England's living up to it's reputation!

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

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

England is definitely living up to its reputation with its weather. It is very grey and dull today... but not pouring down with rain which is good given the amount of outdoor walking I'm doing. I didn't know what to expect in terms of the weather here given the time of year... but I would of thought that the winter had past. I've had all sorts of weather this week so at least it hasn't been consistently bad.

I'm back in Cheam after a pretty ordinary weekend in Brighton. According to Lonely Planet, Brighton is Britain's number one seaside town... I can't see people swimming here because the beach is all pebbles and the sea is very rough. As a roaming traveller, I can't begin to emphasise how much the weather influences my perceptions of a place. It was quite uncomfortable walking along Brighton's seaside given the blistery wind. It was like walking on a mountain instead of a beach!

But... the nightlife definitely lived up to its reputation and was unreal. I did the typical English pub crawl and went to 4 pubs and then 2 clubs. I'd say most of them had excellent atmospheres with friendly people... and the music was outstanding. One club I went to (Revenge on the seaside), had two floors of completly different types of music which made for a great experience. I needed a night of just letting it loose on the dance floor and my night at Revenge definitely afforded that. I think the English DJs have definitely won it over our DJs back home. And the drinks were reasonably priced... 2.85 for a pint of beer and 8 entry after 10:30pm - good deal.

Brighton has an abundance of restaurants, pubs and clubs so definitely has potential - but 1 night definitely did it justice - I was happy to leave at 12.30pm given the awful weather. I did manage to fit in a quick look at the town's number 1 tourist attraction, the Royal Pavillion - a most impressive building that was built between 1815 and 1822 for George IV. The B&B I stayed at provided an excellent English breakfast of everything you can think of... eggs, bacon, beans, mushrooms, toast, cereal, yoghurt, OJ, coffee, pastries etc. so provided me with the equivalent of 2 meals which made the 45 OK value. I took hold of Ariadna's tip and tucked 3 pastries in a souviette along with some fruit for lunch on my exit from breakfast. The things you do when you're on a budget:) The bus ride turned out to be ok... but double the amount of time a train takes. I think I actually prefer the bus rides because I get to see more of the day to day life of the villages and towns I pass through.
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