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I feel like a curry…

We’ve made our first real journey with our backpacks from Northallerton to London. Consequently, Jon is disposing of half of his pack, who needs adapter plugs…? Mine is on the heavy side too but I can’t see what I can leave behind.  A Kindle is looking like a very attractive and much lighter alternative to our very heavy Rough Guide.

On the train journey on the way down, Jon brought a smile to my face (which was sad from saying goodbye to family) by announcing ‘I feel like a curry’. Well, that’s just as well, considering where we’re heading!


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Throwing off the bowlines

From Mark Twain, passed on in the bon voyage wishes from a good friend of ours:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


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Three little words – Train Seats Confirmed

It was a relief today to find out that our train tickets have been confirmed for Mumbai to Kochin although we’re still waiting to see which seats we’ll get.  We requested the top bunks as the carriages are laid out in pairs of three tier bunks facing each other, and the top bunks may mean extra opportunities to grab a snooze in the morning as only the bottom two bunks have to be used as seats during the day.  It looks like its going to be hot – minimum 26C to maximum 36C last time we looked!!

There’s only 50 hours now till we set off and we still have quite a lot of things to sort out and buy!  Tomorrow afternoon we’re off to London, overnighting at Lou’s sister, Donna’s flat.  It’ll be really nice to see her before we set off.


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Pumpkin pleasures

The accompaniment to our calamari

Our massive pumpkin (see earlier post) has done us proud.  We’ve curried it, roasted it and baked it.  Mum came up with the really good idea of cutting in half and roasting it to create a roasted pumpkin bowl, which she then filled with cheesy mash and served with calamari fresh from the North Shields fish quay.  We used the rest of the pumpkin to make pumpkin pie, surprisingly good served warm with ice cream.  We’ve still got a whole pumpkin left, though we might have to leave that with Mum and Dad.

Less than a week to go now.  We’ve finally moved two places up the train waiting list to 4 and 5 which is encouraging.

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72 hours later

A post to document how much has happened in the past 3 days. Packing the house, loading and unloading the van in different locations, becoming very familiar with the A1 in a van, the MG and the Peugeot, and cleaning the house. It was hard work although we enjoyed the chance to see our families even if we did also rope them in to carrying some boxes. Jon’s sister, Laurina, even made us a yummy cake which sustained us on our return trip down the A1 yesterday! We also caught the Red Arrows’ fly-over in North Shields for the Great North Run. Back in Northallerton now and up to North Shields tomorrow to spend a few days with Jon’s family.


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