As part of the Better Blogging Challenge, here are five things you probably didn’t know about me:
1. I slept in the room I was born in until I was 18
This may not be an earth-shattering revelation but how many people have slept in the actual room they were born in for years and years? My mother had all three children at home and I was the biggest and best (ok, I’ve added that). The room I was born in was my parents’ bedroom and the biggest in the house, so with two girls and one boy, the two girls were moved in to the big bedroom at an early age. I’m sure there must be some deep psychological benefit from sleeping in the place you emerged in to the world but I haven’t yet discovered a decent thesis on this topic.
2. I hitch-hiked from the UK to Venice when I was 17
I was a teenage rebel in to heavy rock music and intent on disobeying my parents, although I loved them dearly. My best friend, Denise and I, told my parents (her parents did little parenting, so didn’t really deserve the title) that we were going to Venice by train. Dad drove us to the train station and after we’d said “goodbye”, Den and I legged it to the road out of town. We moved swiftly across Europe, mainly with long-distance lorry drivers (one of whom had brought his Dad and every time we stopped, he would jump out of the lorry in his slippers and offer us all a nice cup of tea cooked on his primus stove). We did board one train from Venice to the French Riviera but bored, we hitch-hiked home again!
3. My other name is “Schlossfraulein von Werneck”.
I studied German at university and spent 18 months living in Bavaria. I was taken on a hot air balloon by a lovely local man who was determined to show me the best that Bavaria had to offer. In Germany (this may be the same in other countries) hot air ballooning is deemed a royal sport. We flew over Schloss Werneck, an amazing baroque castle in the district of Schweinfurt in Bavaria and this became the inspiration for my royal name. My hair was singed and I was doused in champagne as they named me “Castle Girl of Werneck”.
4. I used to salsa dance 4 nights a week.
I lived in London for 15 years and for most of that time I was a single girly enjoying the nightlife. I discovered lambada in Brixton and then salsa dancing, a new buzz that gripped the capital, from the bright lights of the city to the odd dodgy club in Peckham (oh yes, really). I was a girl obsessed and loved my nights out dancing to the salsa vibe.
5. I met the love of my life in Venezuela… and he lived 5 minutes away in London.
I travelled to Venezuela at the end of 1998 and on New Years’ Eve met a man named Dave in the only bar that was open to tourists. He was my Scorpio soulmate and it turns out he only lived 5 minutes away from me in London. He lived in Putney and I lived in Clapham. Fast forward 14 years and our 11 year old daughter is named Merida, which is the name of the town in the Andes where Dave and I met.