A Birthday Surprise in England

birthday surprise for dad and sister

Last week was a special week. It was both my Dad and sister’s birthdays. When I began travelling in December I only intended to backpack around Southeast Asia for 6 months. So with a return ticket that was soon running out, I decided I didn’t want to waste it. Instead I changed the dates, and decided to come back to England earlier for a special birthday surprise.

I’ve since come back to Vietnam to continue my travels. In fact, as I write I’m sitting on the rooftop of my new apartment in Hanoi. It’s a scorching 40 degrees out here and I’m getting absolutely baked! It’s so hot that the air-con inside doesn’t work, and the fan is just blowing around hot air – making it even more unbearable to stay indoors. So it looks like I’ll just have to get used to this heat and make the most out of sunbathing.

Back to England

Anyway back to my birthday surprise visit in England… after stepping off the plane in Birmingham Airport, I was greeted by one of my high school best friends, Serena. She was in on the surprise and had kindly offered to pick me up from the airport.

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As we left the arrivals I’d never felt so appreciative of the air in England. No dusty roads and no air pollution. I closed my eyes, breathed in the fresh, clean air and listened to the none existent sound of motorbike horns honking. Oh it felt good to be back on home soil.

The surprise

So we drove back to my parents home, and after checking we sneakily made our way to the front door. Serena walked down the driveway path while I crept through my neighbours garden and hid around the side of the front door.

We rang the bell. My mom answered the door to Serena – I quickly jumped up from around the corner screaming “SURPRISE”.

The whole family were in shock. My Mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, I’d like to say my nephew Neel was as well, but he was too busy watching videos of himself on the laptop. (It’s a strange thing he likes to do, I’ll explain it in a later post).

The whole surprise video was recorded… but somehow when I went to update my iPhone it got deleted. It’s a shame because the looks on my families faces were just priceless!

Despite the lack of video here are a few photos that didn’t get deleted or destroyed from my phone. To my family: thank you for a fun week at home. It was great to see those shocked and surprised faces when I walked through the door. Don’t miss me too much, it’ll be Christmas before you know it and I’ll be back for the holidays!

Now I’m off to take an ice cold shower to cool down.

Ciao for now,

Current location: Sweating and blogging away from my rooftop balcony.

birthday surprise
With friends I visited the small city of Ninh Binh in the north of Vietnam. Watch to see beautiful green
Watch the video below to see what me and my best friend got up to when we visited the green
Watch the video below to see what me and my best friend got up to when we visited Hoi An.
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  1. Was soo good to see you even if it was brief ! You’ve done amazingly well ! Never thought you’d settle for backpacking ! Especially when I used to see the fear in your face when my 3 where young and I made u hold them ! Remembering u sweating and squirming when they’d wriggle ! To see u now achieveing all your dreams is amazing ! Carry on and come see us again soon !! (PS at least I sorted your next camping buddy out ! )
    Love you ! Xx

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