We came to the UK to watch the Euro Cup football with English commentary (well sort of) and to be here while the British would be voting to "Remain" or "Leave" the European Union. The morning after the vote, we woke-up at 5am and went downstairs in our small London flat to find out the results. We sat stunned as the BBC, along with every other news station reported the results. We were mezmerized for the entire day as the story unfolded. Like millions of others in the UK, we had gone to bed the night before thinking that “Remain” would prevail so it was a shock to learn that “Leave” won the day.
|We woke up to headlines like this one!|
|Voting was simple and the turnout was high. Check a box!|
|Me smiling because we found this affordable cottage in the city.|
|There are 30 little houses lining the walk of this little known neighborhood called Choumert Square.|
|Our Welsh friends Wendy and Graham.|
|Graham and I and enjoying the start of the Euro Cup. Debs has Wales in the family pool.|
|A trim off the back in the back garden.|
|Leaving for Dublin from the Liverpool Airport. Not on the Yellow Submarine.|
I think we mentioned in earlier blogs that we have enjoyed visiting Airbnb offices in Portland, the HQ in San Francisco, and recently in Paris. Each time we’ve been able to speak to the staff and share our exciting journey of living full-time in Airbnbs. They love this, of course! As it turns out, the European headquarters for Airbnb is in Dublin and we had been invited to their offices for a lunch-time gathering to speak to interested staff. I thought it might be a treat for our hosts to join us, so after getting permission from our Dublin contact, I invited Marta and Roberto to join us. I did this via email a week before we arrived and that is when they said they already knew we were coming to the Airbnb office. Because… Surprise, surprise. They both work for Airbnb! They would see us there, and by the way, they were very honored to be hosting the Senior Nomads.
|Our first of two casual meetings with the staff at the Dublin Airbnb offices.|
The lunch at Airbnb’s beautiful new offices in a restored docklands warehouse just around the corner from Google and Facebook, was just as much fun and equally rewarding as it was when we spoke at the other Airbnb offices.
A few days later, it was time to board the train for Galway, a historic fishing town on Ireland's west coast three hours away by train. It was an an easy, scenic journey with plenty of countryside flashing by and a big table between us to work on. Our Airbnb was wonderful. It was part of a restored grain mill turned “holiday lets” and sat perched over the River Corrib that ran with the tide to the sea just beyond our windows. Debbie enjoyed feeding the baby swans out one window and the baby seagulls out the other. Link: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/3723474
|The lovely swan family that lived just below our window.|
|The story as it appeared in the Irish Independent. Link below.|
|Debbie and I with the other guests and the hosts of the TV3 show.|
|Our host Kathleen who was sitting in for Ray D'Arcy. She was a big Seattle fan.|
The next morning we had coffee at Airbnb with Aisling Hassell the Head of International Customer Experience - she was happy to hear ours has been a great one! Then back on the train heading west again to pick up where we left off in Galway.
|Debbie's desk in our Galway Airbnb - a lovely place to write for a few hours every day.|
|A visiting boys choir from Minnesota offered some free entertainment in the church nearby.|
|Our host's mother-in-law Nancy. She was great fun.|
|The ladies at the luncheon - a great group with lots of questions.|
|Our Airbnb host Irene helping serve the delicious salmon luncheon.|
All this while, Debbie has been writing, editing, re-writing and writing some more on our book for Airbnb hosts titled Your Keys. Our Home. She is 80% done with the manuscript. I am her dutiful research assistant, project manager and shoulder masseuse when she is tired of being hunched over her laptop…each of us has our own shoulder issues, mine is "frozen", probably from hauling our bags and my daypack stuffed with laptops and electronics.
The book has been an incredible learning experience for both of us and a joy to work on. We hope to have the manuscript completed and off to our editors by the 4th of July. By then, we will be in Amsterdam and can turn our attention to all the other components of the project like photos, layout, and actual printing!
|Great to be back in London - a stop at Buckingham Palace on the way to the Pride Parade.|
|Can't wait for a week with these three little ones.|
|Brexit stage right! Mr. Cameron was quick to resign.|
Safe travels and thanks for following along,
The other half of the Senior Nomads