Various Brighton Things (and squirrels)

After arriving back from France, we didn’t get up to much.  I was mostly just waiting around till our next travels, as I was going to New Zealand and the end of April, so not a lot of point looking for a job yet.  We also wanted one of us to have a job ideally before getting a flat, so we weren’t really looking for that yet either.   We had Sunday Lunch at some delishuz places, usually equipped with some great vegetarian option (like nut roast, and mushroom roly poly), roast veges, gravy, and Yorkshire puddings.

The most biggest omelette I've ever eaten.  Well, didn't manage to eat it all
The most biggest omelette I’ve ever eaten. Well, didn’t manage to eat it all
Sunday Lunch, complete with Yorkshire pud
Sunday Lunch, complete with Yorkshire pud
Grubbs vege burger!
Grubbs vege burger!
Fountain in Brighton
Fountain in Brighton

 

Lots of buildings around that are old and fancy stone, or ones that are all the same, a whole row of houses up the street, all like the others.

Buildings in Hove
Buildings in Hove
Samey
Samey
Buildings
Buildings
Self explanatory
Self explanatory
Pretty buildings
Pretty buildings
Henri's street, sameseys houses
Henri’s street, sameseys houses

The next weekend was cruisey, Henri and I went op shopping – lots of cool 2nd hand stores in Brighton and Hove.  They are all quite small, but I think they have a high turnover of stock, and they seem to keep a lot of nice stock in.  Some of the also seem to get donations (?) from department stores/bigger stores, so occasionally they have new stuff tags still on.

We wandered around town, and the Pavillion, where we met the local squirrels.  Wandered the streets a bit, met a few showers (its a bit like a tap is turned on).

Pavilion
Pavilion
Hey a squirrul!
Hey a squirrul!
Tulips
Tulips
Pavilion
Pavilion
Nomnom
Nomnom
Tempting the squirruls down to me
Tempting the squirruls down to me
Nomnom
Nomnom
Noms!
Noms!
Who knew I was taking a photo
Who knew I was taking a photo

Moved to a friends house to stay for a while, whom had a spare room, and we were very appreciative of the opportunity to have our own space.   One of the nights, we made Saag paneer from scratch, including the paneer, and it came out a lovely shade of virulent green.  Way greener than any curry you get at a takeaways, and I think it is cause the spinach is so fresh.

Home-made Saag Paneer
Home-made Saag Paneer

Went bouldering with Alastair in Portslade, which was very fun.  It is wall climbing, but without ropes, so you need to be a bit careful, rely on your skills and strength.  It is not as high as a usual climbing wall, only 3-4 metres high.

Bouldering Brighton
Bouldering Brighton

 

Is this how I get back to Blackrock???
Is this how I get back to Blackrock when my hearthstone is on cooldown???
Guy on the beach was sorting the pebbles
Guy on the beach was sorting the pebbles
Cat shoes!
Cat shoes!
So many of these are painted all cool n stuff
So many of these are painted all cool n stuff
mmm tea
mmm tea
In NZ it is "Streets"... not so much here
In NZ it is “Streets”… not so much here
The eye of Brighton
The eye of Brighton
Kemptown
Kemptown
Night eye
Night eye

 

 

Leaving New York, Next Continent! Tues 25th

We woke at a reasonable hour, and packed EVERYTHING into our bags.  We seem to have accumulated a large amount of stuff, and my bag is quite solidly packed:  I literally can’t fit anything else in it and get it closed.

We stored our bags downstairs in the storage room, and headed off to the cafe for more waffles, as they were so yum, and we had totally missed the hostel breakfast.  We stayed there for a bit, then retired to the hipster cafe, Swallow, near the hostel.  It had about 15 people in it, and pretty much all of them had 14 inch macbooks, and were playing on them.  We felt slightly out of place, as we had proper laptops.

Delishuz breakfast waffles in Brooklyn
Delishuz breakfast waffles in Brooklyn
Happy coffee
Happy coffee

Then, we headed back to the hostel, loaded up all our bags, and trotted off to the subway.  Our transit passes unfortunately had expired the day before, and when we arrived at the subway entrance, we were a bit sad to realise there was no ticket booth.  We left me in charge of our bags in a pile, and Dale went back to the hostel to find out the nearest entrance with a ticket booth, which was luckily only  a block away.  We successfully transferred trains until we made it to the airport and checked in.  We found a seat with a power plug, and entertained ourselves until it was time to leave.  We flew with Aer Lingus, which was fine, except for the supposed lack of vegetarian options in flight.

Green plane
Green plane
tiny wine
tiny wine
classy
classy

We left at 10.30pm, t was 6 hours across to Dublin, then 2 hr stopover, then another hour and a half to Brighton.  We somehow managed to land in Brighton at 8.30am, with only having had an hour or two nap.  Very tired.
Henri met us at the train station, and took us to her flat, where we showered and lay down on the couch for a 5 hour nap.  Lovely.
The next few days were sleep, and Henri showing us the lovely food places and shops in Brighton.

It is a little surreal; we have never been here before, but it looks exactly like I think England should.  The countryside is green rolling hills, with hedge lined roads, and a slight mist.   Town is very bustling, people everywhere.  Houses are cute little country houses.  In Brighton, everyone speaks with some kind of British accent, and there are lanes and streets, and lines of houses that all look exactly the same.  I understand that we are in a different country, but it is weirdly familiar, from all the TV shows and movies we have seen.

uh oh
uh oh
Armory in Brighton
Armory in Brighton

We have sorted out sim cards, a duvet, I bought a skirt (YAY), can’t get bank accounts because we don’t have a flat or a job.  We are happy to be here, but can’t wait to get sorted with the new time zone.    We are off to France (Excite!) on Saturday, for Henrietta’s birthday.