The Shetlands to London
Happy Birthday to me .. I managed to get up just before lunch, get myself together and popped down to one of the cafe's that has Wifi.
As much as I love it here in the Shetlands, I had signed up for a number of events for the Couchsurfing get together in London on the weekend, so I thought I better arrange getting back.
On the Thursday night Lee invited a few of her friends along to the Lounge Bar. What a fantastic night we had. As luck should have it the bar itself was pretty dead, but I think we more than made up for noise. There where so many stories and lots and lots of laughter. My stomach was hurting we laughed so much. To everyones surprise they even had cranberry which I duly mixed with the local Shetlands vodka, not a bad drop at all.
It will be sad leaving here, I have enjoyed it so much. Lee has been such a wonderful friend, the island itself seems to draw me, but I also know I will be back. Next time I shall be a bit more organised and book a tour to see some of the many islands that make up the Shetlands. I will also try and get hold of the few Leisk documents floating around and try to track down a bit of history. A grandparent would be fantastic then I too can be a dual passport holder, but I have this vague notion it will be a great grandparent.
I started the journey back to London on Friday afternoon. What a hell of a trip it is going straight through. Overnight boat to Aberdeen, with a few hours uncomfortable kip on the floor, not to mention a few hours of 'unexpected movement' .. what an understatement, you could feel the boat flying in the air, hanging and then 'bang' as we bottomed out .. on the bright side I wasn't sick, so I think I can very safely now say I don't get seasick, back to the trip .. a walk over to the train station, train from Aberdeen to Edinburgh, bus to Edinburgh Airport, plane to Luton, bus to Baker Street and tube to Islington. The boat left Shetlands at 5 on Friday and I got back to Islington 5.30 Saturday, so virtually 24 hours straight travelling.
I showered, changed and jumped back on the tube for the CS BBQ. Its a long weekend in London and its wet, cold and blustery. I was tempted to stay in, but felt a bit better after cleaning up. The BBQ was great, so many people from all over, it truly was a league of all nations, but honestly I just wasnt with it. After a couple of hours, 2 plastic cups of wine and a hamburger I decided to call it a day and headed on home where I crashed.
Sundays event was a picnic at Regent Park, its still wet, cold and blustery, so after a walk around the park, which is absolutely gorgeous by the way, I grabbed a bite to eat, bought a couple of books and headed home to veg out.
So I am very well rested now .. drinking Starbucks ... ewww I know, but they seem to have taken over and its the closest wifi spot.
Tonights CS event is dinner and wine night so I think I shall be more than up for that one ....
Take Care all and speak to you soon