They speak English here...

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, October 6, 2006

On Tuesday I flew back to England from Madrid. The flight was uneventful, though a bit sad...looking out the window while leaving Madrid I wanted the plane to turn around and take me back! But, on to new adventures.

I am staying in a place called Caversham, which is about 40min outside London. Or as Ange likes to call it: Caversham-on-Thames. Ben, Angela & 10 month-old Anna have just moved here from Canada, so I am visiting them for a bit before carrying on home. Ange has a job working as Development Director for a private school, so she works all day while Ben, Anna and I hang out! It's great having lots of time to chat and catch up, Ben & I have known each other, 14 years (yikes!) but for much of it we rarely seem to live in the same country, let alone the same city! So it's great being here.

Anna is gorgeous, I met her in the spring when they came over for a visit, but then she was only 4 months old and didn't do much. Now she is crawling, chattering, laughing and loves to play games! And Ben is a great dad, he loves spending time with her and it's great to see them together. Despite an evil letting agent and her disparaging remarks about "house husbands", they seem to be settling in well!

So, I am in England, where they speak....English! He he he. For those of you who have travelled for a long time, or worked in a foreign country, you might relate to this feeling. After almost 4 months in Spain, hearing, speaking, reading, living Spanish, it was crazy getting off the plane in London and hearing announcements that I could understand every word! And signs I could read. The conversations around me, I could understand those too. Well, maybe not every word, since they do speak a bit funny on this side of the pond ;) But more than enough to get by anyway. My brain is still operating in Spanish though, I can't stop saying "vale, vale" and "venga, vamos!". Some people do think I am tanned enough to pass myself off as Spanish...(of course anyone who is Spanish knows the truth as soon as I open my mouth). Anyway, it is a lot easier when you don't have to think before you ask someone for directions! Makes eavesdropping a lot simpler too :)
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