Glenn's Random Thoughts (Glennica)

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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St Christopher's Inn/Hostel - Greenwich

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hi Everyone!

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 ( - 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!

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Mia on

Hi, Glennica!
I'm trying to comment every few entries, so I have more to say instead of posting on every single one, and I don't think I got one of yours before.
I just came back from a weekend myself, but it's not nearly as interesting as yours... just wandering around Chicago. Reading your posts here really makes me appreciate how interesting it can be to go out of the way (relatively, anyway, it's not like you're finding remote mountain villages but it's still a long way away from London and Paris.) Keep up the good work!

Kimgb on

So glad you are having a great time! The girls send their love and hugs as do we!!!!

Linda on

Hey Glenn...........sounds like you guys are just having the time of your lives............I read your blog with such relish............HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!

Gigan on

I mighta missed it, but if you haven't had it, you need to have bangers & mash for a meal. :)

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