Reality finally catches up

Last week my parents and I got the ferry back to England for Christmas. They’ll return once it warms up over there but I have different plans. I’m back to work at the university and also back to that 9-5 grind until term breaks for Christmas, so things have been pretty hectic as I’m trying to find my feet again.

I had only been back for maybe four days and I started to get itchy feet again and I was on the verge of booking my flight back to Portugal, but something stopped me: I have no money! At my current rate I can barely afford to pay for my mortgage next month, never mind buying Christmas presents. I have definitely been living the carefree life for the past few months, but boy has it been great! Now reality *has* finally caught up and I’m seriously considering taking on a second job. 

Anyway! We caught the ferry back and had a perfect sailing. We went on Brittany Ferries’ Pont-Aven, which was the one my parents caught last time. I took tons of photos of the crossing, here’s the doggie deck (Deck 10) and the kennels:

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I shared a 4-berth outside cabin with my parents. You can see the other bed hidden away in the ceiling. I bought some ear plugs beforehand and oh boy did they come in handy! That’s a bottle of port and another of whisky on the shelf (my folks are hardened sea travelers). My bro is currently in Korea and everybody over there seems to do the little two-fingered peace sign when having their photographs taken, so we took this for him. Mum got her hand the wrong way around at first so we took another:

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And here’s the room when it’s all tidied away:

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Mum and Dad in the lounge area which is adjoined to the buffet:

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This is part of Pont-Aven’s à la carte restaurant La Flora:

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And here’s Mum and Dad on deck watching the Isle of Wight go by:

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Finally, this is the view as we came into Portsmouth:

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After nearly 2 months of being completely ‘free’ and independent my little adventure is now over. I’m going to have to get used to being home-bound for the next few months as I need to build up some funds, so my itchy feet will have to behave. Being back to ‘normal’ is still a novelty at the moment, as I’m catching up with Jon and friends but I can’t help but think that I’m going to get tired soon and need a new adventure. There’s no harm in making plans though: as 2014 is going to bring new adventures as I’m planning on visiting my bro in South Korea and actually bringing Jon along for the ride and also returning to Portugal sometime in May (surprise, surprise!).

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