Yessssss! i'm back! online at home at last! ...
Trip Start Aug 25, 1999
19Trip End Ongoing
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Well, where do I start? I'm still in the same house, with the same group of 9 people. My job is okay and I'm saving lots of money for my next jaunt.
Life has been treating me well, here. There are some weekend trips coming up in the near future. Dublin, London, and perhaps Amsterdam. Don't worry, I'll write as soon as I step foot in my room!
So, now my plans are as follows:
I'm going to be heading home for June, July and August to visit everyone - including my little niece, Madison, that is actually yet to be born
Then, I'm not sure whether or not I'll come back to Manchester - I'd like to go to Bombay to visit an email friend, and stopping in Manchester for a few days will break up the flight time. Then, I'm making arrangements to start scuba diving! I'm too excited about that part - I found a place off the coast of Kota Bharu in Malaysia that will get me certified to be an assistant instructor. Then, I'd like to head down to Australia to work and roam around ((having applied for and received my Aussie work visa while I was at home))
After that - who knows!
All I know, is that I'm fully prepared for some serious sun, sand and ocean!
I'll continue to write when I go home - there are a few trips in the works with friends there. Maybe Mexico again, or Vegas... it's still up in the air at the moment.
My last little trip was to a nice, quiet and scenic town 1 hour south of here. The other Canadian housemate (Michelle) and I decided that we've had enough of the hustle and bustle of city life (well, with me being the little farm girl that I am...) and wanted some greenery, fresh air and just something different. We actually asked the guy in the ticket booth a good place to see and he suggested Buxton. Great
When we arrived, there were a few tourists, and a few cars, and plenty of silence!
We walked around and followed the signs to the tourist information centre - they had the usual tourist stuff, postcards, shirts etc. We wanted to look into a trail to hike, but because of the shorter days, we wouldn't have been able to make the 4 or 5 hour walk in time. So, we headed off on our own to climb up a bill to see Solomon's Temple. It was on someone's land, but they allow people to traipse over it to see the temple. It was cooler than usual, as Buxton is nestled in between some rolling hills.
After walking around for a few hours, we stopped for lunch in a restaurant that looked like a converted house. Creaky and very wooden, the room we ate in had an ancient fireplace and mantle. ((then again, almost everything in this country is ancient))
We then hit some shops and checked out a cd/record/tape sale in the local hotel. There were plenty I could have bought, but I really wasn't in the mood.
At about 5 or so, we caught the train home. Though not a terribly exciting trip, it was rather rejuvinating. I'd like to go to a city called Chester sometime as well. I hear it's very beautiful, and is contained within a stone wall, that you can walk around on top of it.
Anyway - enjoy the few Buxton photos I posted!
Take care, all,
until next time