1 November 2014

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup

Not only the easiest topic we've had but also the hardest to write, simply because there were only two main contenders for this Kiwi heart, but it's simultaneously tough because it feels so personal.

The main culprit is (of course) my other half. My beer-drinking, curry-eating, football-singing Englishman. He puts up with my messy habits, boards flights in search of Eggs Benedict, adventures in countries unknown and has let 4 furry paws land firmly in his life. Why, I'm not entirely sure...

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Arriving on Heathrow tarmac I was ready for the craziest two years of my life. Sworn off any relationships and all their entanglements I was ready to see the world. Living in a hostel for 3 months whilst finding a job and a flat that I could afford (hence how long it took) I applied for an antipodean job as traditional as L&P and Vegemite - pulling pints in a traditional London pub.

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup - Adventures of a London Kiwi
His question: "Why won’t one ‘hu’ do???"

It was a proper geezers boozer - you could fit 60 lunchtime drinkers (standing room only, elbows at the ready) small, cobwebby and full of random fishing artwork (all these years and I still can't figure out the connection).

Starting to earn an English bob or two (travelling on the NZ dollar at a ratio of $3 to £1 hurt) I began to make friends, found a room to rent and started trip planning. Cheap and cheerful was the name of the game; trips to Bath, Stonehenge and Prague all were booked in, and off I set. Life was good; work was busy, evenings were spent trawling Lonely Planet guides and weekends bussing around London. Our regular pub clientele were a lot of fun, and their escapades whiled away many an hour.

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup - Adventures of a London Kiwi

Except for one group. Determinedly perched at the lefthand corner of the bar, they would be in moaning about the world at least 4 days a week; lunch, evenings, occasional afternoons and during suspiciously timed fire-alarms (never before pub opening). We simply couldn't get rid of them.
The grumpiest blonde of the group (who spent most lunchtimes bemoaning everything he could think of - I once commented to a friend that it wasn't like he was homeless) mistook my friendly Kiwi way of strangely pronouncing words as an invitation to ask me out for a drink. He did make us laugh, so thought "oh well, why not, it's nothing serious, I'm travelling. Let the poor bloke buy me a drink".

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup - Adventures of a London Kiwi
Oops.

8 years later we're very married, living in a grey, rainy country and arguing continuously over the joint ownership of a brown moggy with enormous green eyes (based mostly on how well she's behaving). We laugh every single day - generally at the same time - and couldn't be happier. (Ps. I was going to write about French Eclairs but was overruled by Mr Kiwi. Just so you know...)

Have you ever fallen in love on the road? Travel Linkup - Adventures of a London Kiwi


40 comments :

  1. I loved hearing the love stories of my favourite bloggers, I really enjoyed Kat's too. It's amazing that the place you were traveling to became your home! BTW I thought NZ was rainy too ;)
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  2. I would have preferred to read about the french eclairs ;-) i joke hmm no I don't! Please tell Mr Kiwi than Miss Kiwi is pulling rank over him and needs a french eclair post to be written preferably with Nigella adjectives so it sounds all sexy and photos of you all smeared in eclair filling please for the link up as Kiwi girls ALWAYS i repeat ALWAYS fall in love with sexy french eclairs - English men don't stand a chance! The link up is open for another six days so you have time, just saying ;-) xx P.S. if you don't have photos of you smeared in eclair filling then we need to go to Paris immediately!

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  3. awww this is really sweet! Always nice to see a personal post from a blogger every now and again. Such a sweet story too x

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  4. Aww, you really don't get much more of a kiwi experience than pulling pints then pulling the clientèle!!! What a lovely story - glad to hear you still laugh together most days at the same time. :)

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  5. Aww thank you for sharing this post, it's so lovely, always lovely (and nosey) to find out how people meet their partners!

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  6. Awe how sweet I love hearing peoples stories as to how they met. Love on the road is the best :)

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  7. Pulling pints - who knew it was such a good step in the dating game! Thank goodness you met a good one! And tell me - eggs benedict on planes, now as an english girl I love this, where have you found this as i sadly haven't!!

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  8. What a lovely post, it is strange how true soul mates always find each other :) I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!


    Best wishes,

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Emma this is so sweet. And I feel all the more privileged for having met the Famous Mr Kiwi. (I'll also side with him this time around, this beats the French Eclair story!) xx

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  10. How much fun has this link up been! We've both been very lucky.
    It rains in NZ, but not like the UK (and I know he'll read this so I have to get a little cheek in!)

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  11. Kelly!!!! The answer is no I'm afraid.... no eclair smeared photos lol!

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  12. I think it's nice to do one in amongst all those Toast posts!

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  13. Heck no! Heh, it's a Fawlty Towers reference that old joke :)

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  14. I love them, and wedding posts OH I love wedding posts!

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  15. ...and definitely at times the most complicated! But the heart wants what the heart wants!

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  16. Alas, we haven't come across planes with Eggs Bene BUT our destinations usually have one or two!

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  17. Sometimes it just works!! Thanks, will do!

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  18. He is one unique guy - has to be to put up with my quirks!

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  19. I did wonder how you two met! You are a wonderful couple though and I cannot wait to have a drink with you two again!

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  20. Ah, what a lovely story! It's funny how when you swear yourself off relationships, the right one comes along...

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  21. I love this story every time I hear it :)

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  22. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)3 November 2014 at 14:02

    Awww - this is so cute Emma! I'm a hopeless-romantic and a sucker for a love story and this is so sweet! Lovely wedding pic and your kitty is so cute - my story also involves a little kitty this month!! I do wish you would all stop mentioning gooey baklavas unless you are somehow willing to dish them out to those of us left hungry after reading your posts!!

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  23. I love a good "How we met story". You looked gorgeous on your wedding day photo.

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  24. Your love story is so cute! I love finding out how couples met. :)

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  25. I believe this may be my favorite post I've read on your blog yet! I love your love story! And that picture of you two at the wedding - it's just perfect. :)

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  26. LOL. I too fell for that charming English accent and the thought that it was just a bit of harmless fun. We've been married 13 years now.

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  27. Oops!! It's an easy (wonderful) mistake to make!

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  28. Awww - thank you! The eclairs post is still winking at me!

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  29. I do, and I'm a sucker for engagement and wedding stuff - what can I say, I'm a soppy romantic! I adored your engagement story!

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  30. I LOVED your post this month, heartwrenching & beautiful!
    Ps. Sorry about the balklavas!

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  31. I'm so sad that I'm just seeing this, I want to join up, so tonight I'm going to try to get a blog post on the go and definitely include my love... I do want to say that I love your personality, how you speak of your guy, I can tell there is so much love there, not the mushy kind of love, but the "I have completely love and respect" for my partner kind of love, that's so awesome, so happy for you! Much love, Tammy x

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  32. Good luck Chanel - the right one is just waiting for you!

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