Back in 2002 I did my first long haul trip. It was to scuba dive in Vietnam. This blog will be slightly different to my previous blogs as it will mainly feature excerpts from my dive logbook. I flew from Manchester to Paris where I transferred to an Air France flight to Bangkok. On arrival at Don Muang airport all the other passengers got off the plane for an hour but the assistance team took so long coming to get me off that it was time to get back onboard when they arrived. With a new crew we then flew onwards to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon.)
I am J David Garnett, I was born with spina bifida, in north Wales, during the 1960s and have always lived there. I have been a wheelchair user for over 50 years and enjoy travelling.
My first overseas trip was to Lourdes at Easter in 1977, in the following two years I went on school exchange trips to Bayeux in France and then Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, or Holland as we called it. It was then a few more years before I travelled overseas again to Esbjerg in Denmark (1985), Katowice in Poland (1986), Eindhoven in the Netherlands (1987) and West Berlin in West Germany (1987). These were all group trips.
In 1990 I decided to take my first solo overseas trip and chose Sunny Beach (Слънчев бряг) in Bulgaria where I spent three weeks at this seaside resort. I returned there each summer from 1991 to 1995 for holidays ranging from two weeks to six weeks. In 1993 I also spent Christmas week in Disneyland Paris.