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Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Today was a day of practicality.  We are in need of fuel before we leave so that we may cook on the road.  Seeking this out is more difficult than we had anticipated.  Our stove will burn anything, but we would prefer white gas (or FUEL), as it burns the cleanest.  Finally found some after several stops in hardware stores and sporting supply stores.  But it was 12 pounds for a little liter!!!!!  We’re used to paying around $4 for a gallon of the stuff!  Finally picked up a liter for around 5 pounds.  Looks like we’ll be refueling with petrol from now on!  (should be humerous to see us filling 2 tiny bottles at the station…

It was also time to get a little fresh food.  I had brought all of our dehydrated goodies on the plane so we had quite a bit to start with.  I want to get quite a bit of couscous as it is super quick and very filling.  I also bought some food to cook a dinner for our wonderful hosts

After the ‘chores’ were done we took a bus into Manchester to roam the streets there.  Mostly we took pictures of ironwork.  Walking around with 2 blacksmiths it seems you can’t walk 5 feet without something of interest!  Brian is in heaven seeing all of this in daily use - and the REAL stuff too!  So many beautiful buildings with marble, iron, ceramic, and stone to gaze at while we walk.  Jim showed us the town hall with the widows walk where he made 500 scrolls. 

Walking down the pedestrian only streets was a great way to people watch.  There seem to be no major ‘styles’ of clothing to which people adhere.  Everyone seems to make their own style.  It’s very refreshing to see people looking ‘normal’ and not out of a fashion magazine. 

The ride back to Oldham was lots of fun as we were able to ride at the front top of a double decker bus.  This is only the 2nd time I’ve been on one of these (1st was in Hong Kong).  I love the views as everything seems to get run over by the bus. 

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