A Bristol Homestay
Trip Start Jun 30, 2005
17Trip End Jul 22, 2005
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Amsterdam, Netherlands to Bristol, England
Michael ended up back at the hostel in the morning. We attempted to visit the Van Gogh museum but opted out of it since it the line would have taken over two hours and... I had a flight to catch. Instead, we walked around and found a picturesque park. Afterwards, Michael walked me towards the station and we said good-bye. Off to the airport it was...it was finally time to see Paul and Elisa!! I had met this lovely couple back in March during my trip to South America. Paul and Elisa on their honeymoon.
Elias and Paul ended up at the airport right on time. I gave them each a huge hug! It was such a wonderful feeling to see a familiar face
After resting up a bit at the Morgan Residence, we head out to the town for some dinner. We had it at a delicious place. Then we went bar hopping where I learned it was "uncool" to have more than one drink at the same place. It was such a fun day!
Sun July 17 2005
Bristol, England to Edinburgh, Scotland
Paul and Elisa planned a trip along the country side before they dropped me off at the airport later in the evening. We went to Wells, Glastonbury, and Cheddar. Wells is a small market town with an extraordinary 13th century cathedral. From what Paul explained, there are some houses in the town that are hundreds of years old. People can petition to use them as their residence. They apparently have the original code of arms
After a lengthy walk, we were feeling pretty hungry and decided to have lunch in Wells. I ordered a dish I had never heard of named Ploughman's. A ploughman's lunch usually consists of a lump of cheese, pickle and salad, accompanied by crusty bread and butter. I learned that "pickle" referred to some condiment tasting paste used to spread over all of the meal's components. It was so delicious...yummy indeed!
After lunch it was off to Glastonbury, a small rural town which is associated with the Holy Grail and King Arthur. We spent some time hiking our way up to The Tor. The Tor is a natural mound overlooking the town. It is identified with the Isle of Avalon and other biblical references. Up on the hill, we found several people in a meditative state. On our way back down, Paul offered to go get his car so that Elisa wouldn't get so tired. How sweet!
Our final stop was the small town of Cheddar. Yes. This is the birthplace of Cheddar cheese. The Cheddar Gorge was formed by the collapse of a cave system. We did indulge in some ice cream, cheese, and my favorite of course...CANDY! Our final stop was the AIRPORT! We were running out of time!
Paul and Elisa were awesome hosts. I really enjoyed spending time with them, albeit rather brief. After visiting so many major cities, they start to lose their flare. You need an authentic experience to break up the monotony of travel. The sights I experienced were truly "off the beaten path" making my time in England very well spent. Hopefully, I will be given an opportunity to extend the same hospitality to Paul and Elisa one day.