Over 4 years ago (!), in Oct. 2007, I acquired 5 points on my German driving licence for speeding into Scotland at approx. 80mph (hehehe). Yes, I have been blogging that long, albeit with quite significant gaps over the last 2 years. I wrote about getting points on a foreign licence in the UK at the time.
Anyhow. Since more than 4 years have passed, the 5 points have now disappeared and I can drive again the way I want and can disregard nonsense such as the 70mph speed limit on motorways.
Great news which was announced yesterday: Ryanair are now flying to Rome from Edinburgh (starting in March I think).
This means that, whenever I have to go to Italy to see to the house, I can go straight there in one flight rather than having to fly to Stansted first and then take a second flight.
It’s just in time too – I had planned some complicated holiday this year whereby I’d drive to Germany, then get a flight to Italy from there to sort out the house etc. and then take the car back. Now I’ll be able to keep those two holidays separate – i.e. drive to Germany by car with B. in the third week or so of May, and go to Italy by direct flight whenever (probably beginning of May. It might even be June, but by that time it’ll be too hot!)
January is the time for holiday planning apparently. I’m planning to go across to Germany in the car (haven’t been there in a few years) and on the way stop over in Amsterdam (1 night) and Cologne (1 night). Amsterdam just because it makes sense (the ferry goes from Newcastle to there, and it’s a pretty city 😉 ), and in Cologne I’ll be meeting up with a few friends hopefully while staying overnight at one of my oldest mates.
I’ll also be taking B. with me, so he’s going to ‘meet the parents’ for the first time. He’s never been to Germany either, so it’s going to be an interesting one for him. I’m quite looking forward to it. I don’t even mind the driving. With the ferry etc. involved it’s going to be a wee adventure 🙂
Once the Italy house has been sold (this year hopefully), I’m also aiming to visit Vienna and Berlin for a holiday, as well as, New Zealand (where B. has a really good friend, and where an ex BF of mine is doing a PhD). Also maybe Budapest/Hungary, as that’s where my very good friend A. is from.
Yours truly, lenina crowne, will be interviewed for German TV (second main channel). I’ll need to put the word out to friends and family back in Germany as it will be great to have my mug on there, being broadcast to 3 million people (apparently that’s the number of people who watch the programme I’m being interviewed for).
A couple of points I need to clarify though:
Shall I give them my title (i.e. Dr.)? Because obviously there will be text overlayed whenever they first show my mug
Who (in Germany) will watch and record it straight to harddrive, cut out the lenina bit, and send it to me as a quicktime file? As I have planned to upload it to youtube (lol) if it’s good enough
Suggestions on the first point (use Dr. title or not) welcome. I think I do want to use it. It’s a one-off opportunity and I want any people who randomly spot me on the telly to see what I’ve got up to in the last 10 years or so ;P
My friend S. told us the other day (on NYE in fact) that apparently, Tesco are now selling a version of Peanut Puffs here in the UK. I’ve never understood how Peanut Puffs are NOT sold over here! They are delicious and I’m sure would go down really well. After all, Brits do like their peanuts in all variations, Nobby’s Nuts (my BF likes those), peanut butter, etc.
All they have in terms of puffs is Cheesy Puffs, which is wrong.
Incidentally, I just tried finding the peanut puff product on the Tesco online grocery website, but you have to sign up in order to see the products 😐
I then tried googling them and found an online store in the US that sells them – Germandeli.com. We DO need something like that over here 😀
edit: apparently the below is the product that’s now on Tesco shelves – so that’s what I’ve got to look out for: