(Back tracking to November 2014)
We drove from Boston through Connecticut to New London to board the Cross Sound Ferry. This huge passenger / car ferry carried locals and tourists across from Connecticut to Long Island. The ride was a rough one and the kids were hard to keep entertained after being in the car for 3 hours already. The wind blew gale force outside which meant our options were limited to sitting in the family sized booth, watching the ferry roll and bob in the waves.
Last week, we passed another milestone on the adventure. 8 months abroad! 243 days on the road. Living out of suitcases while exploring the world.
We spent 7 glorious, freezing, snowy, action packed weeks in New York City. It was crazy from the minute we arrived till we flew out of La Guardia Airport. I’m yet to even blog about it yet because I’m still playing catch up with my city posts.
After NYC, we decided to spend 4 nights in Denver to acclimatise to the high altitude, Denver is a mile high above sea level. The kids were more than fine with the altitude and didn’t seem to notice the thinner air but both James and I did and I’m glad we gave ourselves those few days to adjust to the mountain life.
After a big day at Portobello Road Markets, we decided to go all out the next day and visit the Old Spitalfields Market followed by Brick Lane in Shoreditch and the Art of Brick Lego Exhibition.
Sunday is usually the busiest market day in London. We left our apartment early and grabbed some coffee at a cute cafe near the Tube station before walking up to the Old Spitalfields Market in East London.
We had a hellish drive back into London from Stonehenge. Several accidents clogged the motorway and we watched our arrival time into London slip late into the afternoon. The kids were at the end of their tether with patience and snacks and ipad battery!
We finally pulled into our apartment / hotel in East London and started to unpack the car when the concierge told us we were at the wrong hotel! Who does this you ask?! Extremely tired and cranky parents, that’s who! We drove another block away and parked in the basement of our actual hotel which was a little rough around the edges. We had views over London but a major hospital was a few blocks away and our street was burdened with sirens and ambulances all night long. Our 3 bedroom apartment was basic but adequate for the 5 night stay.
Our days were slow at The Find. The remote location meant wi-fi was spotty and James found it almost impossible to work online. Instead he took the kids exploring into the woods, walks around the pond, assembling the fire and joined me in the kitchen.