Leaving Scotland also meant that our time in Great Britain was slowly coming to an end – and with it the time traveling in our comfort zone. Yes, we have visited new places that neither John nor myself had seen before, but all those places were not too different to home when it comes to culture and – especially – climate. And, in case of an emergency, friends and family were never too far away. A calming thought indeed. These last few days in Great Britain almost felt like getting ready for the second start of our trip… and that the really big adventure was only going to begin.
On the way down south from Scotland, we only stopped for a night in Alnwick and another night in the Cotswolds. In Alnwick, on the British East Coast, we stayed because it left us in a good position for visiting the sculpture “The Angel of the North” in Newcastle the following morning. An easy detour from the motorway and very impressive to look at and stand underneath.
The night in the Cotswolds we booked because John remembered the area as very picturesque with lots of pretty looking houses, which is always a winner in my eyes. We enjoyed strolling through the little villages and sleeping in Kate’s and Keith’s AirBnB a lot. We definitely could have stayed for longer – and it is very likely that we will be back one day.
The last five days on European soil, we spent at our friend’s Dave (= the first person who met John and me as a couple in New Zealand!) in Storrington, Sussex. Dave agreed on looking after us for a while – and after our car while we would be gone. We had a brilliant time with Mr. Frohock eating like kings and queens, walking through the jungle, spotting a barn owl in the dusk, observing some shy deer, chatting till late, having school lessons in the garden… and John was even allowed to give in to his addiction: He tiled a bathroom. We felt so relaxed and safe until Dave dropped us off at the Premier Inn in London Heathrow, Terminal 4. That’s when it really started to sink in that the next day would be the start of a new part of our trip. That it would be the day to leave our comfort zone.