“Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone”
So, we have been in England for a whole month already and I think it’s safe to say that the above lyrics sum it up.
“Ahhh, this temperature is perfect!” I said as we walked out of the airport on a crisp, 24 degree English morning. We hopped into our small hire car, making sure to fill every nook and cranny with luggage, and set off for Brighton where we would be staying with my Grandma, Nanet (Indonesian for Grandma). We were warmly welcomed into her house and we instantly began retelling our past 7 months of adventure. My Aunties (Mum’s sisters) popped round to say hi and by the end of the day, it’s safe to say that our narrating skills were on par with those of David Attenborough.
Anyway, we stayed for about 10 days in Brighton where went for walks along the seafront, played soccer in the park and went sightseeing in the countryside. Obviously, we have done a lot over the span of a month so I’m going to use photos to try and show it all. As they say, a picture tells a thousand words.
We then headed off to Leigh-on-Sea which is where Mum’s Dad, Kakek (Indonesian for Grandpa), lives. The house is much bigger so it’s a lot less crowded and we can all have our own space – in Brighton I have to sleep on an inflatable bed that goes down by the morning, so, a normal bed is a welcome sight! We played mini golf, went to the driving range and played all sorts of games which was good fun.
During our stay there, we also went for a trip up to London for a day which was really nice. It’s such an amazing city with such history and grand buildings whilst also having amazing modern buildings which are home to hundreds of offices. We went into the National Art Gallery, visited Trafalgar Square, walked by Big Ben and crossed the Millennium Bridge, all while getting free bus rides which are included with the train tickets. Public transport in London is really quite amazing. Once again, I’ll let the photos do the talking.
We then headed back to Brighton for a few nights then set off to Mudeford to stay in Nanet’s beach hut. Everyone we told about our plans thought we were mental and that we’d freeze to death! Despite the doubters, we stuck with it. It ended up being really lovely and because it was so cold, there was absolutely no one there. One day, we went to visit stonehenge as it is only an hour or so drive from the beach hut and when we arrived there, we were shocked at what it had turned into. There were fences everywhere and it was a full blown construction site. To top it all off, it cost £8 each! We ummed and ahhed for a while before deciding that it wasn’t worth it and that you can see it perfectly well from the road.
We then came back to Brighton which is where we are now and as I’m sitting here, there’s a monstrous storm brewing which will send 90mph winds our way in the next few days…or so they say. Our experiences with weather information on the boat has lead us to take all weather predictions with a pinch of salt. What we can guarantee is that it’s only getting colder from here, so that perfect 24 degrees has turned into a nippy 15 degrees and no doubt that it will continue to plummet for as long as we’re here. That crazy heat isn’t looking so bad anymore!
Overall, we have been having a great time and I’m sure we will continue to have a great time. There’s so much to do in England that I’m sure we’ll have plenty to do for now.
Also, now that I have so much time on my hands, I can make videos. I’ve decided to make a sort-of ‘series’ about our trip. So, here’s the first episode: