We are not spending a ton of time in the UK, and there are two reasons for this:
First is cost. As we have alluded to previously, this place isn’t cheap, and if we want to stretch our budget to 15 months (maybe more??) we need to watch our spending, and spend more time in the “cheap” countries, and watch our bottom dollar in the dearer regions of the world.
Second, we do believe this is a part of the world where we can travel when we are older, as opposed to a country like, say, India, where we might not be as keen to visit when we are kicking it at 70.
As a result of our planned quick visit however, we have recognized that travelling this quick is tiring (and expensive in it’s own right), and so we hope that we will be able to plan a little less and go with the flow a whole lot more, once we have left the UK.
That being said, we are so happy we are here, and are thrilled to be visiting all of our family and friends….we are definitely making the most of time.
Taking the train from London to Maidstone is just over an hour in duration. It was here in Loose, Maidstone in the county of Kent that
we would be visiting Emily, an old friend of mine from my past travels in Australia.
Emily and I worked together in Byron Bay, Oz waaaay back in 1996-97. She is one of a handful of good friends who I have kept in touch with, and I was thrilled that I was able to see her and her family again: Her husband, Stuart the Great and her two beautiful daughters Ellie & Amelia.
Our first night there we were fed a huge heaping helping of lasagne. It’s funny, but this has been our favourite meal on the road so far. Not because it was amazing British cuisine (although trust me, it was amaaaazing), but instead because it reminded both Shawna and I of home. This is one of our favourite meals in Canada, and although we haven’t been away that long at all, there is something very comforting about small things like this.
It was a very short three days in Maidstone, but it was an awesome break between the big cities of London and Glasgow.
We spent a a ton of time visiting, walking, running, a little scotch sampling, and of course eating. We were introduced to PIMMS and whitebait, although not at the same time. Additionally we took part in the most extravagant wine and cheese evening we have ever been involved in! They may be the first cheese-aficionados I have ever met.
We also spent an evening with Dave and Margaret, Emily’s parents, who put on an incredible bbq for us. Seriously, if you are ever near Maidstone, you need to stop into see there place. Almost 280 years old, and solid as the day it was built. I love how our house back in Regina isn’t even one fifth as old, and isn’t even as close to as structurally sound….and we don’t have a Maid’s Quarters either!
Thanks again to our incredible hosts – you guys were great – we appreciate everything so much!
Next stop – Scotland!!!