I saved money on my return flight to London by taking a 22 hour stop over in Belgrade. AKA free trip to Belgrade! We quickly discovered how cheap this place was so ate out at the most exciting and high quality restaurant that was close by. The food was amazing. I made the mistake of ordering shots instead of cocktails for one of the rounds which set the tone for the rest of the evening.
We got into Athens two days late after missing a night in a hotel, hostel and a ferry ride due to flight delays out of Gatwick. Which I explained in my last post. Our next misfortune was missing our bus from Athens airport to the ferry port. Perhaps we missed it twice but it was no big deal as we had plenty of time before our ferry departed to Mykonos. Our next misfortune was our hostel failing to provide us the transfer from the port to the hostel. So we sat at the port for almost two hours until after two calls they finally showed up (Paraga Beach Hostel). This is where our long line of misfortune ended and the easy going good times rolled into our lives.
So we planned to fly from Gatwick airport in London at 7.20am and spend a few hours in Copenhagen on our stop over to Athens. What we really did was spend 17 hours doing a mini pub crawl through Gatwick on refreshment vouchers. Our flight was delayed. At about 2pm made the call to rebook through the same airline on some ridiculous route with an 18 hour stop in Copenhagen, Denmark and a 7 hour stop in Helsinki, Finland.
Wow, super epic weekend down in Brighton with some amazing pals. So much hijinks. I wanted to share some of it with you. For starters I need to tell you about the bat shit crazy, x stripper, 49 year old, cam girl (those pay per view sites where the person gets all freaky with themselves) who lives with my man, Pete. I met Pete in Vietnam and he’s down from Scotland for the summer doing work experience in Brighton. Lovely man who has landed himself in the worst flatting situation I’ve ever seen.
For pictures of her semi nude go here:
To read about how she bet up her paraplegic, brain dammaged, x stuntman husband, Eddie Kidd and was jailed for five months go here:
So life update! I officially have a girlfriend now! Wow. Didn’t see that coming huh. I’ve done very well too. She’s a beautiful Icelandic girl who also lives in Cambridge, named Hrefna. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. We met through our landlords assistant. Pretty unusual way to meet girls, I know, but I do like to do things differently. So Hrefna and I decided to take a long weekend trip to Norway. We flew early Friday with the intention of hiking Saturday, Sunday and returning Monday. These things never really go to plan though do they.
There was so many bad omens leading up to the trip telling us to stay home. It was becoming a joke. For example my ankle that I had surgery on in October started really hurting. To the point that I had to take pain killers to go to the kitchen at work. The weather prediction also said Friday-fine, Monday-fine and the two days we wanted to hike; Saturday and Sunday-serious rain. Hrefna was heading round to my place to get about 3 hours sleep before our early morning flight; it started bucketing down as she left her place so she arrived soaked to the skin and unable to bring the clothing items she was wearing. Finally one last minute warning had to be when Hrefna got locked inside the bathroom on the train! Obviously we still went for it. I can handle getting wet, but I was very worried about my ankle.
My buddy Rosie and I took a weekend road trip to Wales to see some castles. This is a while back now to be honest, April I believe. I have been very slack with posting here but I plan to be a lot better over the next month.
We stayed in Cardiff and explored two castles: Cardiff Castle and Caerphilly Castle. The latter was actually super impressive, built in the 13th century and is the second biggest castle in Britain.
So for the first time since starting this blog I have a job. So I know what you’re thinking; whatever little interest you may of had in my adventures is now undeserved. However I still plan to make loads of trips around Europe and North Africa throughout the rest of the year and won’t sink to blogging about how congested the roads are or how it sucks how the cute girl from marketing has a boyfriend. Once I get some money coming in it’s going to be all on again! My new job also gives me 25 days/year holiday (5 more than standard in NZ) and 8 bank holidays. So I just thought I’d briefly summarise my transition into a new life in the UK.
So this is what happened:
23rd of May, 2014 (eve of my birthday) – I quit my job while working over in the states then travelled the world and had ankle surgery.
23rd of January, 2015 – I touched down in London and began my job hunt.
22nd of February – moved into a new flat in Cambridge.
23rd of February – started my new job as a Mechanical Design Engineer at the Safeline X-Ray division of Mettler Toledo.