Over and out
- 12 Jul 06, 11:14 AM
LONDON - Here I sit in my flat, surrounded by dirty washing, cut-price World Cup tat and a huge joint of cured ham that I bought in France on Monday.
When I woke up this morning Ricco was nowhere to be seen - most strange and somewhat refreshing after five weeks of my co-blogger being the first person I have clapped eyes on every morning.
There was no sand in the shower, a fresh towel to hand and the soothing hum of cars making their way down the A40 right next to the flat.
Pretty soon I'll be heading down to Ricco's house to help him clean Svan and then we will be taking him back to the hire place and saying our final farewell to the camper van that has been home to the last five weeks.
I'm not looking forward to that - and not just for emotional reasons. I've been trying to imagine the conversation in which we explain to the hire firm just how exactly brand new Svan lost his rear indicators.
I've decided I'll just play it by ear when I get there.
Svan seemed pretty popular in Calais and Dover, at least with immigration officials.
They made sure they had a pretty thorough nosey around in Calais (I suspect they thought fellow blogger Mandeep was on board, not realising he had sensibly decided to buy himself a flight home).
And at Dover an official asked where we had been. We told him Germany for five weeks.
He wanted to know why. We said we had been working.
He said a lot of people had said that and could we prove it. We produced accreditation and a whole bunch of tickets.
"Holy ****, you've got some souvenirs there" was the reply, as he waved us on our way.
And so our blog is over and I would just like to thank everyone who has helped us along the way.
I would also like to thank Ricco - read his thoughts on the trip here - for his part in it all. It is not easy living with someone you hardly know in such a confined space for five weeks but I think it went pretty well.
All the people who posted comments saying how much they enjoyed the blog - what you said was really appreciated.
And to all the people who absolutely slaughtered either the blog itself or just me - you did a fantastic job.
After all, if Aces had not posted comment one here I'm not sure an entire debate about whether I am a racist or not would have kicked off quite as well as it did.
And to all those who just bothered to read - thanks to you as well.
Anyhow, that's it. Back to normal life for me - almost.
After five weeks away from the girlfriend I am taking her to France for a few days - and I can absolutely guarantee that there will no blogging about that.