It has been a while since I’ve taking a trip, any kind of trip and I’m not counting the three trips I had to make to London to sort out my passport!
- People of Twitter & #rdg: When do I need to leave Reading to be at London Victoria via public transport at 7pm tonight? #
- Am aware thanks to @ach1000 and @eleanorc that Vic station is shut. Can anyone tell me if Vic coach station is, too, please? #
- Just saw someone use the Jedi wave to open an automatic door. So cool. #starwars #easilyimpressed #
- *waves goodbye to the white cliffs of Dover until Friday* #
- Does driving past Dunkirk on a coach mean I can now say I’ve been there? #CatIsOnACoach and #bored #
- Glad this isn’t like the TV series Coach Trip as the argument I just had with another traveller would surely get me evicted at next stop.. #CatIsOnACoach #
- Uh oh, Niko Bellic is on my coach. This spells trouble. #CatIsOnACoach #
- Really is amazing how different the continental landscape is to the English one. #CatIsOnACoach not for much longer. #
- This is a first, it’s actually warmer in Germany than England. Flip flops weren’t so wrong after all! #CatIsOnACoach no more! #
- RT @sahfenn: @carocat Newsflash! Cat on the loose in Germany in flip flops. Studio Ghibli buy rights to make this newsflash into a movie ^_^ #
- One noticeable thing about Germany is how good the graffiti is on trains and everywhere. Not random scribbles, but often elaborate artwork. #
- Schrebergärten! #CatIsOnATrain #
- Just for the record: #CatIsOnATram. And it’s quite possibly the wrong one. How dare a town change its public transport system after seven years?! #
- Now having the worst coffee of my life. German Starbucks does NOT live up to any kind of expectations.. #
So it’s been an interesting day and a bit and it’s been stressful, but also enjoyable. So far I’ve been able to see a longtime friend I’d kind of lost contact with years ago and I think I managed to fully sort out the original reason for my visit which was dealing with bureaucracy.
Today is promising to be extremely busy, but hopefully also good with seeing a school friend for the first time in eight or nine years, visiting some of my former volunteer places and its still remaining volunteers, as well as visiting my mother’s grave and running a few errands.
I stayed the night in an excellent and incredibly cheap town centre hotel which may seem like a waste seeing I wasn’t planning on sleeping, but I needed a place to pass the time and nothing in town would have been open. Seeing I’ll be awake for 27 hours when boarding the return coach later on today and having fitted so much into that time I’m confident I’ll sleep as usual, unlike the outbound journey that prompted most of the above tweeting out of sheer boredom. Coach journeys, as I’ve realised, are much, much less enjoyable when awake..
Actually being back here in what after all is pretty much my hometown hasn’t quite sunk in yet as the planning and the actual journey were too rushed and I’ve not yet had time to reflect. So much yet so little has changed and whilst I now know to study public transport notices more closely before making a decision to use it, I’m surprised on how fresh some memories have come back as. The cafe a small youth music group and I busked outside for a few days to raise money for new equipment and train our skills or the junction I nearly got run over on my bike once. All memories that were gone for such a long time.
And I think that is one of the contributing reasons I’ve always disliked coming back here. Yes, I’ve said in the past that there are ‘too many ghosts for me in Reading’, but that isn’t quite it, I still had many more happy moments there than I ever remember in my hometown and despite me enjoying some aspects of my stay so far, I can safely say that a more regular return visit isn’t on the cards.