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29 September 2004 @ 07:05 pm
england update  
good evening from the city of Bath, in South West England :)

i think i'm up to about day 4 of my trip, i suppose. already i'm losing count; but so it is brilliant. although right now i'm in this dingy room at a hostel, that they call "the chill out room", and it is kind of gross, except for this keyboard which is the best one i've used since i left home :P ANYWAY ! the first 2 full days of my trip (so i guess that means i'm really up to day 3) i spent in london; shopping on oxford street on monday, sightseeing yesterday. went to Westminster Abbey, saw the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, went to the Tower of London and saw the Crown Jewels, took a river cruise down the River Thames, as well as driving past several other historial places around the city.

today i started on one of my tours, the 7 day Haggis Britain tour -- except there's only 2 of us on it !! a girl named michelle, who's also from australia, is the other person, and luckily we get along great. it's strange, we basically have a private tour guide... they have a no cancellation policy, hence why they are running a tour with just the 2 of us on it. this was my first trek out of london, and the contrast is amazing. the air feels fresher, crisper, there are little villages and thatched cottages everywhere we go. we got out at Uffington to see the White Horse (supposedly carved into the hillside 3000 years ago), and walked for about a kilometre in the brisk air -- the lush green fields and serenity of the countryside makes you feel so alive and free. london makes you feel alive too, but it feels sort of oppressive too. we then went on to Avebury to see the standing stones -- another stone henge, really. these ones are 6000 years old and weigh about 60 tonnes each, and are set up in stone circles amongst the hills. there is meant to be earth energy where they are situated (leylines under the ground) - it was a place of worship and every year there are pagan festivals there. there was one last week, and i'm sorry that i missed it; it would have been fascinating.

we drove past Lacock cathedral -- which is used as the exterior of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. will definitely post pictures when i get back home ;) then continued on here, to Bath; where we checked into our hostel (which is fairly decent, apart from this room here), then michelle and i went on to see the Roman Baths, which were fascinating. so much of it is still real, authentic, from nearly 2000 years ago; it is amazing. history, of a different kind.

this whole trip so far has been immersed in history, and i love it.

have also seen musicals -- i think i mentioned i saw FAME on monday night (i can't remember when i updated this last), and THE LION KING last night. both were fabulous, sigh. the west end theatre is just brilliant. i always wanted to be there.

i am very tired. tonight is going to be an early night; i love everything i'm doing and seeing, but i haven't been getting much sleep and it's starting to catch up with me already. i have moments where i desperately miss everyone back home, where everything reminds me of one person or another, where it's not lonely but i miss the people close to me. it's nice to be out of london right now; i don't think i could live there after all, it feels refreshing to be in the country. but there's so much in london that is just brilliant - i do wish i didn't live on the other side of the world from this amazing country ;) this really is a wonderful experience.

thinking of you and hoping you are all well xxx

wingsunfurl on September 29th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm so jelous! I wish i was there. *_*
I've always wanted to go to England!
Cristal Dawncrizzles on September 29th, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds like an amazing trip so far, I hope you continue enjoying your journey!
lyricsofmylife on September 29th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
melymbrosiapalefire on September 30th, 2004 12:53 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to hear you're having fun and living every moment of your trip. I hope you get some sleep - it sounds like your days are filled to the brim!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 2nd, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
oh, they are! but they are wonderful and i am making sure i rest :)
psst: where's your journal gone ???
_tomorrow on September 30th, 2004 02:07 am (UTC)

that's all!
eleanor janephotogirl on September 30th, 2004 06:25 pm (UTC)

ooh getting nearer & nearer to me every time you update!
will you be coming to wales?
glad you're having fun. post pictures!
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 2nd, 2004 04:09 pm (UTC)
i was in wales on tuesday and wednesday :) but i am coming back there on sunday (just for a very short time, to get to dublin by ferry), and then again on the sunday after, maybe for a bit longer time :)
eleanor janephotogirl on October 2nd, 2004 05:01 pm (UTC)

oh no, i missed you!
which parts did you visit?
& what did you think?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 2nd, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
we went briefly through South Wales - Chepstow, Monmouth, up the east side near the border, and then in North Wales we came up from Llangollen, Betsw-y-coed, Snowdon area. Which part of Wales are you in?

and, i loved it. it was so, so beautiful... i can't wait to come back there. i think i loved it more than the english countryside :)
ms krissyoh_la_la on October 2nd, 2004 12:18 pm (UTC)
oh hello there!
this sounds lovely
and i'd like to
add you?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 2nd, 2004 05:06 pm (UTC)
doing so right now :)
wensday___ on October 9th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)