I asked my boss today if I could have three days (unpaid) leave at the end of the academic year – Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st July. She said yes! So the date of departure is fixed: Sunday 18th July 2010. This gives me a full six weeks to cycle down to Brindisi. We are back at work on Wednesday 1st September so I even have a couple of days to get home and recover should I use the full six weeks. Another piece in the jigsaw.