The UK Is OK Thanks!

The UK Is OK Thanks!

Is England still the same after the Brexit result?

Yes, & no – depending on who you talk to!

My wife & I decided to pay a visit to my homeland to see what the mood in Britain is right now – & to catch up with some relatives that I haven’t seen for more than 40 years!

So, what is the mood in the UK? Surprisingly upbeat! Many of the people I spoke to admitted that they were surprised at the result of the poll but they just wanted to move on & get on with it.

 

Enroute to the world famous Bury markets!

Enroute to the world famous Bury markets!

And that’s exactly what we did – just got on with enjoying our trip across the Channel. We spent 4 days in & around Stockport, which is 5 kilometres south of Manchester. This area is where most of my extended family (Uncles, Aunts & Cousins) live & it was great to see those that we were able to spend some time with.

Big “Thank you’s” go to my cousin Dianne & her partner John for hosting us!

With My Cousin Susan & her husband Terry

With My Cousin Susan & her husband Terry

I was finally able to get together with my cousin Susan & her family. I haven’t seen her since my teenage years – so we had quite a bit to catch up on!

We also managed to catch up with my Aunty Brenda, her son Andrew & his partner & their cute son Robin – members of my family that I hadn’t seen for over 30 years – where does our time go??Lunch at John Millington

Had lunch with my cousin Joanne & her offspring – Hannah & Billy (Jimmy couldn’t be with us due to work). Thanks for the great Star Trek T shirt Jo! 🙂

We also caught up with my Uncle Les & his wife Lil & finally met up with my cousin Jon at his reptile store, where my brave wife had a cuddle with a rather large albino python!

Dinner with my cousin Linda, her husband Paul & their two sons – Chris (& his wife Julia) & David (& his partner Michelle)

20160713_105049From Manchester  we headed down the M1 to London where we stayed a few days with my cousin Anne – who is always a delight to be around!

With not so many family members to catch up with in London we were able to be more like the tourists we really are! Catching up with my friend Roger was a bonus too – we had a great lunch in a tapas style South American restaurant near the Whitechapel High Street.

An easy landmark to find!

An easy landmark to find!

We started with a ride on the London eye. Despite having been to London several times, we had not, up to this point, ridden on this attraction. All I can say is wow!! The views are truly spectacular. Even though the weather wasn’t very kind (we got rained on in the queue), we were amazed at how much of the city you could see from inside your capsule – and the views of Westminster are unbeatable!

We also went on a Thames river cruise – thankfully we did not get Tower Bridgerained on! Never been on one of these before but they certainly provide you with a different perspective on the London skyline – sailing under Tower Bridge was certainly different to gong across it!

Despite the fact that the skies were opening up, I convinced my wife to come with me to Abbey Road – it was only a short ride on the London Underground & then a short walk of just over five minutes. Luckily we had an umbrella or we

Not Just Any Pedestrian Crossing!

Not Just Any Pedestrian Crossing!

would have got soaked! I was amazed that there were so many people there, seeing as it is a main traffic thoroughfare – motorists must dread having to navigate this place because, you guessed it, everyone wants to walk across that famous zebra crossing as depicted on the classic Beatles album “Abbey Road” (I’m the one in the middle of the crossing!)

We finished up with a short trip to see St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul's
which did not disappoint – truly a marvel of its age.

London is such an amazing city – you can always find something else to check out. We didn’t even catch a show at the West End – guess we will just have to save that for next time!

And isn’t that what life is all about? To create experiences with those you love & care for, to see as much of this amazing planet as you can!

Being a Digital Nomad certainly provides me with the capacity to be able to do this more than most &, for that, I am truly grateful!

 

 

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