Dublin to Dover
09.02.2008 - 10.02.2008
Despite the ominous sound of this entry's title, 'it's all good'. Colin's catchphrase is apt. Oz Bus is by far the best decision I have ever made.
So far we have had 3 different buses. The original, and nicer, Ozbus broke down upon reaching the shores of England - a water cooler problem or something to that effect. Then the train to London, yes in the UK, broke down. Meanwhile, the tube between the hostel and the airport I stayed in was...you guessed it, non-operational. This led to spending 2 and a half hours crossing London's rush-hour traffic on a packed bus with the glorious sunshine lowering the comfort level.
Spanish students cemented their stereotype, in my mind, as loud and obnoxious by shouting their inane musings to one another via the corridors of the hostel.
But despite all of this, the excitement was reaching feverpitch; even though I was in the heart of Chelsea's fanbase in Stamford Brook.
By the end of the first half a day I had dumped 3 tops from my rucksack. I can see this becoming a recurrance as the days pass. They were old anyway!
The Irish press had published several articles and photos of the Oz Busers commencing from Galway. Most were encouraging of the adventure itself; others quite 'Daily Mail' cynical of our chosen means of transport.
For me Oz Bus began on Oz Bus Mark 2. To take us from London to Bruges via a ferry to Calais. We're a good mixture of people - ranging in age from 18 to over 70. So nobody in the Clevis has an excuse to not do the same! We are one third Irish, people from the Uk, 1 and a half Swedes, an American, one and a half Danes, an Ozzie, a Kiwi, and an OzBus 2 veteran (Colin) who is now a guide this time 'round.
In Bruges, we are told that maybe we'll get the original Oz Bus back...
On the ferry, we are informed that there is a problem with THE FERRY'S engine. Thankfully this is repaired within a reasonable amount of time. We were ahead of schedule anyway, and caught an earlier ferry. France will be passed through quickly so we can enjoy a country that I soon find to have all of France's positives, without the negative attitude - Belgium.