Back to Blighty and Bristol beckons
Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
58Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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We took the tube from Heathrow T5 to Euston Station, had a few restorative coffees there and then hopped on a cross-country train north to Stoke-on-Trent to meet up with Phil's folks – setting us back just £18
We had lovely home comings with our respective families, celebrated birthdays, reunited with our camper van and managed to catch up with a few friends - so our bed count continued to rise for a while longer. We pulled our belongings out of storage in Taunton and moved to Bristol, found a little waterfront flat to rent for a while and, thanks to bro, mums and dads, we had a smooth move. Our backpacks remained unpacked for a good few days because 1) they were too stinky (especially Phil's after an Argentine bullmastiff peed on it!) and 2) we just couldn't face unpacking them AGAIN!
We got busy exploring our new home - Bristol is a brilliant city - and were lucky to enjoy some blissful summer weather. We also managed to squeeze a couple of days away in our camper van in before it was back to work. We visited the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and stayed at Lobb Fields just east of the little village of Braunton, a fab campsite with stunning views across Braunton Fields and Burrows and just a short hop from Saunton Sands, Crow Point and great pubs. It’s been a long time since we simply sat in the sunshine, a book in one hand, a beer in the other.
So now we're settling back into a routine nine-five, Monday-Friday again. Weekends are really short aren’t they?! But, we're still at the novelty stage with many simple things still feeling wondrous, like, for example, having long, easy conversations with people, watching TV (especially the Tour de France coverage) and films, having a wardrobe of clothes and shoes, aaahh the shoes, having clean running water, being able to flush loo paper away, being creative in the kitchen, wearing make-up (that’s me, not Phil!), driving, doing our own washing, sleeping in one really comfy bed.....you get the picture
So, our 'Big Trip’ has officially come to an end. This is probably going to be our last account, although I do still have a few gaps to go back and fill, and we will post up a statistics and FAQ entry as soon as we can for those who have asked.
For those who are wondering.....no the wanderlust has not been satiated. I don't think it ever will be. And, yes we are already planning our next trip. For employers and family who might be reading this, don't worry it'll be a shorter trip next time, promise!
Thanks for visiting our blog. We hope it’s been useful / interesting / entertaining. It's been great fun writing it and great fun meeting people through it.
Best wishes and happy travels!
Nickie & Phil XX
* For those who didn’t know, Blighty is a British English slang term for Britain, deriving from the Hindustani word vilāyatī (pronounced bilāti in many Indian dialects and languages). Now used as a term of endearment. Wikipedia's great!