Windy Brighton

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
Trip End Jan 25, 2009

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The Arlanda Hotel

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

I've made it back to Brighton after a 6 year absence. I'm staying at the Arlanda Hotel (a Bed and Breakfast) on the New Steine, just off the windy and blistery coast. For 45 ($110), I get my own single bed with bathroom - it's in a great location, close to all the bars, clubs and restaurants I want to check out. Brighton appears to be hugely popular as I had great difficulty in finding accommodation. I'm finding the accommodation to be extremely pricey here in England compared to that of South-East Asian countries... thankfully, I have Wendy and James' place to crash whilst in London:)

I'm only here for one night. I'm basically here to check out the nightlife. According to what I've read, Brighton rates up there with London as having some of the best clubs etc. in the country... one of them is advertising Anastasia. Would love to see her!

I decided to go for the cheaper option of getting the coach down... return trip costs 16.30. Much better than the single train trip that cost 17. But the bus trip was long... instead of the 50 minute train ride, the bus took 3 hours due to the horrendous traffic in London. It took most of the trip just to clear the city!

As I spend more and more time in London, I'm starting to think how great it is to visit, but not to live... just like Sydney - I can't really stand the pace of living and the mentality of its people. For example, as I was leaving London to return to Cheam last night (Friday), I observed a guy yelling all forms of threatening abuse to this other innocent bystander who inadvertently bumped into him as he was going through one of the tube's turnstiles. It was late, about 11.30, and both guys were drunk - glad I wasn't anywhere near them. Another thing I've noticed is the presence of drugs... I'm being asked everywhere I go whether I supply and/or would like to buy. This definitely rates as one of the negative sides of travelling around the world (Thailand has a notorious drug issue as well)... and it's sad to think how big the drug industry is amongst 18-30yo club-goers these days. According to one guy I've met in London, most people don't even bother going to clubs without an e or two in their pocket. Another guy I met said that most people 'in this pub' would have something in their pocket whether its crack etc. Definitely an eye-opener.

Brighton is very windy... but not too cold. Being on the southern coast of England does not help, but I cannot remember this part of the world being so windy! Luckily I have my wind-break jacket.

Even though I'm alone in this city (I lost Rachel's email address... China tour), I'm still excited by the thought of going out and meeting new people in foreign places. But at the same time, I'm definitely missing the ease and familiarity of going out in Perth.
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