Holiday from the Holiday in the UK
Trip Start Jul 23, 2002
66Trip End Jul 23, 2003
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The visit to England wasn't part of the initial plan, but when the flights had to come through here I figured it was a good opportunity to catch up with some friends and see a bit of the country that you always hear about at home. Also a bit of a holiday from my holiday where I had no real agendas, nothing needing to be done and no real deadlines, other than to get to Africa by the 5th of May.
The trip to get to the UK was not one that I had been looking forward to, because it consisted of 40+ hours on planes and in airports and visits to 5 different countries (although I didn't officially set foot on 3 of them, as there's no stamps in the passport)
After negotiating the tube, I made it to Mary's place in Fulham and got to stay in a house for pretty much the first time in 9 months (apart from 2 days in Canada). The novelty of it was all pretty cool and for the next couple of weeks I enjoyed being in houses and having home cooked meals etc
So after a chance to dump my bag, enjoy a hot shower and go for a wander around the supermarket we headed into the city for dinner with some of Mary's other friends who'd also just arrived in the UK. Suddenly I was surrounded with Australian's again, despite being in England. On chatting with one of the other girls who'd arrived from New York that morning she decided she didn't have anything to complain about when I said about my flight and she noticed my hand still in plaster (which I have yet to explain, lets just say Peru, rafting, hand, paddle and Simon's arse were all involved). It was strange going out for dinner and seeing the numbers I was used to seeing on Peru for prices on the menu, but I had to suddenly multiple rather than divide the prices which makes a huge difference in the final price. Going to take some getting used to the expensiveness of this country after being in central and south America.
The next few days saw some wandering around the city past the main tourist sights starting at the London Tower and working my way past the sites to end up near Westminister Abbey
Before I left the city there was a visit to the hospital for more x-rays and to get the plaster taken off my thumb. These x-rays are definitely less impressive than the first set, but it does mean my thumb is at least on the way to being usable, although I need to get some strength and movement back into it. Hopefully the last hospital visit for this trip.
We also took a day trip out to the country with another of Mary's friends who has a car. We headed Dover direction, but saw the sign to Leed's Castle (not in Leeds) and ended up there. We spent the afternoon wandering the gardens and exploring the castle
Being in England it was strange suddenly seeing all the places you hear about all the time, and there were so many familiar place names, but they were all in the wrong location (compared to where they'd be in Oz). Wasn't really in a frame of mind for a big city, not that I'm a fan of cities in the first place, so after a couple of days headed to the country to stay with Rodney in Somerset.