The four days we spent in Plymouth were so much fun! It was a huge family reunion with people from all over the world. We pretty much took over the entire hotel! After taking two hours longer than normal to get to Plymouth from London (with several rounds of swearing at the GPS system ) We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by our enormous family in the lobby. Some of my smaller cousins were running a - muck and we were told off by the staff several times, they started nicknaming the hotel manager 'the dragon lady!' After catching up with everyone we all tried to get to bed early as we had the big 70th party the next night.
The next day our parents went off to do some 'historic sightseeing' which we wanted to avoid, so I went with my cousins Luke, Sam and Ben to the centre of town to do some shopping...I did get a bit carried away when we got to Topshop - making up for lost time in London! My cousin Sam went crazy in a shop called Primark which seems to be like a massive Big W. She was thrilled at the amount of stuff she could get for 35 pounds ($50) we had a hard time dragging her out of the store!!
The party was at the British Legion which is an Naval club where my uncle is a member. The entire family was there and we were all so excited to see each other and everyone got into the dancing AND the drinking! The best part of the night was probably when our relatives from Hong Kong showed up as a complete surprise...half the family was crying with happiness! when it got to the Macarena I think at least half the family were doing it with wine glasses in hand. haha. After partying hard in our heels, the barefoot walk of shame home commenced, which I spent next to my cousin James...who is impossibly argumentative after too much red wine!
As is tradition, the next day was the BBQ at the hosts house, I have now nicknamed this the 'hangover BBQ.' It was the best weather we have had since arriving in England. However, we were still surprised by our canadian and english relatives attire - shorts, t-shirts and thongs!?! It was barely 20 degrees! After the BBQ I went out to dinner with my first cousins from Canada and my grandmother to the Jack Rabbit Pub next to our hotel. We were so full from the last two days though we could only just finish our meals.
On monday I was able to meet up with Lizzie Sinnet and go out for coffee as she showed me around her town and convinced me to buy some of her favourite english chocolate. It was so weird seeing her on the other side of the world after two years since her return to England! Our last day in Plymouth was for all our goodbye's as everyone headed their separate ways to travel further or to get back home. Next we take the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St. Malo in France! Photos will be up soon!