An afternoon in Glasgow

After saying goodbye to Claire, we took a train to Edinburgh and then a bus to Glasgow for a quick catch up with Reuben’s friends Helen and Wesley. We had an afternoon and evening free before our early morning flight to Belfast, so thought we would pop over to see them.  Although we only had…

Snow, an island and a house at the beach…

Our trip through Great Britain continued with a train ride to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, where we met our good friend Claire, who had found us a lovely little place by the beach.  It was so lovely to be tucked up inside, watching the waves (and occasionally running outside to delight in the snowflakes!)  It was fabulous to…

Adventures in Scotland

We travelled by bus to Scotland to visit my friend Laura and her father Ian. Laura and I have hung out in Ethiopia and New Zealand together, so I was excited to get to see her in her own country! On our first day, Ian took us to the little town of Callander at the…

Hakuna Matata

Our last two days in London were awesome! We started our final two days by going to the Tower Bridge and taking the elevator to the top to see the exhibition there. They had an exhibit about Olympic cities…Europe seems to have been pretty over-represented!  We also checked out the engine room below before heading…

Piako visits Germany

Piako visited Germany at a very cold time of year – but he still loved the Berlin Wall.  He also like partying for pre-Carnival in Cologne!      

Piako in Ireland

While in Dublin, Piako visited the Guinness factory…as you do in Ireland!

London again

We were excited to head back to London as we had really enjoyed our first couple of days there! On our first full day there, we headed out to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.  We had received the excellent advice to go and see the guards preparing off to one side…

An overnight in Farnborough

We stopped off for a brief visit to the small town of Farnborough, where Reuben’s friend Dilys and her brother John live. It was lovely to catch up with them – we enjoyed a walk by the canal, had dinner at a Nepali restaurant, were treated to a stay at the Ely hotel, visited the Farnborough…

A quick trip to Wales

In spite of a weather forecast predicting floods and storms, we decided to make a flying day trip to Wales with Ally and Charis.  Neither of us had been to Wales before, so we were excited to see some of the country.  We had time to see a couple of things before heading back to…

Bathing in Bath

From Bristol we did a day trip to the City of Bath. The whole city is a World Heritage Site and it is famous both for its ancient Roman Baths and for its stunning Georgian architecture.  We arrived in the pouring rain, but we were grateful to get there at all as a lot of…

The torrential rains of Bristol

We flew back from Turkey into the rain and cold of England…upon arriving in Bristol we realised we had touched down in the middle of flooding! However, that didn’t stop us from having a great time with Reuben’s friends Ally and Paul and their daughter Charis.  We spent a day exploring Bristol, and in amongst…