For our very first European adventure together as husband and wife, nothing could have made it better than choosing the United Kingdom as our gateway. Of course, when you go to the UK, you’ll never want to miss paying a visit to the Buckingham Palace in London and all the other noted attractions. Just like every tourists, we walked miles and miles, and it was fun, even if it meant having sore legs at the end of the day. Walking is the best way to get a feel of the place anyway.
As soon as we landed at the Gatwick International Airport, the first thing I noticed was the repleteness of small cars. It’s something that we’re not used to seeing often here in the US. When I was planning for this trip, one of the things I researched on was the transport system. Renting a car was not an option for us. Whenever we travel, we try to shy away from renting because we don’t want to be stressed out while driving. Thus, when a long lost friend who is living in Sussex volunteered to chauffeur us around on her free time, we gladly accepted it. She was delighted to have us in her then newly acquired Ford Focus. Just like any owner of a brand new car, she was thrilled to drive her new toy. I was surprised to see how roomy the inside was even if it didn’t look like it, looking from the outside. She couldn’t stop raving about how satisfied she was with the new acquisition as well as her overall experience when she purchased the car. She didn’t experience any of those so called ‘hard selling’ that is normally prevalent in a car dealership. Don’t you just hate that too? Personally, we did experience it a couple of times through the years and I swear, not to ever deal with that dealership again.
Our week and a half long stay in the UK was not enough to see all the landmarks. I would have wanted to stay longer but it was time to go to our next stop: France. My friend gladly came to pick us up again from the hotel to the train station.
After three weeks of being away from home, we had to head back home. As usual, I had to send a thank you gift (a simple token) to my friend back in the UK. This is something that I normally do whenever we travel, and a friend or relative play host even for only a few days of touring us around. We never stay in their homes, though, as it’s a big ‘no-no’ for my husband, except for one instance when we visit my BFF in California because staying in their home is a tall order. As soon as my friend received the token we sent her, she rang us up to thank us.
Well, as a satisfied owner of a new vehicle she is just euphoric. Can I blame her?