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Day 110: Homeward Bound

we docked in Rotterdam at 5:45am and by 6am I was ready to get off the ship. However, I found myself pacing up and down on deck until the shipping agent finally rocked up about 8.30am.

I thanked everyone on board (that I could find) and the lovely shipping agent took me to the train station. I missed the 8.50am train to Calais, but I thought I could get the next one and still (just about) make my ferry across the Channel. I didn’t. I missed it by the skin of my teeth.

I got the next ferry and zoomed through the glorious English countryside as the sun set on a cloudless spring evening over the brilliantly hued fields of canola. It’s not too hot, it’s not to cold, it’s just right.

To add to my happy disposition, today I travelled through more countries in FIVE HOURS – (Netherlands, Belgium, France and England) as I did in FIVE WEEKS in the midst of all that Cuba malarkey.

Oh well, the thing is that barring some major disaster, I’ll be back in dear old Liverpool in just a handful of hours. To me, home is wherever I hand my hat, but something will always draw me back to that crazy cacophony of a city that sprung me on an unsuspecting world back in the late seventies. And you know, it’s done a grand job of keeping my flighty mind entertained these past thirty years. There’s nowhere in the world I wouldn’t visit, but there are very few places I would live. So far Liverpool, Melbourne and New York is as far as the list goes, so I guess it’s a pretty special place.

And I’ll be there in just over three hours.

My friends and family are coming to the station to meet me and the next few days may be some of the craziest of my life. I’m going to attempt to get around the Five Nations of Britain and Ireland in just 17 and a half hours. Without flying, of course. The inaugural Five Nations Pub Crawl is about to begin.

Here goes nothin’…!

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is a British adventurer, presenter, filmmaker and author. He is the only person to have travelled to every country in the world without flying. From 2014 to 2017 he lived off-grid on a private island that he won in a game show, before returning to the UK to campaign for a better future for the generations to come.

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  1. Chris

    Drat and double dagnabbit! Sorry we missed seeing you off for the UK adventure. I’m guessing we missed some premier-league debauchery. I hope one day there will be video footage of it we can see… in the meantime I guess Lonely Planet obviously care not a whit for all the free publicity they’ll miss out on. Idiots. Good luck for the rest of your trip… see you in Hong Kong/Macau, hopefully.

    ps – nice going on alienating all your French, Israeli and NYC readers 🙂 But whilst you’re on the subject might I suggest you add the scally Scouse accent to your list of infuriating vocal inflections? I’m not talking about the lilting Liverpool brogue in which most of my grandfolks’ generation talk, but the nasal whine of any wannabe scal born after 1985. You know, the one you hear shouted into a mobile phone when you’re in the cinema? It’s enough to make your shit hang sideways.

  2. capn nemo

    Lonely Planet, eh? Damn the bastards! Copyright nonsense puts a severe brake on creativity…

  3. posit

    goddam nazi lawyers thats what they are. the 5th reich lives on the net.

  4. Graham

    I said I hated “gutteral scouse” which is the same as scally scouse!!

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