It was a bit of a challenge finding our way to their apartment but after a few wrong turns we managed to find the correct street, thanks once again to Google Maps.
IMH: The tree of us just clicked when studying together for about 6 months in the town of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Since then, it has just been impossible to all three meet-up somewhere as I was often the furthest and it would have been a terrible shame if we could not meet-up on this trip
. Ina, originally from Germany, lives and works in London now and Heidi, who lives with her husband Martin and gorgeous little girl, Vilde in Oslo, Norway offered to fly over so we can meet for one night in London. It was very special that both of them went to so much effort to arrange for us to meet, finally after 6 years. When we met it was as though no time had passed and we had a fabulous time. Ina's flat mates (Liz and Rob - who did all the cooking) were unbelievable not only did they prepared the meal, which allowed us more quality time together, they also cleaned-up and did the dishes! We were wined and dined with great company to top it off with. Some friendships are life long and even if we do not have regular interaction (distance is a hindrance), we'll always be friends and care deeply for each other. I hope they would be able to visit us in South Africa one day so we can return the favour.
There were many friends we could not catch up with during our whirlwind tour of the UK and promise to be back to see them all in the near future.
Next morning after a slightly later start than anticipated we said our farewells and headed south towards what was called the New Forrest. Sadly due to loads of traffic and terrible weather (even hail storms) we were forced to cut the drive short and turn north towards London where we'd planned to meet Inge-Marie's good friends Heidi and Ina that she had met as an exchange student in The Netherlands a few years earlier.