Jams meant it wasn’t easy to nip for a coffee after all

Stephanie Davis
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I love this city. I don’t care what anyone else says, I think living in Portsmouth is fab.

I’ve spent the best part of 11 years enjoying being close to everything.

The late-night takeaway, the beach just up the road, shops, restaurants and cinemas at Gunwharf and Port Solent a short drive away.

I’ve loved it all, so in many ways it makes me very sad to be selling our house and leaving Portsea Island.

Not that we’re going far (although at this rate we won’t be moving at all if we can’t find somewhere to go to).

It’s a long story and one I won’t bore you with now, but I decided to vlog about how easy it is for us at the moment to just nip into town, or Southsea if we just fancy a coffee down on the front.

Every route was completely jam-packed, to the point where Matt said one or two too many expletives and I had to edit him out of the video

I thought it would make an interesting vlog, showcasing the benefits of living smack bang in town.

However, as you’ll see from this week’s video (you can watch it at portsmouth.co.uk/opinion) it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought it would be!

My husband Matt drove as I filmed what I thought would be a good example of how close it is for us to just pop out for a quick drink somewhere.

But it took forever!

I don’t know what was happening on the roads across town on Sunday, but every route was completely jam-packed, to the point where Matt said one or two too many expletives and I had to edit him out of the video.

No-one wants to hear that, trust me.

Anyway, we drove to two different coffee shops and realised in both that it was far too busy and there would be too long a wait to have a quick coffee.

So we drove to another one and couldn’t find parking.

Then we spent the next 20 minutes trying to drive to the Number One coffee shop in Palmerston Road.

By the time we finally sat down and had a coffee, I was angry at Matt for being so grumpy.

I was also annoyed that it took so long and therefore contradicted the whole point of the vlog.

All in all, it really wasn’t worth it!

So much for being an optimistic city-dweller...