Tomorrow, we fly with Singapore Airlines from Sydney. Today is day one of the holiday, intended to be spent at home but instead alone with my sick grandkids. It's been a warm autumn day with a top of 18 degrees Celsius in Canberra. Staring out the kitchen window on this sun-drenched, cloudless day reminds me of how it so often is at 30,000 feet in the sky, staring out the aircraft window, soaking up the sun's rays in the warm solitude of the window seat, pretending to be alone. And so, I sit about, drinking coffee and dreaming of far off places that, for us, are not so far off.
On 8 May, we will arrive in Porto in Portugal. We begin walking the Camino only a few days later.