Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Netherlands

So it goes like this…… We drove into Amsterdam, set up camp and hit a ‘coffee shop’. 3 days later we found ourselves surrounded by empty chip packets with some weird stains on our clothes. The end.
OK so we did get high heaps but we actually did some stuff too! We crossed the practically non-existent border from Belgium into the Netherlands and headed for Rotterdam via the Delta Works.

Stopping for lunch overlooking some of the reclaimed land next to the water

Stopping for lunch overlooking some of the reclaimed land next to the water

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France & Belgium

A joint birthday family get-together for Uncle David & myself

A joint birthday family get-together for Uncle David & myself

We finally got the last visa that we had to get in the UK courtesy of Tajikistan. With fast-track it was GBP 100 and took less than 24 hours. Finally we can piss off the application form-filling for a bit. Was this trip for paperwork or for sightseeing?!

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Good Old Blighty!

So four weeks after hitting the UK we were getting sick of hanging around London like a bad smell. Then suddenly we got THE CALL.
Our troopy had docked at Southampton Port 4 days earlier and customs had just cleared it for collection. What a game changer! The thought that the vehicle that we had poured our lives into was waiting for us just 87 miles away was fantastic.

Finally after a month without being able to drive himself around Jerome has his freedom back!

Finally after a month without being able to drive himself around Jerome has his freedom back!

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D-Day 70th Anniversary, Duxford UK

After weeks of being cooped up in Jess’s dad’s apartment we needed a break from all the visas and other paperwork we’d been slogging our guts out with.  Jess though that I’d enjoy checking out the Royal Airforce museum at Duxford. She decided to google it one afternoon to find that the 70th anniversary of D-Day was that weekend. She was excited to tell me as I love all the old WW2 war planes. After she showed me the website I was well impressed, not only did they have loads of operational WW2 planes but there were D-Day exhibitions of all the vehicles and equipment used during the invasion.

B-17 Flying Fortress flown over from the states. Lots of other fighters lined up in the background

B-17 Flying Fortress flown over from the states. Lots of other fighters lined up in the background

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Family reunion The Netherlands.

 

The house my great grandfather built in Laren, The Netherlands

The house my Great Grandfather built in Laren, The Netherlands

I was contacted whilst we were in Nepal by my uncle, he told me of the upcoming plans to have a family reunion for mums, Dutch side of the family.
It was to be held on the 17th of may in Laren, Holland.
We didn’t think that by this date we would be in Holland or even have the troopy but thought it would be worth while making a quick trip over there on the Eurostar to meet the Dutch chapter.

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