Trip Start May 30, 2012
Trip End Nov 07, 2012

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Salisbury (not to be mistakenly pronounced as Salisberry) is a cute smaller city in the county of Wiltshire. Salisbury (remember, it's "bury" not "berry") is a great home base for exploring the interesting neolithic sights in the county, such as the Avebury Stone Circles and Stonehenge. But Salisbury itself can sometimes get overshadowed by these, even though it has it's own little treasures to discover. We were once again blessed to be welcomed by a house full of couch surfing hosts for three nights. There are a total of five guys that live in the house (Jack, James, Jordan, George, and Alex) plus four significant others (Emma, Annie, Katie, and Georgina) who come around from time to time. If you add us in to the equation, you have a darn good party! It was non-stop laughs and jokes and friendly banter from the moment we set foot in the house. You don't really feel crammed in because the house is a fairly decent size and it has a huge back yard full of ducks and chickens and the occasional stray hedgehog that wanders through. The boys raised the chickens and ducks from babies and they sell the eggs for 1 for a half dozen. One of the chaps, James, has a dream to own and run his own organic and free range farm one day. They are all excellent cooks, and we enjoyed some very tasty and tantalizing meals while we were there. It was also Annie's birthday and Emma made a cake that was to die for. Homemade chocolate cake with coffee icing. My two favorite flavours! I must say, we were pretty spoiled at this house! The first full day there was spent taken on a tour of the city by Jack, James, and Annie. Jack is like a walking Salisbury encyclopedia, explaining different facts about old Roman walls, the oldest cinema in England, and where different old fashioned markets used to take place. We all stopped at this fabulous coffee house where Annie used to work. She showed me around the old building and told stories about ghosts after hours and how Charles Dickens once stayed in a room upstairs. Then Jack took us on a tour of the Salisbury cathedral. For such a small place, Salisbury has one impressively massive cathedral. It is around 750 years old and gives the York Minster a run for it's money in size and beauty. Two very interesting things are housed inside the cathedral: the world's oldest working clock, and one of the four original Magna Carta's. I cannot believe how well preserved it is considering it was sealed in 1215. 

Ryan will go into detail about what we saw and did the following day in a separate blog, but I must say to all of you potential England travelers, that Salisbury definitely deserves some attention and should not be overlooked!

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