I hadn't been in England since Christmas 1996, when we were five on board and landed in the proximity of Oxford. The years after that we had also the right weather conditions, but they are only one of many important factors when you want to fly to England.
We met no difficulties while being in the air, but they showed up after the landing.
It was impossible to get help from English balloonists. The crossing by boat had become very expensive. But without boat it is impossible to return to the mainland. An early booking saves money ... but how can you do this as a balloonist?
The flight itself was magnificent. The crew kept together very well. Up in the air it is of course a logical thing. But even afterwards, back on the ground, it remained that way.
I'm already looking forward to my next trip to England, but on that occasion I'll take my own beer.
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