It’s strange that, as you get older, time seems to pass more quickly.
I suppose the simple answer is that, in your 60s, 12 months is a greater proportion of your remaining time than it was when you were thirty and were still “immortal”. You get slower as you age, too, so that everything just takes a little bit longer, a little bit more effort. Throw a few health problems into the mix and you start wondering if you’ll ever get everything done in time …
The last time I wrote about the “No Fixed Abode Tour” it was a concept, a glimmer of an idea, to help carry us through the dark & gloomy winter that has been Berlin 2012/13. But now it’s real and there is a lot to do!
We will book the ferry this weekend (23/24 Feb) to sail away on 27th June and will give notice on the flat in March so that we can hand the keys back on 27th, hoping for a quick hand over so we can make the dash to the ferry in time.
Between now and then, we have the possessions that we are keeping to pack & store with everything else either sold or given away. Insurances and services to cancel, car insurance to sort out, health insurance to arrange, a thousand different people and firms to notify, etc etc etc. In between times, Kath has her work, I have regular hospital appointments, and there are many things we want to see & do before we leave Berlin.
The main pressure is that there is no plan B, no fall-back position. It all has to work, seamlessly, or we’re stuck. Wish us luck and, if you’re near the Union Jack Club on Friday 5th April, pop in and say hello & bon voyage!