Slovakia Sept 2019
I love the build up to a foreign adventure: the buzz of arranging Eurotunnel, prepping bait and tackle and meeting travelling companions. It’s just like the run up to Christmas when we were still nippers. Nah, on second thoughts scrub that statement as utter balderdash; it’s bloomin’ better than that. It’s fishing!
Mama G (our esteemed Director Michele Gardner) had asked me to go out to Slovakia on a work trip to support our distributors and angler teams in the region, and I was only too pleased to say yes, as supporting the international teams is of pivotal importance to the company (*sorry for going all corporate for a moment!). I accepted the prospect of a long-haul bad-ass solo drive sat in my Berlingo, chugging across the middle of Europe as one of those things, and hoped that the marathon slog of a drive would be incident free.
Unbeknown to me at the time Peter, out in Slovakia, had also contacted members of other European teams and it turned out that the Benelux Team leader Chris Vandenhaute was also going with another team member, Belgian canal ace Niels De Temmerman, and there was room in his lovely new capacious LWB Transporter van. Ooo la la!
That meant no solitary-van confinement and time spent with two of the nicest people you could ever hope to be incarcerated with. Happy days indeed.