Lots of Love in London

How did our World Trip get back on track?

 


 

 

Winters Chilling Tales # 107

Day 193 continued….

So we were unable to find accommodation and not feeling any love in London. We also do not have the money we paid for our 3 week apartment back into our credit card, so no love there. Then Summers cousin, who she has been in contact with via email during our trip so far and we even have had some of the girls school work posted to, tells us to pop over to her place. We had always planned to go visit them and spend some time with them but we didn’t think we would be there straight away.

 

 

We check out and drove over to cousin Avril and Micks place, just putting on a brave face really.  As soon as I entered the freeway I copped a bit of road rage. The French number plates are not going well in the UK. We get these weird looks and people really stare at the plates, car and us. We don’t make it any better by saying bonjour, bonsour, orivour and waving.

We arrived safely and it was really good to catch up and have a conversation. It is funny we have travelled for the last 6 months throughout predominantly non-English speaking countries so when we are able to actually have a conversation without the other person or us having to repeat ourselves or speak slower it is really appreciated.

It was so very relaxing for us and our accommodation woe’s seemed far away.  Avril and Mick had also put a shout out for our accommodation amongst their friends.  Before we knew it Avril had hi-jacked our little family and she insisted on us staying for a night…..which turned into an entire week.

We slept on the floor in London and happily so.

We slept on the floor in London and happily so.

 

It was an excellent week and I wouldn’t be too far off the mark in saying it would be a turning point for our year trip.

We can handle alot of things but having no money means we have to go home and we all want to make it around.

We were loving the social aspect and then had a bonus on the weekend when we were treated to a South African BBQ or ‘braais’ (pronounced, br eye) as they call it, at Avril’s son’s house. There were so many ribs in thick tasty sauce, I had to try everything.

So much meat during our South African 'braais'.

So much meat during a South African ‘braais’.

Winter digging, Mick putting together a cubbyhouse and Derek on the grill ready for a South African 'braais' in London.

Winter digging, Mick putting together a cubbyhouse and Derek on the grill ready for a South African ‘braais’ in London.

We managed to get some of the girls school work done and slept not having to worry about where we would sleep each night.

Spring doing some maths out the back with Jessie cat resting close by.

Spring doing some maths out the back with Jessie cat resting close by.

They also fed us deliciously big meals each night, they took us to a few English pubs for a quiet one and we had English tea with a neighbour who also made a special Colombian mud cake. Needless to say we are getting fat.

Proper English tea with Colombian mud cake.

Proper English tea with Colombian mud cake.

 

We learnt that the main shopping street is always called ‘the High Street’. We went and spent time in a very English park and hired some three wheelers for the girls.

Three wheel fun in a park near Dulwich cost 10 pound for 1 hour.

Three wheel fun in a park near Dulwich cost 10 pound for 1 hour.

We headed into London on a bus and then the tube and saw as many of the sites we could, such as Big Ben, 10 Downing St, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

Family selfie at Big Ben London.

Family selfie at Big Ben London.

We also got a flying photo at the Harry Potter Platform 9 and 3/4.

Autumn trying to escape our World Trip through Platform 9 3/4 in London.

Autumn trying to escape our World Trip through Platform 9 3/4 in London.

We even managed to get caught in the madness of the tube strike. The buses started to pile up on the streets and so we had to get out of town before the strike started at 1830. And of all the things the entire next day was a tube strike day and so we knew a trip into town would have been hard.

The week just flew by. The kids played with Jessie their cat for hours when not doing their school work, we were relaxed, recharged and very grateful for the weeks stay. Oh we even had our last dinner out together at a fantastic Thai restaurant which tasted just like the Thai food in Sydney.

Our last night in London and we enjoyed great Thai food with Avril and Mick.

Our last night in London and we enjoyed great Thai food with Avril and Mick.

 

Are we back on track? Definitely. Do we feel loved? Definitely.

Could we have handled this country without family? No.

We will do a piece on why Australian’s should visit the UK in the future but for now we are extremely grateful to Avril and Mick for good conversation, great food and heaps of laughs…..also Mick and Summer were renamed the ‘gin twins’ by Avril for good reason.

We still have 4 more weeks in Great Britain, let’s hope we have heaps of love as our first week was really great.

Thanks Avril and Mick, you two are the best.

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