I’m ashamed to say it, but having lived in England for most of my life, I really haven’t seen that much of it.
That’s one of the reasons why when Rickshaw Travel invited me to a day out exploring the vibrant, effervescent city of Brighton, I jumped at the chance.
I’d only graced the city once before – as one member of a pack of intoxicated, dolled up and highly animated hens storming the seafront in a disguise of LBDs and flamboyant masks. Yup. We were ‘those girls’.
But this time would be different. This time I’d get a chance to wander the streets and take it all in, from the vibrant colours to the friendly locals. (And with all my senses in tact this time, not masked by alcohol and the sugar-high from Choccywoccydoodah like before!) I couldn’t wait.
So when Friday arrived, I hopped into my beat up Micra for the two hour journey, with my camera packed, memory cards wiped, and batteries charged. I was ready.
Rocking up to the Rickshaw offices, it was mere seconds before I knew I’d made a cracking decision. Greeting me like an old friend, I was welcomed to the pack instantly and was nattering away about our mutual love of travel with the other #RickshawRamblers right from the get-go. Heaven!
After a quick presentation with Doug from Kitebox, a local photography and video agency, we were off.
Putting our new found skills into practice, we hot-footed it through Brighton’s labyrinthine streets and made our way to the beach, passing mysterious nooks and crannies, vibrant stalls, vivid, skilled graffiti and the higgledy-piggledy, warren-like Lanes. (Oh, and we even spotted Kate from this year’s Great British Bake Off – a VERY exciting moment, I must admit!!)
Once there, we visited the trade-mark tourist sights – the wheel, Brighton Pier and the ‘donut’, all the while attempting to take an original photo of the famous landmarks. The weather (reflective of this year’s Indian Summer and roasting hot) teamed with knowledgable guides, a gossiping, friendly group, and a diverse and bustling city, made for a perfect day.
I left feeling elated – not only did I want to work for Rickshaw, but I also wanted to move to Brighton, live above a bike shop, eat rock sticks like they’re tic-tacs and befriend a seagull.
So, Rickshaw Travel, when’s the next Big Brighton Day Out?? Because I’m in!!