Monday, September 14, 2009

Update from Durham, England

Well, I have entered my last week of travel...Right now, I am staying at my friend Wills place, who works in the area...I arrived from Dublin on Saturday morning, after spending the night in the airport cause I had a 6:25AM flight...Lets just say that I didnt get much sleep....Ireland was amazing though. I spent about 4 days there....After exploring Dublin for a day (I also did a tour of the Jamerson whiskey factory), I embarked on a 3 day tour..It was a great tour, it is kinda for young people who are active so thats good...We also had a really good tour guide who was really funny and gave us lots of insights in the culture...I also learned a great deal about the troubles that they have had (the whole religion thing which pretty much seperates 2 countries)...It was a 3 day tour, we started in Dublin, headed towards the west coast and then spent a night in Galway...The next day we headed towards the Cliffs of Mor (spelled wrong probably) and then spent the last night in Kilarney...I was glad that I did the tour because of the time limit that I had, so I had to make sure I got everything done!

I had a great time with Will this weekend as well. We did some hiking about 2 hours from his house in the South of England...The next day, he introduced me to Snooker, a popular billards game which I have never seen before...It is played on a huge billards table, it is 12 feet long and 6 feet wide...It is huge!!!! Its pretty interesting, cause you play for points as well....

Today, I head for Scotland at 3PM. I am talking a bus and that will probably take about 2 hours and then I am going to spend a couple days there exploring...On Thursday I then will head towards London (The bus ride will probably take about 10 hours) and then with a flight back to Grand Rapids on Saturday...

Even when I get home I still will be on the go...I probably will spend 4 days there and then move back to Chicago for at least a couple months!!! Crazyness!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Update from Wales

So my journey has taken me to Wales now. Its been about 4 days since leaving Prague with Erik. Its different traveling by yourself than with someone. But its not bad, just a little different. So after Prague, I went back to London for a few days and explored London some more. I met a cool guy and we hung out a bit. This time in London, I had a little more time to explore. I did a walking tour and saw all the important sites (big ben, London bridge, Tower of London, Abbey Road) and I still will have a couple more days when I return on the 17th. I still want to do the Tower of London tour and see the British Museum. After London, I took a train to Salisbury. The main draw for this place is Stonehenge which is about 8 miles away. Stonehenge was very neat, but I only had about 45 minutes there. Its funny though, a lot of people think that by the pics of the place, its in the middle of nowhere. But there is actually a big highway not too far away!

The English countryside is really nice and green. I would love to see it more but I am a little restricted by not having a car or having all the supplies to go camping. I have been planning this trip pretty much day by day for the most part. I did have one small hitch though. I was planning on taking a ferry from Swansea (in Wales) to Ireland to see some friends that I met in Vienna. The problem is that I found out that the ferry doesnt run anymore! So I decided to change my plans and fly to Dubin on Monday. That way, I have time for a little 3 day guided backpacking tour across the south of Ireland before heading to Liverpool and hopefully meet up with a friend from Chile...So I will explore Wales tomorrow and the next day and then its time to fly!