Bristol, Bath and Gloucester

So, some big movements have happened recently. We have moved into our new flat in Shepherds Bush, complete with 9 other Kiwi’s and Aussies. We have a nice large room, double bed with an en-suite on the ground floor, relative luxury to 4 months on a single bed or the odd couch. Mitch has after a long time chasing recruiters and interviews got a job working as an Energy Market Data Specialist and is keen to get started!

The second May Bank holiday weekend was a good opportunity to get out and see some rural South West England. We decided to rent a car from Heathrow and do a round trip…what a mistake we found that to be… The fine print required three things; a UK credit card, a bank statement with address and a utility bill. Three things we didn’t have at all! After some friendly work by the man behind the desk, we came in through from “a flight” and used our passports as tourists to pick our car up. Mitch the trusty pilot and Tam-Tam the navigator.

3 hours later we were off down the M4 to Bristol, alleged home of the street artist Banksy and historic city of naval building, tobacco and slave trade. We tried out AirBnB for a change of pace. It’s a bit trusting inviting random into your home, but our host June in Portishead was very relaxed with us being her first guests. She was a big Kiwi fan, with a daughter living in the country and about 12 landscape postcards plastered over the fridge.

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Portishead
Tam on a cow
Tam on a cow

The next day we traveled in to Bristol, to have a look at the city docks, unused since the 1970’s the city centre has transformed and on a nice sunny day was a far cry from the hustle and bustle of London. We managed to get a good look at the old iron warship Brunel’s SS Great Britain. A warship enthusiast mused with Tam at the engineering brilliance of Brunel, only to be met with a shrug and Mitch nodding unknowingly.

Brunel's SS Great Britain
Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Tam boarding the train
Tam boarding the train

Bristol Town Centre outside the Museum
Bristol Town Centre outside the Museum

Bath is an ancient Roman town, with a carnival atmosphere. Home to Jane Austens romance novels and the Sally Lunn Bun. Although we didn’t manage too much time at the bakery, the Roman Baths were well worth the visit. It’s a bit like Rotorua, except you cant swim in it and it doesn’t smell as bad. Tam was a bit gutted she couldn’t climb in. Mitch just got a tattoo a few days earlier and wasn’t too happy about missing a swim either. A bit of time was spent at the Fashion museum too. Even Mitch got into it a little bit… Not quite his cup of tea.

Roman Baths
Roman Baths
Statue bro?
Statue bro?
Well from which flows the geothermal waters
Well from which flows the geothermal waters
Carnival acts in the street
Carnival acts in the street
Tam in awe at the Fashion Museum
Tam in awe at the Fashion Museum

Tam in her best Victorian Dress
Tam in her best Victorian Dress
The Church of Mary Magdelin, Bath
The Church of Mary Magdelin, Bath
Sally Lunn's house
Sally Lunn’s house