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By crispyduck (Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 04:17:00 AM EST) travel wedding cycling (all tags)
after many months of absence, thought it was about time for one of these


Well, not complete absence. I've been reading and occasionally commenting, so I'm not too out of date with Husi-land.

So I bin cycling in lots of countries - France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Denmark. It's a long story, see the blog for details. Now we're back for a little while, we're lucky to have somewhere to stay, but it's a pain in the arse when that place is overflowing with boxes of all the crap you're storing. It's so much simpler living out of panniers - all the stuff you "need" is hundreds of miles away in some box, and you realise you don't need it that much after all.

Made a lousy attempt at wedding plans this week while visiting parents, during which we tentatively set a timescale of Spring 07 and a location of "around here somewhere", and after which my mother started setting deadlines of "we want a date and a location when we next see you in four weeks" (we're not back down that way until then and would have no chance to look at venues) Fair enough, you need to get in early with the venues, and on the way home we realised we're travelling too much to have the time to organise all this so let's leave it a while.

It was also suggested, multiple times, that I use my old school as the venue (my family has long standing ties with the school, both parents have worked there, my dad still does, me and my sister went there and i was christened there) - I knew it was going to get suggested, so I already had a firm no thank you in my mind - nice grounds and everything, but school was not a pleasant experience and I have some pretty crappy memories there.

So we're probably putting it off for a while longer until we decide to make the time to do it right - this could easily turn into a 3-year engagement and take things past our 10-year anniversary! Our travelling time is precious, we have a few years before little people start rocking our world so let's make the most of it.

Right now I'm looking forward to going to Bratislava in a couple of weeks, where in the name of cheapness we have booked into student halls hostel accommodation for 8 nights, slightly dubious but hey, we'll bring earplugs and stuff. :)

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I've been following your escapades by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 04:24:48 AM EST
While I give you a A+ for ice cream discovery, I give you a D- in pancake making.
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Ice Cream by crispyduck (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Jul 31, 2006 at 04:54:59 AM EST
Just last week we went to Dorset and tracked down a pub that sold Purbeck Chilli Red ice cream. Which was pretty good, very light fluffy ice cream and, like most chilli/sweet combinations, worked well. If you're not accustomed to hotness, you've got the ice cream to cool you down (although even that was too much for my sister who came with us), and if you are... well, it could be hotter. :)

As for pancakes, well I blame (a) the pan, which was crap (b) the stove, which was thermostatically controlled and had no concept of anything in between "on" or "off" (c) the carton of yoghurt with which the pancakes were made. In fact, I blame anything other than my pancake making skills.

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