Do you want to go to the seaside? Hell yeah!

Just before the kids arrived I got the opportunity to go and visit some friends in Brighton.  I have been wanting to visit there since before I even came to the UK.  There are so many movies made with Brighton Pier involved, and there is of course the pebbled beaches and the sea.  So, even though it’s only a 45 minute train journey out of London, I felt like I was going on a great adventure.  Luckily I had some trusty sidekicks from Fish Hoek with me on the train which made the trip seem even shorter.

From the moment we got there hilarity prevailed.  We didn’t want to get wasted or anything but being together did bring a sense of the old Fish Hoek days and ‘let’s be naughty’ kind of vibe.  So after sitting on the beach for a while and feeling the water (it was actually warm), we bought a few beers from the cafe and proceeded along the pier.  There was a little notice that said something along the lines of “No drinking beyond this point” but we decided to ignore it as drinking in public is not frowned upon in London (all the time).

View from the sea
View from the sea
View from the beach
View from the beach

This is what happened next:

Us drinking on the pier
Us drinking on the pier
Us pretending innocence after a security guard came and told us our fortune
Us pretending innocence after a security guard came and told us our fortune
Us finding another place to drink which was definitely us getting more brazen as the notice was about entering a drinking controlled area with fines of up to £500 if caught, aren't we the rebels!!!
Us finding another place to drink which was definitely us getting more brazen (or maybe more drunk) as the notice was about entering a drinking controlled area with fines of up to £500 if caught, aren’t we the rebels!!!
We decided to take the drinking inside after that
We decided to take the drinking inside after that
Then outside again!
Then outside again!

We eventually found a place to eat a very much needed meal before setting off back to London.  While we didn’t manage to see much of Brighton, we did still feel the pebbles between our toes.  OK, the pebbles beneath our shoes.  I did see Brighton Pier in bright lights:

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And sultry tones:

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And most importantly spent time with some friends which is beyond important living here.  I love meeting new people but there really is nothing quite like seeing your homies over here.  In fact, I think rather than saying ‘there is nothing quite like home’ the saying should be ‘there is nothing quite like the homies away from home’.

This is how the day made me feel:

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