Hello everyone,
How’s your week been?

Let me start with an apology!

I haven’t been flying much this week so all you #avgeeks out there maybe a little disappointed if you’re hoping for facts and figures from my journey around Europe. Next week!

I have however been having a fun time in the UK.

As a hangover from an iron man challenge I took part in a couple of years ago I still love to swim. When I’m at home in the Isle of Wight there’s nothing better than swimming in the sea. In south London I head to the Brockwell Lido. It’s been a public pool since 1937 and has a wonderful Art Deco setting. Not sure why I wore my wet suit!

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Morning dipping Brockwell Lido

While there I started reading the new book by my friend Jason Farrell who is a political correspondent at Sky News. He’s spent the last few months chronicling events surrounding Brexit. At his launch party I bumped into my buddy Kay Burley.

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Celebrating Jason’s success with friends πŸ“š

A quick trip up to Gothenburg πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ and back. Unfortunately no time to stay and look around. It’s definitely on my go to list as I plan to do a kayak tour around some of the thousands of little islands they have. It’s meant to be awesome! We landed back in Heathrow at about 2130 and it was all systems go. As I decided it would be a great idea to fly to Valencia first thing in the morning.
But this time I wasn’t driving the bus. We went to a Daddy Yankee concert. Having only heard one of his songs that he collaborated on with Justin Bieber you’ll understand this was a total spur of the moment adventure. We left the blistering heat of London and arrived in Valencia where it was pouring with rain. I looked like a local as you can imagine, donning my shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops. I proceeded to practically ice skate like a total beginner across the marble paved streets of Valencia.
Getting into town was easy. I hopped onto the metro within the airport terminal and headed 40 mins into town were I checked into an Airbnb. €30 for the night!! AMAZING. After a whistle stop tour of some of the historic streets and buildings on offer I headed for the Plaza de Torres… (the bull ring).

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Partying into the night in Valencia

Welcome to Latin Fest!

Packed with thousands of crazed Daddy Yankee fans and a disproportionate number of very good dancers. Such an awesome night! And the exact reason I love being spontaneous.
You’ll be delighted to know I did manage to squeeze a little bit of work into my schedule this week!

An overnight stop in Paris where I was fortunate enough to meet up with an old friend from our training days in Oxford. Do check out my Oxford Blog if you havn’t seen it already. We caught up over a pizza and a glass of wine. Very French… πŸ‡«πŸ‡·Β πŸ·

An overnight stop in Paris where I was fortunate enough to meet up with an old friend from our training days in Oxford. Do check out my Oxford Blog if you havn’t seen it already. We caught up over a pizza and a glass of wine. Very French…
I finished this week with a trip to Malaga. The pilot I flew with coincidently lives round the corner from me and enjoys cycling. Perhaps he’d fancy another iron man challenge with me. He also grew up on the Isle of Wight.

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Home sweet home… #IsleofWight

Then I headed back to Spain for the second time in a week. The rain had gone and it was 38 degeees. The return trip was a real treat as we flew right over home just as the sun was setting.

We were able to enjoy one of the rare delights of our job. I’m so lucky to have the best job in the world.

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I love my job

 

Anyway, I’m very much looking forward to spending much more time in the air next week and also have stopovers in Edinburgh πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Toulouse πŸ‡«πŸ‡· and Stockholm πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ

Have you been to any of them? Any thoughts on what I should do while I’m there?
Do let me know what you think of my blog. Any suggestions about what you’d like to see more, or less of would be greatly appreciated.

 

Until next week.