Glenn's Random Thoughts (Glennica)
Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
59Trip End Oct 27, 2010
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Where I stayed
St Christopher's Inn/Hostel - Greenwich
I have given Nathan the task of keeping up the blog (THANKS Nate), but I figured it was time to write down some details before I forget them.
Things that bug me:
Which side of the sidewalk to use? - I feel like I am always on the wrong side of the sidewalk and getting in people's way. There are signs in the London tube stations saying to Keep Left, but I also was in one station today which has instructions to Keep Right. When I try to remember to walk on the left, I still end up in someone's path. Is it because so many others here are also tourists? I noticed the same issue in Blackpool, and most people there were British.
Iced Coffee is hard to find - not unexpected :-)
No Drinking Fountains - I have found only one place so far overseas that has drinking fountains - the National Gallery in London. Everywhere else seems to expect people to buy bottled water.
Crosswalks only go halfway across the street - we have to wait twice for the lights to change to cross most large streets all the way.
Gift Shops attached to Churches - when did this become common? I don't remember seeing this in Europe when I was a teenager. They want us to pay to come into the church, and then they want to sell us stuff on the way out too.
Other random stuff:
Trampolines - I noticed as we traveled across Great Britain by train that many households have one of these in the backyard. They are almost as common as swimming pools are in many parts of the US.
Hard Cider is very popular in Great Britain - I am enjoying choosing from the wide range of available ciders! So far Nathan and I best like "Jacques", which is cider mixed with fruit juice made in Edinburgh. Does not taste like alcohol and is very refreshing! I also enjoyed Thatchers Green Goblin cider (http://www.greengoblincider.com/) - tasty and a neat label too. Wish these were available in the US.
We have also started quite an impressive collection of bags from odd flavors of potato chips that we find. Look for pics at the end of the trip!
Thanks for reading, and please comment!