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Spain to SNOW!!

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So firstly, Merry Xmas all!!! I hope that it was everything that you desired!!! And since i am off to Scotland tomorrow I hope you all have a fab new year (and that i make it back not too damaged!!)

So xmas was on board a party board to Spain....this incidently tended to be a P&O ferrie....full of people who were most probably too afraid to fly to Spain!!!(OLD) Still life is what you make of it, and i still had a ball!!

So get to portsmouth fairly simple, we had book train tickets, which seemed cool . . . boarded to train which left 15 mins earlier, only to change at another station to board our original train (as it got there 20 mins earlier). So packs on our back (well, on mine, mark had his little wheelie bag) . . . decided to head in one direction....

Stumbled on a sign directing us to Charles Dickens birthplace . . .how cool was that, here we are christmas eve, and just stumbled onto Charles Dickens birthplace....could not pass that up!!! So as eventful as it was, less than 2 minutes after setting gaze on his house, we head off again.....stumble through the roundabout and across a sign directing to the historical dockyards.....

Gotta be worth a look!!! the township was quite cool, had a brunch type experience in a little park, hence our friendly squirel. and ventured on....Did i mention it was xmas eve, so yeah, the museams were closed....Still had a pretty walk, saw some of the old bits and pieces, included some gates in the middle of a round about (have no idea who they were keeping out and from where)...

Kept walking, trying to get back to the train station, stumbled across a shopping centre, and then, thought, it was really time to figure out where we were.... thought ok, this is it,,,, and stumbled across spinnaker tower....So it was clear cut, had to go up there....could pass that up!!

So in line, and told that we had to check everything in. That was cool, but also had to allow them to check all of our personal gear to see whether we were concealling a bomb!! So it was a great veiw, and a nice place to see the sun setting...

On to the continential peir where we had to join the criuse ship (or in this case ferry). So walking back, i get to somewhere familiar and go, cool up here is the round about.....

Then some guy walking ahead of us, somehow ends up beheind us, and starts to ask if we knew where . . . and then stops ("nah, backpacks, you guys have no idea")....turns out, that we did and we enable him to reunit with his MRS. He happens to have book the same cruise, just at a slightly more expensive cost (we paid 99, they paid 149, and some others 220).... jokes on him....

So he disappears to meet his wife, we to the ferry terminal....so we are in line, he pops up again to say hello... apparently his wife had seen us earlier in the day, when they thought i was laughing at him stumbling over his suitcase (that would have been cool to see), so he returns to his MRS and then the people behind us (who has been listening in) decide to chat....First thoughts were, AHHHHH!!!! but after a while, they grew on me and tended to be quite cool.....

So it seems the six of us became the life of the ferry..... Marcus (an american) was the one lost in portsmouth, Belinda (an aussie) his wife . . . both living in london and heading back to oz in the new year...... Alan (on english by birth) and Wendy (an american), live outside cardiff, wales....

With alan in production (film & TV) and wendy having been a stand up comic in a previous life, definately made the trip very interesting....(they met after she picked him up hitchhiking across the states)

So spain was a very quick visit where we nearly missed our connection home.....and then coming back into the UK, belinda got hasseled (something to do with applying to residency and being a prostitute), and i expected things to pass smoothly for me . . . But no, once again the 20 questions from customs....i think i am going to have to get use to that!!!

So back into London, and Snow had been falling, not much, but still snow all the same.....after a debarcle getting home (trains not running) we walked down our street to see snow covered cars . . . and wake up yesterday and snow in our little backyard....

So, tomorrow, I am off to Scotland, where no doubt, there is going to be miles of snow!! So have a fantastic new year!!! And i will catch you then!!

Posted by cathdoran 00:00 Archived in Spain

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