Misfits Mid-Life Crisis Adventures in London (The NEXT Chapter).
Week 91, Saturday 12th March until Friday 18th March 2016.
Its been a busy week, I travelled many thousands of miles from Inhambane Mozziebeak to Heathrow UK. I was due to stay in Tofo until end of May but due to the passing of a friend I came home to help support her family, my friends who I have known for 26 years.
The journey home was relatively quick and easy I have done the trip a number of times so I know where to go. It was when I arrived in Joberg that i had time to kill, over 27 hours to be exact. I managed to book in to a hotel, after I was picked up at the airport I found that the hotel was only a few minutes from the terminal in fact right under the flight path. A very nice place the only thing missing was a proper fan as it was a little warm for me. On Sunday morning I spent time in reception using the Wi-Fi but by 1pm I had to move so the cab took me to the airport. I settled down for the long wait and watch classic Star Wars films. What better way to waste time in a major international airport, watch classic Star Wars.
The flight to London was via Cairo was quick; I settled back in my seat and watched lots of films.
I was met at Heathrow by my sister and nephew and niece, there was part of me that couldn’t believe I was back. What brought me back to reality was the temperature, London was chilly less than 10c. The last few weeks in Tofo the temperature has been in the 30c’s up to 42c one day, London is the complete opposite.
On Tuesday after a good sleep I made my way on to Essex by train, I haven’t been on a train in 6 months. I do love a train I was brought up around them as my father worked on the railways. Yes I’m a train geek. London has a lot of building work going on there are buildings being demolished and new shiny sky scrapers springing up all over the place.
London has between 8 to 10 million people, the tube carries over a million people every day. I much prefer the small friendly population of Tofo. In Tofo everyone says “Hello”, they wave people are friendly. Here no one looks at you in fact everyone ignores each other. If I were to say hello to everyone and wave I would either be stabbed or locked up and considered a looney. Being in London I have to get used to a different style of live.
It was very sad to meet up with my best friend of over 2 decades and her brother. But It was good to see her, but my heart ached for them both. I’m here to help them as much as possible.
I spent the next few days in Surrey and Essex. Playing with my nephew and niece and spending time helping my friend. I have mixed emotions at this time, one moment I’m running around playing with children the next I’m helping to dust and clean and support my friend.
I miss Tofo lots; I miss my friends, the dogs, the sea. I plan on being back in Africa in August after my sister has got married. Between now and then I need to get a job and work my ass off, I need to save as much as possible so that I can live a relaxed and comfortable life by the sea.
Who knows what the next few months will bring……
The Mid Life Crisis Conts……
This week I have been watching: “Star Wars: A New Hope”, (1977), “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”, (1980), “Star Wars: The Force Awakes”, (2015), “The 33”, (2015), “Tracers”, (2015), “Goosebumps”, (2015), “Raised By Wolves”, (Pilot Eps) & (Season 2, eps 1 to 3)
This week I have mainly been listening to: ”LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Whole Show)”,(11 & 12/03/2016) “LBC Podcast: Nick Abbot (Mid-Week)”, (16/03/2016)”, “LBC Mystery Hour”, 18/03/2016) “Morrissey”, “Smiths”, “Pulp”, “The Vaccines”, “Divinyls”, “Artic Monkeys”.
Reading: “The Hitchhickers Guide To the Galaxy: Mostly Harmless”, by Douglas Adams, “Knit One, Kill Two”, by Maggie Sefton, “Morrissey List of the Lost”, by Morrissey and “A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire” book 2 “ A Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin.