Trip Start Jul 14, 2010
Trip End Apr 26, 2011

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Jason's Home

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It seems that after my adventures in Paris I was in need of a few lazy days so I spent my first few days lounging around Jason's home resting and taking it easy. Of course when Jason got home I was given the chance to eat some yummy food!  Silly as it sounds, I had Domino’s Pizza one night, which was fantastic, even if I did have to substitute my customary ranch dressing for their garlic and herb sauce.  I had fish and chips another night.  Well honestly I had chicken nuggets and chips but I liked Jason’s Hake, a type of fish, so much that I regretted my "Sarah" choice of chicken! 

Walking around town in the evenings Jason showed me several interesting spots including The Saddle which is the oldest pub in Blackpool.  The funny thing about this pub is that it was established in 1776… it makes you feel young walking into a place that is as old as your country!  The odd thing is it doesn’t feel old inside, more like a casual Apple Bees

We walked down to the Promenade one night and enjoyed the Irish Sea air drifting over us from the beach as we walked up and down the coast.  The Promenade is made up anything you can imaging from restaurants, old hotels, arcades, a theme park, hosting Britain's tallest roller coaster, a water park, and of course its three piers.  The Piers interest me because they are more like miniature carnivals than anything else.  The one I was able to walk down had two arcades, carnival games, carnival rides and souvenir shops.   Both of us brought our camera’s of course, as Jason is an avid photographer as well,  and were able to take some interesting shots of the area.

On our return walk from the Pier we passed the Texas Steakhouse and Jason dared me to go in and use my exaggerated southern slang to ask what exactly was so Texas about the place.  We went in for me to try but when it came down to it I couldn’t pull it off for fear they would be offended.  We did talk to the owner for several minutes.  He was from York but unfortunately his accent was so thick I could barely understand a word he was saying! He did inform us that Texas was of course only a theme but that they did serve Texas’ style steaks (only smaller of course).   I of course did not tell him that the decorations in his restaurant were not necessarily Texan, but instead made sure to enjoy a coke for taking up his time.

Another day we took a walk to downtown Blackpool, which is in effect a large shopping area off of the beach.  There you can find the Blackpool Tower, which is a landmark in England and is 100 years old.  To some it may not compare to the Eiffel Tower, what does really, but it is impressive in its own right.  The area was swarming with people going about their day, moving in and out of shops and on and off buses.  There is an interesting mix of people gathered here in Blackpool.  Everyone is very friendly and it is amazing to see the different styles that show themselves in public spaces.  I have said a lot of, "I wouldn’t be caught dead in that" since coming here, but to each his own, and if you can pull it off and it makes you happy then props to you!  It also amazes me how some girls can go around with very little on when it is so COLD outside!  It makes me wonder what they would wear on a 106 degree Texas day if they only wear that when it is in the upper 50’s. 

We did take a train to the Lake District one day.  Unfortunately it was raining and as Jason says, “What a washout!”  The weather here is funny in that it is so unpredictable.  We would be standing there and it would pour down rain for several minutes and then just stop.  Not slow and ease up - just stop.   We would start walking again and then all of a sudden with no warning it would just start pouring again!  So due to the time, having to rely on train times can be irritating, and the weather we went to the Lake District and didn’t see one lake, other than the one building in the street of course!  The company was good though and we were able to take our cameras out for a few minutes at a time.

Overall Blackpool has differed greatly from any of the other stops on my journey but has been a great learning experience in many ways!  Jason is a wonderful tour guide and I swear knows more about Blackpool than anyone else living here.  We have had a lot of fun shooting pictures around town and in the park as well as sharing our philosophies on life.  

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