Trip Start May 04, 2007
16Trip End May 21, 2007
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My room wasn't ready so we headed out to get our bearings of the Towne Center and beach area. Very nice walk. Lots of sunshine with a very crisp breeze. I was surprised how many people were at the beach and even more surprised how many were in the ocean. It wasn't that warm outside! I guess low 60's is warm for this part of the country.
We got back to the hotel and I was able to get access to my room. Although I was exhausted I managed to unpack, wash up, and try to get some sleep. I slept a couple of hours and then showered and ready to meet Tory and Matt downstairs at 6pm. The hotel has WIFI access but it's not connecting in our rooms. We have to go to the lobby downstairs to connect.
After contacting home so family knew we made it safely we headed out to find a place to eat. We were all starving at this point. We walked back down to the pier area but it was closed (the pier itself). We decided to eat at "the best place for fish & chips", Harry Ramsden's overlooking the beach. The fish and chips were very tasty. Service was pretty quick. Our waiter had an ancient but I don't think it was English. He sounded eastern European but I'm guessing. I think he had a bit of trouble understanding us. At the end of the meal Matt asked about how much to tip. I reminded him that you usually don't tip in England unless the service is really above average or the food is just to die for. Since we paid with credit card we thought we could leave a little something on the receipt but there was no line to include a tip. Matt mentioned he felt bad about not leaving a tip especially because the waiter was there when we paid out at the register. Just another cultural difference.:-)
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