On 23rd November Spain are requiring that all visitors have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of arriving in the country. Due to an upcoming trip I have tried to find the options for getting this test done – in a suitable time frame and with reliability of the results to be returned in time. Certificates will be accepted in digital or paper format, but it seems this is one more hoop to jump through for travelling now :/

So Where Can I Get This Test Done?

Below is a summary of my findings so far. I am based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire so there is a focus for locations nearest to me. All of the tests issue a certificate for travel, which will include name, date of birth, passport number, test type and result.


I am looking at buying an Evoc bike travel bag to transport my bike to Italy this year and Spain next year.  This year I want to take my 26″ full suspension mountain bike whilst next year I want to take my 29er hard tail.  Whilst researching I found that bags manufactured after around 2011 can take the 29″ wheel without deflating or removing the tyres.  Not the end of the world, but an extra step to do at each end.

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I’m a little bit late with this one, but at the end of August we went to Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland for a wedding.  We travelled up in the morning of the wedding day, and just as we were leaving it started raining.  Luckily for the bride and groom the weather soon cleared up and it turned out to be a glorious sunny day.  Having never been to that part of England before I was astounded at the scenary.  The wedding ceremony was lovely, and the setting was just fabulous, offering amazing views over the sandy beach and good view of Holy Island.

We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast – Brock Mill Farm Cottages in Beal, where we were met with a very friendly host who made our 1 night stay perfect.  On the following day we drove back down south and stopped in at Alnwick, which also has a castle.

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25. June 2012 · Write a comment · Categories: World · Tags:

Recently an article appeared in our local newspaper, the Bucks Free Press about a girl from Penn who climbed mount Everest and broke a world record to become the world’s youngest person to successfully meet the challenge.  Whilst this sounds like we should all celebrate that once again a human has done something great and pushed the boundaries even further, as at only 19 years old this is a hell of a personal achievement, there was something in the article that caught me eye:

The teen has described passing the bodies of four mountaineers who died whilst making the dangerous climb during a busy weather window.

Now I’m no climber if the stairs at home don’t count, but I couldn’t help but feel somewhat dismayed at the sentence quoted above.  So as a person, or a team of people climbing and passing dying mountaineers, should they have stopped and offered help, or is it ‘policy’ to only take care of yourself or your team?  Clearly reading the comments it has split opinion, but if that was me I certainly could not just carry on.  But perhaps in those conditions one does have to be so selfless for their own preservation?

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During our honeymoon we were walking back through Manhattan one night and hungry so I decided to try out a suitably close Qdoba Mexican Grill to our hotel (I think it was the one on 50th Street). I wasn’t really hungry enough for a full meal, so wanted something small to snack on.  Being a lover of Mexican food I examined the menu but nothing really caught my eye, so I decided to go for a tortilla shell filled with fresh salad, peppers, beans and rice – all for about $7 I think.  The shell was massive and the fillings were piled to the top.  Instantly I could tell the fillings looked fresh and as soon as we got back to our room the devouring began!  It was awesome, really fresh and tasty and probably quite healthy, especially compared to the tasty New York pizzas.  I had never heard of Qdoba before and assumed it was just an independent reastaurant, but when we were in Orlando I saw another.  So, back in England and a quick Google unfortunately reveals they are an American franchise company with nothing in the UK 🙁  Does anyone know of anything similar here??

Maybe we just don’t have enough Central and Southern American influence here to provide a large enough market, but as they can be enjoyed by everyone no matter what your food preferences it would make a great alternative to Subway etc.