New Beginnin's at Newbiggin

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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"Coopsville" (John's home)

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Newbiggin stands for "new beginnings".  Apparently named such by the Vikings in various locations they landed in?  I'm probably totally inaccurate in reporting that.  Wiki or google it to confirm if you'd like.

Regardless, maybe it's representative of the stage we are heading into.  There will be new beginnings.  As we see the end of our epic trip looming before us, we have the sobering realization that we have much to contemplate and consider.  Ultimately, we will be faced with lots of decisions, which will consequently result in what I suspect will be "new beginnings".  

There is an element of adventure even in that, but also of apprehension.

Part of the beauty of being in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea (seriously, isn't that the bestest name for a town to be living in?) is visiting our ICC (China) team leader and his family.  Seeing him in his natural environment after these few months is fantastic, and downloading our experiences with him somehow provides an organic closure to part of our experience.  It's downright therapeutic if I admit it plainly.

John was a fantastic team leader, and he's still a wonderful counselor post-team trip.  It's a real blessing to be visiting him near the end of our RTW trip.  

On top of it all, he's already driven us through some of the Northumberland countryside, through old towns and to the oceanside where there are ruins of a classic castle, a beach with black rocks jutting through, and windblown long grasses.  It made me feel like I was in a movie.  And the countryside made me think of movies like Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.  Yes Jane Austen fans, I almost saw "Mr. Darcy". 

After our walk along the beach, during which we saw a lifeless, headless seal (ew), and a rainbow, we had lunch at a classic English pub known for its local handpicked crab sandwiches.  Another UK ICC Office team member (Ann) joined us that day and had lunch with us as well.  It was so strange to see people in their home environments away from the foreign and strange China environment.  Very cool for us to witness it.

Btw, the crab sandwiches were soooo good.  See pic.
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