I’m writing this in our living room in England. I’m not supposed to be here. I’m supposed to be fresh off a flight from Sydney, AU to Tokyo, Japan. I’m supposed to be slightly tanned from spending a week in Sydney, getting ready to enjoy my first bowl of steaming Tokyo ramen. But here I am, at home.
When stranded in England, pints in the sun are mandatory.
It’s the volcano’s fault. That silly Icelandic volcano ruined my vacation twice. Flights cancelled all across Europe struck my vacation plans down and we weren’t able to recover. The whole trip was cancelled.
But, I had planned ahead really well. Perhaps too well? I planned our pre-flight meals very carefully, trying to use up everything in the fridge, not leaving anything to go to waste whilst we were away. A cancelled flight meant not only travel disappointment, but dinner disappointment as well. There was nothing to eat!
We’ve made the best of the situation. We’ve booked another little trip, now that the airspace is open again. We’ve seen friends and tried to enjoy the surprisingly sunny days. We’ve eaten out a little more often and when we’ve eaten at home it’s been very simple meals using as few ingredients as possible.
On sunny spring days, England is a lovely place to be stuck!
I was looking forward to eating our way around Sydney and Tokyo, and telling you all about our food adventures. Instead, I’ll show you this beautiful Ploughmans platter and meat plate that we shared for lunch after our first flight was cancelled. We’re still pale and we’ve not had even one bowl of ramen, but we’re here and we’re doing our best to enjoy our dinners.