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We had to fly via London for our connection onto Africa, and decided to spend a few short days in the UK. We packed them full of catching up with friends living far too far away.

After visiting a fantastic Nikon store in the centre of London, and walking away with a big and beautiful 300mm lens, we made our way to Chapaman, to meet up with Nick (and his fiancé Jacky)- one of Adam’s old friends. It was a grey day in London town, so we did as the Londoners do and made for the closest pub for an afternoon of beer drinking and rugby viewing. I was surrounded by three ardent fans, and tried my best to look enthusiastic at times! Nick took us to his local for another few rounds, then we spent the evening in Nick and Jackie’s little apartment, chatting over a lovely home cooked meal.

Lucy (an English friend I met in the Alps) was next on the list, and the following day we met her for lunch at the Belgium beer café for a hearty European meal with plenty of excellent beer. It was a quick catch up, before Adam and I had to race to the train station for our journey to Sheffield. Unfortunately, there was a fire in the tube, so we ended up running with our huge packs to the station in drizzling rain, full of beer and food, only to miss the train by a few minutes. We were promptly put on the next train, just an hour later, and were soon sharing another home cooked meal with my good friends Dave and Hayley. We were introduced to little Harry,  just a few months old, and had our bi-yearly catch up session. It was wonderful to see them doing so well. It was too short a visit, as the next morning we were back on the train to Heathrow, and then whisked into the next chapter of our adventures – Africa.

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