A short summer in the UK
Trip Start Aug 27, 2011
98Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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Chez Dave and Toni Border
Visiting the Isle of Wight a couple of times, I enjoyed some home cooked food and of course eating a couple of treacle puddings (not all to myself, I did share). It was great to see my family and not have to tell them how my trip was. All I got from my dad was 'I don't like the look of the food you eat!', course what you don't know is that he reads my blog while eating his lunch at work. I might consider a food warning for him, especially when I hit China! I was unable to see my grandad on the first visit but spent a few hours with him on my second visit. I tried very hard to find out where he was in Burma during WWII, I think I have a good idea. With all the talking, he soon fell asleep in his chair and I read his paper. I look forward to being back on the Island some time next year.
I also went Go Ape with El, Luke, Lewis and Brett. It was so much fun and we filmed some silly videos which I posted on facebook. I only went up there to see the cats, but it was great to see El and Luke, eat cheese, drink Port and catch up. Everytime I see them, one of Luke's family has a birthday, so I got invited again for a fun ride on the Curry train. A great few days guys!
I spent the majority of the summer, applying for Visas. It is a pain, troublesome and frustrating. Thanks Dave for all the printing, posting, driving and feeding me. They all came through in time for a sneaky visit to Brussels, Brugge and Luxembourg city to see Courtney before she spends two years in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a diplomat. Yes, a diplomat. The first thing she showed me was her diplomatic passport, a licence to do whatever you want, right? The beer was tasty as well as the mussles. Brugge is beautiful.
I was also very lucky to have a friend living in Bramley itself. My friend Kim, who used to live in Bath, now found herself in Bramley of all places. it was great catching up with her and meeting her friends.
Apart from that, I spent the summer watching England spank India in the cricket. Probably the first time since I was 13 that I watched a full series. Roll on Sri Lanka.
What to expect from this trip? Well, I plan to see eastern Europe, catch a train to China and go from there. I promise more pictures and less about the strains of travelling. The last trip was more of a challenge and self discovery, the upcoming trip is all about the destinations, ahem, and food!
It wouldn't be possible to do all this travelling without the support and love of my family. Special thanks to Dave boy for putting up with me and after a hard day at work, coming home to see your younger brother still in his pjs having watched the cricket all day long!
So, enjoy the blog and let me know what you think, comments are very welcome and appreciated and makes an 8 hour bus journey go much quicker.