Response: Back in Brum unfortunately! Will send you an e-mail
Response: Thanks very much Janet. It's absolutely horrendous to be back for numerous reasons, one of which is going for an interview for a minimum wage job tomorrow!!!! Don't they know who I am???!!! Me? With my reputation?! How the mighty have fallen...
Being back in Brum has proved that I'd rather be down under if at all possible.Get me on that plane!
I have no wheels so a rendezvouz is a logistical nightmare! But it would be good to see the prison crew ;-)
Charming to the last... ;-) ;-) ;-) ;-) (just to annoy you)
Don't spend too much on my coming home present...
Response: Carl, can't wait to see you in the Sundarbon my friend!
It will be good to see everyone again (I do hope the welcome home party preparations are going well...;-) ) and remind everyone how the legendary Frank leg dance is properly carried out.
As for the misery I'm afraid that is almost guaranteed - coming home to cold, wet Brum having no house, no car and no job (and no bird but then that's hardly out of the ordinary) However I will be my usual stoic self and you will not hear a word of complaint (much)
Response: Actually he sent me an e-mail today trying to persuade me to change my mind! Can you believe it?! The man needs a good birching at the very minimum.
See you soon...
Response: Yep. Lucky escape I think.
Response: To be fair, I believe (judging from an e-mail from this arsehole) they did meet up later in the day - even though the meet was at 10am.
The point is though that even if I had have joined the group I would have had to hand over US $630 straight away which would not have lasted me a week then I would have been stuck in the middle of nowewhere at the mercy of a total wanker. Did you read that this Ron guy actually went out of his way to remove a guy from the group - not only that he tried his best to get him thrown out of the camp site purely out of spite - mercifully he was unscuccessful.
I'm down £900 granted. However anyone in their right mind knows that if you can't even organise a rendez-vouz at the beginning of a trip (why didn't people turn up 2 days before like I did - or carry mobile phones??) then the whole thing is a complete catastrophe in waiting.
On a more serious note, I think that the ramifications of a badly managed trip could have been very dangerous. We're not talking about getting stuck on the M25....
Bad mistake. I f--ked up. All you can do is move on.
What i am glad about is that I'm having a great time in Rio (longer than I was going to get) and I'll be home soon to see my family and friends. in the grand scheme of things it's no biggie!
See you soon for a bloody good drink I hope ;-)
Response: I think I could do a good job of that. There's no bigger moaner/misery than me.
I'm sorry to come back. Believe me it was not my intention. Thought I could draw it out for another six weeks. I'll soon be home.
I'm hopefully going to Melbourne in May for 10 months, maybe for good - who knows? There will no doubt be a Frankieboy's Big Journey Pt 2 so don't get too despondent ;-)
Response: Glad you've enjoyed reading it - I've enjoyed writing it and it's been great to get messages of support. Nice that one of the lurkers has come out of the closet - in fact now that the journey has nearly come to an end all the others should ;-)
Rio is absolutely superb - love it. Haven't been shot yet so that's an added bonus.
I may be doing another blog when I go back to Oz so that may be of interest!
Response: Yes I hope I made the right decision.
Well I'm not flying home just yet. I've got 9 days to explore all that Rio has to offer! So far so good - incredible place.
Response: Go for it! I did. I got the next plane to Rio! See you very soon...
Response: I'm already in Copacabana Pidge! The only bad news is that I'm one flight away from home. See you very shortly indeed!
Response: Decided against it. I'm now in Rio!
Response: Maria! Hi! Nice to hear from you. Bit apprehensive about 6 weeks of travelling across S. America in an armoured personnel carrier and camping in extreme conditions! Kind of wish I was on a plane home but I'm sure I will be glad to have done it...
it's pretty warm here too but nothing compared to Queensland.
Pass on my regards to everyone...
Response: I had to look up the word for "washing machine" earlier! It's getting embarrassing...Yes I know "cerveza"!
See you soon - not long now.
Response: Greetings from Santiago Jez. I think we did NZ justice! Hope I survive S. America and manage to bring my valuables home!
Indeed, look forward to the stag do.
As you were...
Response: Likewise Pidge. Say hi to Anna from me.
Response: Will pass on the message!
Response: And to you Janet! Tis the season to be gluttonous....That sounds like a bloody good breakfast to me!
Response: Cheers Dougyboy! Merry xmas to you and Jill.
Response: It was superb. Glad I did it!
Response: Thermal underwear sounds eminently sensible - I might invest in some if this cold spell persists!