I love Fridays, even when I’m working on a Saturday – there is just something good about knowing that the weekend is upon us. This one is particularly good because, although I did foolishly agree to do a shift on Sunday, after that I have a whole 5 days off. I’ve managed to get a good deal on a first class train ticket from London to the North East on Sunday evening and I fully intend to enjoy the ride.
I’ve only recently discovered the joys of travelling first class, until recently I’d always thought it to be way too extravagant, and I really love it. I love the bigger seats and tables, the fact that you can sit by yourself by a window with enough space on a table and a power socket and of course I really love that you are provided with one meal and never ending inappropriate snacks with your tea or coffee. I only book these tickets if they’re less than £10 more than standard class but as I usually travel late at night they often come up.
The discovery of reasonably priced first class tickets has also slightly reduced the irritation that I have with the general state of the rail service in the UK. I can’t count the times that I have run for a train at the end of a busy week to find that all of the reservations have been cancelled and I’ve had to spend almost the whole journey in the doorway of a carriage. I may be shallow but the comfy seats and snacks further up the train go a long way to appease me for years of mild Friday evening rage.
For my week off I am going to drive up from my North Eastern home to Central Scotland which is where I grew up. I am looking forward to this as it’s a lovely part of the country and will be staying with one of my oldest friends. I will travel up on Monday and hopefully visit a lot of old haunts through the week – I miss the Scottish scenery.
Wish this could be my maiden voyage with the new mini camper but my trusty VW will do the trick. Not a particularly spectacular roadtrip but a roadtrip none the less. I’ve spent most of my time on trains recently so I need to rekindle my love of driving before my eagerly anticipated adventures. Onwards and upwards.