Mikey’s story I

Imagine eating dinner with your family and out of nowhere your Dad asks you to leave everything and everyone behind and travel across Europe for a year.

I had just started in senior school and made some great friends and honestly wasn’t really ready to say goodbye and disappear for a year.

Having been born in Asia and spent my entire life moving from place to place was normal to me but leaving Asia was a big step.

The plan was to leave Singapore by Easter 2016, move to our holiday chalet in Devon and buy an American RV and then set off and have a wonderful year visiting as many countries in Europe as possible. But after some discussion we decided to stay an extra year meaning I had even more time with my newly made friends and Joe could go on his school trip to Australia.

Dad had decided to retire at 50 and we would live in England for a month or two to prepare so we joined a school in Devon called Kingsbridge Community College and I made some great friends very easily thus making it even harder to say goodbye. It was strange moving to a British school because none of my classmates really knew much about Asia. It made me feel like an alien.

I’ve felt like an alien a lot recently considering we are in a new country every week and people must think the circus is in town when they see an eleven meter long RV driving through the streets of St Pol De Lion or Rotterdam. Despite the size of the RV my ‘bedroom’ consists of the top bunk of a bunk bed, a drawer and a shelf for everything I have with me for 12 months. The only thing between me and everyone else for privacy is a £10 IKEA curtain.

But enough complaining, so far I have had a great time learning about loads of stuff from the Second World War to the Bayeux Tapestry. I have also unblocked our toilet twice with a broom!

Being the smallest member of the family I have some unique uses as well…have you ever had to climb inside the engine compartment of a Winnebago Sightseer to find a bracket? If somehow this sounds fun trust me it’s not but I’m the only one that can fit!

Author: retiredtoexplore

We are retired expats and after 14 years of living and working in Asia have decided to travel Europe as we certainly aren’t ready to settle down and haven’t yet defined what retirement means or looks like and still don’t know where to call home.

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