It’s been just over two years since my 8-year-old have visited the UK. With school to adjust to, I have prevented him from taking any unnecessary time off and of course, time flies, and before I knew it it’s been a few years! I feel a little guilty that it has taken this long for him to take him back. I guess it’s easier to say to family and friends ‘Come and see us!’ (you’ll get a free holiday) rather than go back to see them. So this time, I made sure that I took him back to visit over Easter.

As you can imagine, he was excited about the whole trip. He even told his class about it (so almost half the town knew were going to England). The plane ride was also a big deal. While he didn’t mind so much waking up at the crack of dawn. On the other hand, it took me at least 3 cups of coffee just to get going. But to see the excitement on his face was worth getting up at 05:00am for. But of course, I didn’t say that at the time.

Early morning
Waiting excitedly to board!
We’re on!

After spending half of my life savings on crap on the plane we were finally getting ready to land. I wonder what he’s going to think of it all?! It’s easy to let the years go by and 2 and a bit years is a long time especially when you’re a kid. I guess he didn’t really appreciate it much back then, but now he’s at the age where he’s super eager to experience new adventures!

‘It looks like Emmerdale!’

If you don’t know what Emmerdale is, find out here.

As we were landing towards East Midlands he excitedly looked out the window and the first thing he said to me was ‘It looks like that TV programme that nan and grandad watches!’ And of course that can only mean one thing. Emmerdale.

Not Emmerdale

‘Wifi on the bus? Really?! Can I play Minecraft?!’

We really live a sheltered life nowadays. Even I was impressed that they have USB, power points and wifi on buses!

Our bus ride from EMA to Derby.

‘They have super cool policemen!’

I have to admit British policemen are not as intimidating as the Spanish. My son especially loved their hats and ‘super glow in the dark jackets!’

British policemen
Copyright: West Midlands Police

‘The cakes, mom! The cakes!’

I was thinking the same thing. One thing that I love going back to England for! The cakes, pastry and the never ending variety of places to eat! We were in foodie heaven!

Patisserie Valerie New Street

‘I want to build a bear! And that bear, and that bear!’

‘Probably the best shop ever!’ You mean you can build your own bear? Qué es esto!? Take the boy out of the campo and you get a very excited little man wanting a whole set of Star Wars bears!

Going crazy in a Build A Bear Shop

‘We don’t have bulls like this in Spain!!!’

The bull made out of jelly beans made quite a big impression. He couldn’t believe that we don’t have this back in Spain! Why?!

Jelly Bean Bull in Selfridges

‘Is that really a Plaza de Toros?’

Even I had a hard time explaining this one. It’s called the Bull Ring but it’s not really. Just a block of really expensive flats.

The Bull Ring

Five days sure wasn’t enough to fully enjoy the city. But we sure packed as much as we can. My son told me that this was the best trip ever! Which would explain a combination of time spent with family and how he was totally enchanted with city life. My little campo boy in the big smoke.. how sweet!

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British/Filipina now living in Valencia, Spain. Mum, wife, designer and illustrator. I am also the author of Ohla Living where I share my lifestyle, travel, recipes and creative ideas.


  1. Meghan Peterson Fenn

    What a lovely post and how exciting for your son to see your home town and the culture you grew up in. I know I love it when mine experience the US first-hand. They can get an understanding of where I come from and why I think the way I do LOL. We used to live in Nottingham which is closer to your neck of the woods than where we live now and we’ve flown out of East Mids a few times before. Love the photos – such excitement 🙂 Ah yes, the British police, gotta love their style. Spanish police are more scary because of their guns and same with US cops. Enjoyed reading this and glad you had such a great time visiting home.

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