and I’m so lucky. Every year I go back to Belfast, Stranraer and Dublin. To see and meet up with friends, colleagues and do some serious shopping. I have gone back every last week in November since 2009 now and it’s a tradition that I will continue with so long as I can. When I come back it is just like I never been gone.
Belfast was my home for 10 years and my roots are very deep. I worked with some amazing people; both aboard and ashore. I have met people through my job, that has supported me and are always there for me. It was the toughest thing when I returned to Sweden and my retirement – to leave them behind. That is why my return every year is important for me.
So on Monday is it time for my 12 days filled with friendship.
Leaving Landskrona 7.22am and will be in Dublin 11.20am, hopefully I will be able to catch the noon airport bus up to Belfast, so I will have some hours of shopping before meeting up with my friend Barbara for dinner 6pm.
Nothing really planned for my 4 days in Belfast, more than I will visit my hairdresser and dentist plus my friends David and Cheryl that has a photo studio, it’s years since I saw them … they are always so busy, but this time they have decided to stay put in Belfast so we can meet up for a couple of hours at their studio.
Lunch with my former boss, Stephen .. on Tuesday and dinner in the evening with my very special friend Gina, that means a lot of girl talk for hours. Going to try a new restaurant out, BLU – fantastic reviews and very reasonable prices plus 3 min walk from my hotel.
Staying in the trendy Cathedral Quarters this time, that is where all good pubs, restaurants, clubs and cafe’s are = all the action.
Wednesday evening is it time for dinner with Patsy and her husband Ken. Patsy a fantastic florist and she did our fresh flower arrangements for our guest service desk for years. Through the years we have become very good friends and an evening or a lunch together is always on the menu when I come to town.
Friday afternoon I sail over to Scotland … and stay at my friends most lovely hotel in Portpatrik over the weekend. The Waterfront Hotel & Bistro, a Wedgewood blue little hotel only a few meters from the ocean. A true gem with fantastic food.
Saturday I will spend with my delightful “nepfew” Lewis and his parents – he is truly my private joy – and that means also a evening with great food and company. Sunday lunch with my lovely friend Trudi.
Sailing back to Belfast I guess on Monday afternoon and straight down to my friends in Dublin.
To spend time with David and Geraldine (owners of The Waterfront Hotel) …. It means life at its best. And some serious shopping with Geraldine, she does the shopping. Dublin is a bit too expensive for me, but I always find something I can’t live without but doesn’t need. *laughing.
Friday, 5th – back to Copenhagen and homebound.
I’m very blessed with friends that are always there for me whenever I turn up, that goes for all of them, doesn’t matter where they live and I truly cherish them. My friends are truly quite angels, because even I do not believe, I believe in angels.
“Santa Claus has the right idea.
Visit people once a year.”