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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hallelujah !!!

I'm Back !!!

My last post on this site was in June, just before Google completed a revamp of One of the outcomes was that my site was made read-only, so that I had no log-in page to add posts. It has taken quite a while for that to be corrected, so in the meantime I began a new blog which I called "HappengsValencia."

However, I suspect you may have imagined that I had simply died. That raises an interesting question. What happens to all of these blogsites when people do die?  We won't have time, normally, to say goodbye, so how is a person to know?

My last post to "HappeningsValencia" was three weeks ago because I have been on holiday. My wife and I took a road trip throughout the north of Spain, and although I took my laptop I decided that I would make a complete change from my routine. So, for all our time on the road I did not turn on my computer.

I think that as people we are wired to have absolute down time. We need the change, especially if your life is stressful. In these difficult times I suspect that most people are overly stressed without even realising how dangerous their lives have become. I don't have a lot of stress in my life as a retired person, but even I could feel the tension peel away by ignoring the computer, so then I turned off my mobiles, and just took in the changing scenery.

I came to realise how very diverse is this country of Spain. The last time I did this sort of thing was a few years ago when we drove south through Andalusia. By the time you arrive back home your whole outlook has changed and you are refreshed. That is what a vacation is for and if you can achieve that, you are very lucky.

Normally, summer road trips are a pain because everybody and his cousin wants to do the same thing, but our choice of places to visit were unusual, and as such we had the roads to ourselves. One such place was the tomb of the former dictator, General Franco. There are not a great deal of people who go to visit that these days. Following his death people visited by the hordes, but after all these years, (he died in 1975) people are prepared to believe that he is not coming back, so we had plenty of space.

If you have any interest in the subject you can google it on "Valle de los Caidos."

So, home again to a very pleasent surprise to find I can resume my long-standing blogs.

Glad to be back!


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