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Nick’s Travel Diary

Tuesday, 22 Aug 2006

Location: London, UK

MapWell folks its been a while since i last wrote on my website as i havent really got round to it.

In my last diary entry i had just move upstairs at the White Horse, I no longer live at the White Horse i am currently at the Dowdens residence (family friends) up in north london.
I have carried on with work in the hospitality industry and i am currently a cocktail barman at The Junction Bar on Highbury Corner, quite a posh area so we get a good crowd. The Junction is completely different to the sloany pony as we have tv's music dj's and live music and the crowd is also alot younger.
the bar itself is great the management is good fun and the environment is really relaxed, we often end up playing pool during shift, its tough but hey rather me than you guys, and the rest off the team is also good fun, once again a very cosmopolitan bunch of peeps.

Since i last wrote, i have subsequently been travelling in France for 3 weeks with the family and the Jedburghs (Godparents). We started off in Paris, wow what an amazing city, jammed with Chris, which was awesome had some huge nights with him, usually ending up at a tiny cafe outside our apartment at 6:30 am reflecting on our night of awesome debauchery. Natalie and Martin (chris's girlfriend and her brother) also arrived in Paris where we had lots of fun, Martin is a legend and good fun especially when i am the wingman.

after a week of serious party we headed to the Loire Valley, ironically not famed for its abundance of great wine but its abundance of Chateaux's and cathedrals.
i am so buying one of them for my home, i have realised that the French definately knew how to live it up.
it was great to chill out and get some good R&R as i had also done some heavy partying before i had even got to Paris so it was very welcome, the early nights andd long sleeps.

from the Loire we packed our bags and then headed off to Burgundy (Borgogne).
This part of the trip was very different to the rest of our holiday, as in all of the other places we had things to do cathedrals to see, however in burgundy there is nothing.... apart from FOOD and WINE.
It was amazing to drive around some of the most renound vineyards in the world and of course taste some of the incredible wine, along with amazing food, which often left us all feeling massively full and completely content as we had a belly full of amazing wine and food, once again understanding that the french really know how to live it up, with living in chateaux's drinking a grand cru wine and dining on Bresse chicken and creme brulee. It does not get better than this.

after all of that i said goodbye to the family again and headed back to london for the second half of my gap year.

Since I have been back in london, have acquired a job and some exciting prospects for my end of year.
I am going on trek again, this time as a leader which will be good fun, I am really looking forward it, which means i will be returning home in october from my year abroad.

i look forward to seeing you all at the end of year and cant wait to do some partying with all of the crew.

Nick xx