It took almost 36 hours to travel door-to-door from Redditch to my amigo’s in Andalucia, two hours north of Granada. I’d chosen NOT to fly, travelling by public transport. That meant using 4 trains, 2 coaches and 3 tubes – to go one way! The journey home took the same route, with the addition of a day in Paris, and although I felt I was frequently fighting to make connections I arrived everywhere ahead of schedule.