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15th December 2013

15 December, 2013 Leave a comment

We have finally finished creating our video from the world trip.

We have cramped 23 countries in 11 months into a 4 mins video.

Hope you enjoy it.

http://vimeo.com/m/81924102

8th February – On the road again…to Berlin!

14 February, 2013 Leave a comment

Julie worked from home this morning, so we met near my work in West London and went to Heathrow terminal 5 to take our 4pm plane to    Berlin.

We’ve heard a lot about this historical and important city but never been, so you can imagine how excited we were.

We arrived in Berlin snow on time and got my passport stamped as part of my collection to get stamps. Bus TXL took us to Alexandraplatz via some of the main sites we are going to see tomorrow. We were supposed to change at Alexandraplatz and get a metro to our hostel but we both didn’t feel like sleeping in a hostel.

Comms Tower Alexanderplatz

Comms Tower Alexanderplatz

Park Inn at Alexandraplatz was the hotel of our choice. They put us into a panoramic room overlooking the city. After dropping our stuff, we walked to Nikolaiviertel to eat. Its an area where one can eat local food. We selected Brauhaus Georgbrau as a place to eat.
I don’t think this neighbourhood see a lot of black people because when I walked in everyone was looking at me. It was strange but homely because that’s how people reacted when we travelled last year. We ate very well. Julie and I had a large pilsner beer, I had sausage and potato for dinner whilst Julie chose a vegetable dish.

Brauhaus Georgbäu

The food was good, really enjoyed it even though people say German food is not that good. The walk back to the hotel was cold and we were happy to go back into our nice hotel. Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

En français

J’ai travaillé toute la matinée de la maison et à 12h45, j’ai pris le bus pour aller jusqu’à Finsbury Park pour prendre la Picadilly Line.
Et un peu plus d’une heure plus tard, j’ai retrouvé Kwasi à Acton Town pour aller ensemble à Heathrow.
Arrivés au terminal 5, on patiente en faisant les boutiques pour notre vol pour Berlin.

On n’a pas de retard et on décolle peu après 16h.

Le vol se passe plutôt bien et quand on arrive à Tegel Berlin il neige pas mal. Enfin pas de quoi fermer l’aéroport.

On galère un peu pour trouver le direction des bus car c’est vraiment mal indiqué mais au final on y arrive. €2,40 plus tard, on attend le bus TXL pour Alexanderplatz.

Having a pint or two

Having a pint or two

Une fois dans le bus, on décide qu’on ne veut vraiment pas dormir dans l’auberge de jeunesse qu’on a réservé. Dommage, ils vont nous faire payer la première nuit…

Une fois arrivés à Alexanderplatz, on demande au portier d’un centre commercial s’il connaît un hôtel dans le coin. Ils nous prend un peu pour des débiles et nous indique que la grande tour là juste au-dessus c’est un hôtel: le Park Inn.

On réserve pour trois nuits et sans tarder on s’installe dans notre chambre panoramique au 21ème étage.

Peu de temps après, on s’aventure dans le Nikolaiviertel, soit disant le vieux Berlin. On se pose dans une brasserie recommandée dans les guides et je commande un schnitzel végétarien. Avec ces histoires de viande de cheval dans les plats surgelés, je préfère ne pas trop m’aventurer…

Berlin

Kwasi lui prend la traditionnelle saucisse avec des patates à l’eau. Pas fameuse la cuisine allemande, heureusement qu’ils ont la bière… Ça fait passer le goût.

On aurait bien commandé un apfelstrudel mais les portions sont tellement copieuses qu’on part après nos plats et on rentre bien repus jusqu’à notre hôtel sous la Fernsehturm.

The day before…

4 September, 2011 1 comment

First, happy Birthday Sarah.

Second, we leave in less than 24 hours.

Our packs are ready and we are planning our last meal with some friends : nice, cheap Thai food at Churchill Arms in Notting Hill.

See you in China!

En francais:
D’abord, joyeux anniversaire Sarah!
Ensuite, nous quittons Londres dans moins de 24 heures! Nos sacs sont prêts et nous allons retrouver avec quelques amis pour un dernier diner: thaï au Churchill Armstrong a Notting Hill.

