I’m sitting with a beer in the Tin Goose, a flight-side pub at Heathrow Terminal 5. It’s a relief to be checked in and for a chance to relax before 7200 miles of flying.

We stayed overnight in London with my parents-in-law, and it snowed for much of this morning. We will be going from snowy London to the desert, not something I have quite got my head around yet.

We have travel pillows, plenty of reading and watching materials (thank heavens for the iPad), and a fruit platter booked for our in-flight meal (in the middle of the night!). I have bought the Jibbigo translation app to help me with Spanish phrases, and an extended battery pack to keep my iPhone and iPad going strong.

So, just a quick update as I’m typing this on my iPhone, but here’s a picture from this morning – quite the opposite of what we will be experiencing on the other side! My next update will be from South America…

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