Saturday, 9 March 2013
A Tale of Two Cities...
...... Not Dicken's classic this time, but a reference to my plans for the Easter holidays. Work is dreadful AND time-consuming at the moment - not a great way to spend my days! Anyway -
The first city I'm going to visit is Edinburgh. Mark has never been there and I have only visited once (at the age of 11). We are going with the specific intention of visiting a special exhibition of material from the Bartholomew Map Company archives. I found out that the exhibition was on when I was doing some research on Mark's latest map purchase the other week. I'm just in the process of booking hotels and generally sorting the trip.
The second city I'm going to is Geneva. I'm flying with Easyjet from Birmingham and going to stay with my oldest friend. We became friends when I first arrived in Worcester in the early 1990s. Such is the small world of music, we'd actually met a few times in 1989 when she was going out with a lad on my teacher training course. By the time we met up again we were both working as secondary school music teachers. I was one of her 'Matrons of Honour' when she got married in Worcester Cathedral!
Our friendship has survived the best part of 20 years and the fact that her husband's job took them abroad shortly after they got married. I cried buckets when they left for Poland, but her expat life has given me the chance to catch up with them in some really lovely locations. I've been to Geneva a few times and, while it sounds glamorous, it's probably my least favourite of all their 'postings'.
The funny thing is - we could be meeting up anywhere in the world and it wouldn't matter to us. When C. and I meet it's all about TALKING. Her poor family have to accept that we don't stop - from the moment I step off the plane to the drop off at the airport again. We've never fallen out or irritated each other. I don't have this kind of relationship with anyone else in the world (Mark is only a close second!). She is truely my best friend and I can't wait to see her again!!!!