A plus tard en Chine

Categories: UK

Moving to France / Le déménagement

23 August, 2011 Leave a comment

Written by Julie

As promised, here is the post about the trip between London and Paris with the 10 bags. Well it was a good thing that I was over prepared. I took only 2 minutes to put all the bags in the taxi and only 30 minutes to get there. I actually arrived early and found a really nice ‘Information’ guy to help with the all the luggage. After checking the bags in, I was bag free for a couple of hours. At my arrival in London, it was also easy to get all the bags and put them on 2 trolleys. Getting the trolleys out was more difficult but I got there in the end. It was all going alright until the door of the van my mom hired opened on the motorway! It is all over now and our bags and boxes are locked in my mom’s barn.

 

En français:

Chose promise, chose due. Voici le post sur le déménagement. Je suis bien contente de m’être préparée pour ce jour. Ca n’a pris que 2 minutes pour charger tous les sacs dans le taxi et 30 minutes pour aller jusqu’à l’aéroport. Là-bas, j’ai trouvé une personne pour m’aider à pousser le deuxième chariot. Je suis arrivée à l’aéroport trop tôt donc j’ai dû attendre 20 minutes avec tous mes bagages avant de pouvoir les enregistrer. Une fois que c’était fait, j’ai pu passer la sécurité et attendre quelques heures avant d’embarquer. Après 1h30 de vol, je suis arrivée à Lyon sans encombre et j’ai réussi à récupérer tous les sacs plutôt vite. Tout allait bien et on arrivait à la maison quand on a découvert que la porte du van qu’on avait loué s’est ouverte sur l’autoroute! Tout est bien rangé maintenant dans la grange à La Flachère.

Enfin maintenant tout est fini

Categories: UK

Leaving Adecco

16 August, 2011 Leave a comment

Today I (Julie) finished work at Adecco after 4 years.

The day started well, I booked taxi to get to work as I was carrying heavy stuff. As I was getting the bags from the floor, my work trousers cracked right in front of the taxi driver so I quickly changed to the only pair of trousers left jeans. Then the taxi driver decides to take Piccadilly even if some road signs say ‘AVOID’. We spent 25 minutes which meant that I arrived at my last day of work late and wearing jeans….

The day got better when I discovered that my lovely colleagues wrapped my desk in newspaper and decorated the office with embarrassing photos of me stolen from my Facebook page! Have a look below….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They even had all the flags of the countries we are visiting in the order of visit!

 

 

 

As soon as I managed to sit down, I received a nice French breakfast: croissant et chocolat chaud.

And for lunch almost the whole team went to Vapiano for soma pasta, pizza and salads.

And before leaving, I received a giant ‘sorry you’re leaving card’ with an iTunes voucher and a new purse to replace my horrible, pierced, old one.

Thanks team! And thanks to the office fairies who spent time after hours decorating 😉

Categories: UK

Bags, bags, bags

15 August, 2011 Leave a comment

So this weekend, we have spent hours sorting our stuff in three categories: for charity, for storage, for the bin. At the end of the weekend, we were left with kilos of stuff that we wanted to keep: clothes, books, kitchen utensils, a 17-kilo Buddha head amongst other things.

The picture on the left is the result. 9 bags!

The good news is that we have found a place to store them for a year for free, thanks Mom. The bad bews: Julie has to take all 9 of them + 2 laptops on a plane to Lyon on 17th August, on her own!

We don’t even know how Julie will do between the house (ok a taxi to get there but then how do you push 3 trolleys with only 2 hands) and terminal 5 (ok a taxi to get there but then how do you push 3 trolleys with only 2 hands) and from the Lyon airport to the car!

Well, there are some solutions offered by the airports but at £8 a bag for 2 minutes of portage, we have chosen to not go for them…

Make sure you come back to our blog for the post AFTER the trip from hell!

 

Categories: UK

Another weekend, another chore.

31 July, 2011 Leave a comment

Today, we scanned all of Kwasi’s CDs to sell them on music magpie. In total, the site accepted 159 CDs and Kwasi should get £79.95 back, better than nothing. And because we are selling more than 50 CDs they are going to send a courier to pick everything up, brilliant!

 

 

 

The rest of the CDs: rejected, empty ones or broken have ended up in the recycling bags.

Kwasi said: ‘It’s been emotional’.

Categories: UK