Although time really flies when you’re having (this much) fun, I enjoyed every minute of the evening with my lovely friends (almost) all there. They spoiled me with presents as well. I’ve been showing off on my flickr page, where you can see the Queen ‘Days of Our Lives’ and Brian Cox’ Wonders DVDs. I also got a card with commander Chris Hadfield on it and a lovely English teapot. Marcel gave me a ukulele and Anja is working on a painting of my dear friend ‘in doggy heaven’; Janey.
I also got the Hitchhikers books (on Towelday!) which is good, as I’m planning on taking Dirk Maggs up on his invitation to go and see his show of this story. Anyway, the memory of the evening was the best present of course, especially when Marcel and I took our guitars out to jam a bit. We did some of the Eagles, Brian and Kerry’s new Kissing Me Song and a couple of requests. When Marcel spontaneously set in that Little Mermaid tune, you should’ve seen my cousin’s face!
Afterwards she asked if I would stay the night here to which I said yes, as some of us where staying at the Bed & Breakfast across the street. She went on to ask who else stayed here to which I answered that basically everyone who talked funny stayed over (she had impressed my English friends by counting from 1 to 10 in English, like Dora, earlier). As I was saying bye to the guests who were leaving, Erik commented on how he thought I had such truly lovely friends around me.
I couldn’t agree more. The B&B we stayed at turned out to be Snow White’s place actually, as I had to watch my head going in. The room was unexpectedly spacious behind this tiny door though! And my pillow had butterflies on it and phrases I use often on twitter (my rooftop), like ‘I love my life…’ I do love my life. And the weekend wasn’t over yet! Though a tad knackered, we went on to be tourists in Maastricht on the Sunday.
We visited the Natural History Museum, where we saw Jurassic Park in real life: they’re working on a new fossil of a Mosasaur! We also saw badgers and a lot of other animals and fossils. Oh and they sold the ideal brollies for stargazers in Britain: with star signs on them. We didn’t need them today though, when we walked to a nice restaurant that did typical Limburgisch dishes. Rona and Nigel had already travelled back at this point, but we will all see each other soon in Oxford for ZooFest!
And after that I might actually stay in England all summer. But my British friends also need to come back again soon, as they didn’t even drink half of all the bottles I got! We had played some card games on Sunday evening, but I had to get ready for school on the Monday morning too. A few days later, on my actual birthday, my students sang for me. I also received many very nice messages online, even from those who’d already been there on Saturday.
Graham had given me two cards: one for the birthday weekend and one to open on the 30th. Marcel picked me up for lunch on this day and I saw both my parents. So that still felt like a birthday too. Especially when I found a huge bouquet at my doorstep! I never had flowers delivered at my door (thanks Edd)! At the end of the day I looked around and concluded I have much to be thankful for. I have gathered the most lovely people around me in my 30 orbits around the Sun.
THANKS to everyone who thought of me! The number is really no biggie. The fact you’re in my life, is!