Saturday, 5 September 2015

Built Memories: Building a Future

We're back from North America after a trip that involved multiple transport changes, trains, cars, planes....  John didn't want to take us into the centre of Seattle to catch a train as we'd previously arranged. A ball game was on. He hired a car.  How wise he was!  The whole town seemed to be gridlocked.  The journey wasn't without incident.   We got hit by the car behind and our driver, an upbeat Eritrean man,  who was keen to tell us about his family, a brother, his wife and children, that were in Europe, just like us. They lived in a place that sounded as if it was called Callaze  It seemed unfamiliar until the penny dropped.  'By the channel ferry port?' I asked. 'Yesssss!' said our driver with enthusiasm.  'My brother - he call me and tell me he try to cross again today. There is a big dog on duty.  Everyone knows that dog.  No-one gets through on the days that he is there'.

What will stay with me is that this man was working all hours and had saved tens of thousands of dollars to send to various members of his family to pay traffickers to ferry them from Egypt from where they were hoped to make the journey to the promised land of England.  What a mess!  I didn't know what to say other than expressing the hope that this man's loved ones remained safe.

Given that we have passports, our own entry into the UK was the conventional trip through border control, only inconvenienced by a bit of queueing.  I then drove back to the West Country whilst Louis slept for the entire trip.  Strangely I seem to have escaped jet lag so far. It must be something to do with the really weird sleeping pattern that I've had over the last few years.

And so we've come to the end of a fantastic shared adventure that will stay with us for the rest of our lifetime.  Both agree that it's been the best holiday ever. We are so privileged to have shared our travels with good friends and to have learnt so much. There's an especially strong shared hope that we'll be able to return to Yellowstone soon.  We only scratched the surface of what we wanted to explore.

For the next few months  though we're staying put.  My uppermost present plans revolve around making my new house feel like home and grounding ourselves in a new location by doing normal stuff.   Unless that is, some irresistible opportunity comes along!


  1. Welcome home. A pity to return to the problems of Calais etc, but it will no doubt be the talking point for Europeans for the next few years. Let's all hope for a solution.

  2. You handled the situation well. Real people, real loved ones, so how could anyone say anthing different. Rest up and enjoy your new home.

  3. Welcome back, I've really enjoyed reading all about your trip, your enthusiasm and delight shone through the whole time.

  4. Welcome home. Now I'm off. Catch up soon.

  5. Thanks for sharing some of your holiday….it sounds like a good time was had! You seem to have brought some good weather back too.