Had too little access to the internet, too much stuff to do, and too little sleep to actually write on here. Will have to recap properly when I get home in a week. ARGH! My holiday will be over in a week. Will be nice to see everyone though. I just like being on holidays 🙂
Monday 17th October
After 4 hours sleep, woke up at 5am Malta time. Travelled from Malta to Gatwick, Gatwick to Luton (EasyJet cancelled flight at Gatwick), then Luton to Belfast (after EasyJet delayed new flight from Luton). Arrived at Monica’s 10pm Belfast time. Monica had Mark and Katrina over for dinner, which I joined (obviously) very late. Collapsed into bed at 12am.
Tuesday 18th October
After a good 8 hours sleep, went out to breakfast with Monica. When Monica headed off to work, I ventured off and spent the day getting pampered. I think I go to the wrong beauticians in Sydney. Never had pedicures that didn’t hurt before. Had a nap later that day, and then Monica and I went to the Errigle pub (I think) and met up with her friends Luke and Tony. Turns out Tony is into techno too, his favourite also being Surgeon, so we had a good chat about music 🙂 I drank a few beers – a Dublin Pils which was nice. We all had a cup of tea at Luke’s place afterwards. Don’t think I should drink tea after beer. Odd mix! Finally crashed out at 2am.
Wednesday 19th October
Had to wake up REALLY early as I was off to do a tour of the Coastal Roadway. Really bad weather most of the day, but it cleared up when we did the Giant’s Causeway. Absoultely beautiful sights. Went to the Bell’s distillery. I drank lots of whisky. Yes, I was drunk 😛 Got a certificate to prove it too – um that I drank lots of whisky, not that I was drunk! When I got back to Belfast, Monica and I went to a Japanese restaurant. Had a great prawn dish. Yes I drank beer – Ashashi (spelling?) this time. Like that a lot! Chatted for a while afterwards, and then I packed. Didn’t get to sleep until 2 again.
Thursday 20th October
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEC!!!!!
Had to get up early again, as I was getting the 8.15am plane to Gatwick. Thankfully, the plane was only 15 minutes late YAY! Stuffed around at Gatwick airport for ages, talking to Dave, picking up my rental car (really cute Nissan Micra in Silver that only had 14 miles on the clock), and reading the maps to see how to get to Reading. Decided I needed to relax for the rest of the day, as I needed a bit of sleep, so thought I’d leave sightseeing until tomorrow. Got seriously lost for about an hour, and enjoyed checking out the countryside whilst doing so. A LOVELY LOVELY man at a service station gave me great directions, and I finally made it to Bec’s work in Reading just after 3pm. Had a quick nap, then Bec and I went to the shops to get some food for dinner. Have they got Praline Flake back home in Australia yet? They are GREAT!!! Bec made us some lovely bruschetta and spaghetti, and we sat around chatting for ages and drinking wine (must remember to get this at home – Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, WA, Cabernet Merloit 2001 “Trinders”). Bec has just gone to sleep after having to hear me talk for HOURS and I am just about to do the same.
Currently researching the directions to Birmingham for tomorrow. I will NOT get lost this time (and I will leave early!). I am meeting Doris for lunch and hopefully taking in The Cotswolds as well.
Need sleep. Hmmm…I think I need a longer holiday 🙂 I can’t believe it’s flown by so quickly. Must plan another trip 🙂