotel. For all I knew I could have returned yesterday to find that we had been invaded by aliens.

It’s weird how for the last week, my inability to have this contact was awesome but the minute I walked in the door I booted up the PC, switched on the TV and feverishly went about soaking up as much information as is humanly possible, and wondered how on earth I coped without it all.

The great thing about this retreat from civilization was that I did get to catch up on some reading, whilst I didn’t plough through as many books as my normal Holiday amount, I did manage to finally finish Noble House, and read both The Devil Colony and the Skeleton Key as well as putting a pretty large dent in Spartan Gold.

I’ll probably post some reviews of these over the next few days, and The Devil Colony has given me some places to potentially start for Armageddon Episode 3 later this month.

 

UPDATE: Came across this just now and felt that it deserved a place in todays post.

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