It was a series of ‘firsts’ for my husband, Romie. If you know me, I love teaching people, and I loved showing Romie where I grew up and he finally got to meet some of my family for the first time.
If you didn’t know, I was born in England, and my whole family lives there. I think this trip helped Romie understand where I come from and the cultural norms I have at home.
It was Romie’s first transatlantic flight, the first leg was in economy and it was like torture for this 6’9” man so I had to upgrade on the way home. Thank goodness for credit card points.
We started off in London and embarked on a lot of ‘tourist traps.’ We went on the big bus tour and saw London Bridge, Tower Bridge, toured the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey. We went to Harrods (which was the worst idea ever during the week leading to Christmas).
Then we went to Gloucester to visit my parents for Christmas. My brother, sister, sister in law, and niece and nephew came up for the occasion too. Romie got to experience what a ‘British’ Christmas truly was about, eg lots of s**t tv Christmas specials, Christmas crackers, the King’s Speech, and M&S Christmas meal.
Then we travelled to our next leg to Cardiff where my sister lives. We both ended up having a nasty bat of bronchitis so we didn’t get to do as much. We went to Cardiff castle, covered market to get welsh cakes, and I got my second lobe piercing.
Our next leg was to Oxford where we stayed in a prison and I got to show Romie my old stomping ground where I grew up and studied at the University of Oxford. I we toured Christ Church college, Blenheim Palace, and Romie got his first Barbour jacket. I swear he was slowly turning into Jeremy Clarkson by the end of this trip 😂
Next we came back to London and went to the royal cavalry, National Gallery, V&A museum and saw the Mayor of London’s firework show in front of the London Eye.
All in all Romie and I had a great time, we walked about 18,000 steps per day, he got to have plenty of fish and chips, and I think he understands me and my culture a little bit better.