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Brugge_Sandra Herd

For the last 3 weeks we’ve been in the UK. We left China and spent a week in Langkawi before landing in good old Blighty. Since then we’ve been catching up with family and friends and have been just generally ‘hanging around’. We did however get some stuff done…we bought a car. A Citreon Xsara Picasso who we have named Citreon Sam. We didn’t start out looking for this particular car (and when you look at  the photo you’ll see why….it’s not the sexiest of machines) however we made the choice on this one because it was within our price range (900 quid), it has stacks of room for our bags (we will be living/camping out of it for 3 months!) and it seems reliable (the exhaust dropped off on our drive down to Cornwall).  So all in all a reasonable good buy….once the exhaust was repaired – ahem.

We caught the Dover to Dunkirk ferry yesterday morning and within 2 hours we’d sailed to an entirely new country…France. And almost as soon as we arrived we drove back out again, I don’t have anything against France it’s just that we’re on a schedule and, for the moment we have to stick to it. The plan, you see, is to reach the artic circle by the time September’s new moon comes around in the hope of glimpsing the Northern lights and ticking off the thing that has been on my bucket list the longest.

Crossing the border from Fance into Belgium was a little bit of a none event. I spotted a blue EU sign on the side of the road with a B for Belgium and that was it…3 countries in one day…not a bad effort.

So now we’re with Sam in Brugge. For those who don’t know and can’t be bothered looking it up, it’s a beautiful and historic town in Belgium and tonight we intend to sample it’s wares…..namely beer!

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  • Comment by mervfrench — September 9, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Hi Sandy and Dave.
    Great to hear of your adventures. Wish we were there as we loved Britain and Europe last year. I’m hearing you on the passing from country to country thing. I was all ready to get my passport stamped everywhere we went but a no go. You just drive into the next country, and if you miss the sign you don’t know your there. The money of course doesn’t give you a hint either as they all use the same euro’s. We went thru Brugge but it was during the day and we kept going as we were on a mission as well. A nice place to stay though and a lot to see.

    Keep posting, always interested in where you are.

    Enjoy the beer.

  • Comment by True North mark — September 12, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    Sweet shot and great story Sandy…a little bit envious as well! Keep up the good work!

  • Comment by Kel@Outcased — September 12, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Hey Sandy & Dave, love to hear your ramblings. You must be getting good at the camping thing by now??

    Good luck chasing the Northern Lights, hope they shine upon you.

    Keep the postings coming, look forward to checking your progress.
    Kel x

  • Comment by Sandy@Shots — September 14, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Hey Merv….nice to hear from you. The passort thing certainly is a disappointment. At the moment I’m writing the post but struggling to get them up with a photo. Hoping that I can get some more reliable connections but on the campsites it’s hit and miss but am hoping to keep you all updated. I remember your trip last year, I think Brugge is stunning day or night. The only problem I’m having with Euros is the rate at which they are disapperaing!!! Mind you, I suppose supping pints in the tourist part of town doesn’t help the cause much hee hee.

    Hey Mark – Will do boss!…..the hardest part is staying in one place long enough to update some posts…and pics.

    Hi Kel – yep! We are camping pros although have not yet had to test our skills in the rain…thankfully. Hope all is going well there…..send me an update xx

  • Comment by Peta North — September 14, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    Wow sounds like you are having a blast, cant wait to see your northern lights, thats on my wish list after brown bears and polar bears…stunning pic as well. stay safe and have fun…

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