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I just posted the Literary Guide to England column, which actually was written in late June and published in the newspaper the first Sunday in July. We were without Internet access for much of our time abroad, so no posting was practical. Not that there was much time or desire to do anything but look at ancient castles and hedge-rowed fields, and listen to the myriads of voices in multiple languages and accents from the countryside and the city. London must be the most polyglot city in the world.

As I write this, it is Saturday morning, about six hours since we arrived home from picking up our car at JFK in New York and the flight from London’s Heathrow airport with a layover for a few hours in Dublin. The four-hour drive from JFK was fueled by coffee and my family talking about our adventures in order to keep me awake as I negotiated heavy traffic through New Jersey and the long I-80 emptiness at the end of a 20-hour day without sleep. It was past 5 a.m. in London when we pulled into our driveway, and I had seen ghosts for quite awhile on the road. But my family, as tired as I was, made the miles fly by with their conversation.

Then, I woke up with the first light and the pile of newspapers from 18 days away on the table. So much to catch up on and so much to remember and write about in the days ahead. So many photos to review, so may expectations revised or enlarged. Above all, gratefulness for surviving a few close calls on the strange roads and roundabouts of England with nothing but permanent high blood pressure to show for it. That, and a bank account that looks like tuppence. All of it worth it.

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