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Spot the mistake?
In my ‘eager beaverness’ to write in the sand before the tide came in, I realised I had missed the ‘t’ out of Brighton, and COULD have started again, but in that moment REALLY started thinking about mistakes. I had been thinking about them all week as I do periodically around this time of year.
Liverpool is stunning! Not what I was expecting at all. Beautiful architecture and many free museums and exhibitions ( Titanic). It’s fabulous for shopping (Liverpool ONE= the best shopping centre) and Mathew Street is home to loads of cafes and boutiques including the famous Cricket Boutique. The tourist attractions (including Beatles tours, Docks and the Liverpool Eye) are ALL within walking distance from each other. A ‘South Bank’ style restaurant haven that rivals London’s is the setting for exotic eateries including ‘The Beach'; a sandy, decked bandstand complete with Cocktails for Adults and luxurious sandpit/pool for kids. The good weather meant we enjoyed every meal al fresco, and although led to believe Liverpool City is expensive, its FAR cheaper than London meaning we could stay right in the heart of the City in a decent hotel for around £60 a night.
The average brit has a repertoire of 7-10 dishes under their belt, that take on a cyclical nature. I’ve always known this, but reading a family members article about her relationship with food, reminded me of how people (myself included) can get stuck in a food rut! Lauren (Andrew’s 2nd cousin) is a legend. Travelling the world solo, she has been a real inspiration to the family, taking on new experiences and challenges that most of us only dream of, and in particular conquering her many food phobias!!
For City Boutique Bliss try ‘La Villa Boutique’ Hotel. (We enjoyed its Evening Menu and Night-time ‘transformation’).
Accra Foodies: For the BEST weekend breakfast/lunch served in Accra try Labadi Beach Hotel. (Breakfast = Live Omelette, pancake and waffle stations, each cooking to order! A range of FRESH breads, cakes and pastries, full cooked breakfast options, fresh fruit, cereals and juices. (Lunch= e.g spit roast, grilled tiger prawns, a range of freshly cooked dishes, Carvery) Be warned it is PACKED for Sunday lunch but a real testimony to the great food.
In a few months, I will be celebrating my second year of marriage (Cotton Anniversary!) and although the celebration will most likely be tied in with my 30th birthday celebration, in a destination of my choice; I can’t help but feel I’ve already had a second honeymoon in the form of Ko- Sa Beach resort, Cape Coast, Ghana.
So far off the beaten track, I began to think the promised destination was a myth. The road was long, and bumpy, but thoughts of the journey were forgotten when we approached the entrance and set our eyes on the stunning horizon!
Although I started going to church when I was 12, and got baptised at 18, I didn’t start taking my faith seriously until October 2005. Prior to making a re-commitment to Christianity in 2005, I had several ‘God-instances’ which led me to believe that God was real, and more importantly that he was watching over me. Ironically many of the ‘big’ instances were on holiday. From ‘sailing’ through the air when I drove a quad bike off a cliff in Seville, to my entire family surviving a road rage incident a few years ago, in Ghana, that shook me to the core. It was a nasty situation made worse by an angry mob brandishing machetes. In both of the fore mentioned incidences I was left with only a small scratch, however permanent and poignant reminders that things could’ve been a lot worse!!
Hoorah!!!! In a couple of hours I shall be boarding a plane and kissing the grey, cloudy skies of London goodbye (no not forever!) A mixture of short missions (church/charity work), media events and holiday fell at the same time, meaning a couple of connecting flights and the need to travel light. My Carry on case will be my saviour!