Newcastle-a town filled with wonderful people!
Trip Start Dec 26, 2009
41Trip End Feb 06, 2010
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I will try and make this one a bit shorter than yesterday – what a mammoth effort hey! Hahaha
OK – Newcastle – Chris drove us to the apartment (lovely & on the river, thank goodness – its sometimes scary when you book something online sight unseen but I use this amazing website www.tripadvisor.com and they have thousands of reviews from people (not companies) who have stayed in various hotels throughout the world - its the only way to do it successfully so if you are travelling and not sure where to stay – check this website out).
He went to drop off the documents to the doctor and pick up my medication (I told you all that he is a really nice guy) and we settled in and then caught the bus into "town" to buy yet another lot of wedding clothes (we are getting quite used to doing that). Even though we were not happy about having to fork out yet more of our own money (we had used most of our travel insurance allocation in Barcelona to buy the second lot) we actually had fun shopping (unlike Barcelona which was quite stressful). Bill took off in one direction with the directive “buy absolutely everything you need for the wedding and too bad about how much it is going to cost – its only money and the wedding is in 2 days” and I took off in the other direction. We started to accumulate shopping bags very quickly as every shop was having a big sale so whenever we went into another shop, the shop assistants would say “you have a lot of bags there - don't they sell clothes in Australia” and then I would proceed to tell them our “story”. Now, Geordies (thats what they call people from Newcastle) are amazing people, truly kind and helpful and when they heard our “tale of woe” they went out of their way to help us even more. If we couldn’t find what we were looking for in a certain shop, we would just ask a shop assistant where we could buy whatever it was and they would usually come out to the front of the store and give us very detailed directions – they even gave us recommendation on which shops were better and why!
Bill came back with about 4 shopping bags but wouldn’t show me what he bought as it would be a surprise – a young lady helped him pick everything and put his ensemble together (again, those Geordies are just lovely people) and I was in one shop for over an hour trying on various outfits and the ladies were so nice already but once they had heard the “story” they went out of their to assist me even more, one woman just looked after me even though there were heaps of people waiting to be served. I managed to find some really nice stuff in their petites section (most stores here have a petite section for those women who are a bit “vertically challenged” like myself).
They have a department store here – Marks & Spencer – and they had some really nice stuff and also were having a sale (woohoo) and when we would buy something (more bags to add to the collection) and one of them would ask the question about Australia not selling clothes, we would tell them our tale and they would go and get someone else and tell them the story who then proceeded to go and get someone else to then tell them – we had such fun and it was quite cathartic for us to repeat the story over and over and we felt much better. We went to a number of floors in M&S and at one point I told the story yet again and this woman said “I just heard that story from John who got it from Mary who got it from Sarah who got it from Mark – are you those people who had so much trouble?” it was so funny! She must have been a manager because she then took us into the cafe in M&S and shouted us a pot of tea to say sorry that BA messed up – we were just about in tears (of happiness for a change) and everyone was so very helpful and nice, we had the best day and didn’t get stressed at all – we really had a lot of fun (even though we were paying for it - $1200aud in one day – ah, its only money and it was worth every cent just to be happy and enjoying ourselves again)! People were amazed that we were smiling and laughing and they couldn’t understand why we weren’t wringing our hands in grief and despair and getting really angry about the situation and we would just say (our new favourite saying now) “its all part of the rich tapestry of travelling” and they would genuinely be shocked that we could be so positive and blasť about the situation (we have had heaps of time to get used to not having luggage)!
We came back to the apartment and Bill got changed into his ensemble that he bought (tie, cufflinks, shirt, shoes, socks, trousers) and he look amazing – he had even bought a cap and scarf that went perfectly with the outfit! He looked a million bucks - even though he had help from the assistant, he did a great job of picking some really nice stuff and looked extremely gorgeous in his new threads – what a guy! I told him I would have to watch all the single women at the wedding as they would definitely try and pick him up hahahaha! I then put on my ensemble and we looked fantastic if I do say so myself and even though they weren’t the first lot of wedding clothes we had originally selected (or the second) I think I just about liked these threads much better!
It was the night of the “hens night” and Chris came and got us and Bill stayed with the guys and all us girls went out to an Italian restaurant – it was great catching up with everyone because we had only seen Chris, Sian & Sonia at that time and had not had a chance to catch up with Gillinder clan (we were so looking forward to that).
Home back to the apartment for a well earned rest (we filled about 3 bags up with empty shopping bags – they were everywhere and there were lots of them) and so ends the second day in “Geordie land”!