Ventnor, August 2nd
2nd August 0322hrs, Monday. Ferry, somewhere in the English Channel.
Iíve just carried out my first transaction in pounds and pence for over two and a half months, and felt distinctly odd. Especially conversing freely in English with the lady at the till, and hearing strange voices onboard ship. Not foreign tongues, but different accents of English. Not American English or Canadian English or English from someone who learned it as a foreign language, but Mother Tongue type English. I know it will take me all of a day or two for this to wear off, but for now it is a very eerie feeling.
Iím really looking forward to walking up the path to the front door without anyone expecting me back until tomorrow! (I hope someoneís in Ė that would just take the piss) I also hope that they donít take it the wrong way. Iíve missed them so much that to come back to a disgruntled family would probably knock me for six.
The really annoying thing is that despite travelling overnight to arrive in the morning to have to the day to talk and stuff, Iím going to arrive home and have to go to bed, because the evening has been so disjointed )bus from Paris Bagnolet at 2200, stop-off mid-France around 0000, at ferry by 0200....), there has been very little time for sleep. Iíll try when we get back on the coach shortly. Due to the time difference, itís now 0243hrs. Handy, but tiring! According to memory, the bus arrives in Victoria at 0655hrs. I donít know why it takes four hours to London from Dover, but thatíll be the main sleeping opportunity of the day.
It hasnít quite dawned on me yet that Iíll be at home later today. It doesnít seem to fit in my head.
0650hrs: Victoria Coach Station, London
We arrived here in London about an hour ago, and the first coach to Portsmouth doesnít leave until 9am, so weíve a couple of hours to kill yet.
I still havenít contacted anyone at home to let them know Iím coming! Iím bloody knackered and looking forward to being reunited with my bed.
Itís getting stuffy, Iím sticky and on the far side of dirty. There arenít any showers here, so Iím going to arrive home smelling.