Gambled... and Lost
Trip Start Mar 06, 2009
11Trip End May 07, 2010
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Today we went to Brighton which I really enjoyed. It was a beautiful day for the beach and I was in high spirits, despite having spent the better part of an hour on the train being ear-raped by a somewhat narcissistic homosexual fellow who was talking on the phone to what could only be a very bored journalist doing a puff piece about hair dressing competitions, bitchy models, and this strange and self indulgent thespian.
Anyway I was glad to be off the train and walking across the pebbly beach. There was an abundance of palm readers and psychics to the stars! On the boardwalk and the pier had a large theme park and gaming centre on it. Milli and I wasted way too much money trying to win a variety of stuffed animals and boogying our hearts of on the dance machine
What was going to be only a day trip quickly turned into an overnight venture, some 65 pounds later (slight miscalculation on my behalf, I keep forgetting to convert everything from pounds to aussie dollars)
We were referred to a square in the city full of cool alternative restaurants and bars, so we pretty much spent the night playing electronic drums, eating and drinking and now I way much more, and my wallet much less.
We booked bus tickets back to London as the train was too expensive the next day (having forfeited our return tickets for the day before) and I vowed to come back again, albeit at slightly cheaper accommodation.
I'm not sure what Shane has said in this blog as I haven't read it
We got very cheap tickets to take the train down to Brighton and all I really knew was that it was a popular beach destination - not in the fine white sand with coconuts version that Thailand can boast, but more the rocky, chilly but sunny British type. So I was kind of correct but I hadn't planned on it being gorgeous, interesting, funky and me loving it! Or us I should say. Unless Shane has not included me in any of his ramblings and then I whole heartedly take my inclusion of him BACK and he shall remain Nameless. That's harder though so....oh whatever.
We left early and got breakfast at Victoria station in London as its huge and the hub for national lines. We spent a lot and grumbled about the pound but I did get some yummy cookies from Millie's Cookies (they are everywhere) so it wasn't all bad.
We arrived in Brighton and it was a sunny warmish day, very lucky!!
We came out and there were cute little pubs and cafes and old buildings straight away
We discovered there is a large need/supply of fortune tellers - Romany gypsies, though possibly just Betty from down the road with a scarf on her head - and basically everything came together as a seaside summer fair. This intensified when we arrived at the pier which was huge and had an amusement park, games area, cafes, bars and shops. It was like we stepped back in time and I had to go and buy some rock candy with 'Humbug' written through it. Yes, HAD to.
We went and got some tokens and played some games, though the pokies seeping in from the sides kind of took away from it. We also got a photo done in a booth but it ended up on paper and kind of was crappy crap crap crap. But we did play the dance game and got our exercise for the week! Yay us!
We then complimented that with a tequila shot and a pint of beer, very sound decisions I say.
Unfortunately the funpark at the end of the pier was under renovation so we wandered back to the shore. There we discovered a big old ornate hotel that we realised was part of a setting for the series Jekyll/Hyde!!!! We were super excited and then we saw rooms available from 40 pounds a night
Shane got the pound/dollar confused and as we were both in a state of euphoria at liking Brighton and the sunny day (yes I put it mainly down to the sun, that miserable, evil orb that heats till we burn...wow, have I been in this room too long?) so we jumped at a 65 pound bed and breakfast that was in a gorgeous totally done up town house. It did include breakfast (that turned out to be really good) and the room had a TV and loaned DVDs, and our own bathroom and Twirls on each pillowcase and even free cookies in the lounge area, and cute cats roaming around....but the fact of the matter was we spent about 140 dollars.
We then proceeded to dumb our meagre belongings (we didn't have much as we were only coming for the day!) and had a look around the area
We were advised by one of them who detailed on a map for us to visit one area that was very down to earth, funky and environmentally friendly and we loved it! (Funnily enough). Lots of cafes with soy sausages, bars (one called White Rabbit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAD to have a drink there), music and book shops, and little quirky streets! We then tried another area recommended that had lots of little alleyways and yummy restaurants - it reminded me of Split's windy palace ruins and Barcelona alleys too! A few too many boutiques though. But we did have more drinks and a yummy Italian dinner
! Getting there we passed a summer palace for old royalty, that had become a museum - it was unusual in that the design was quite middle eastern with turrets and domed tops
We definitely want to come back! All in all a great time, but as you can probably guess the pounds were racking up. And up. The next day we had a semi freak out and organised to go home sooner than we had planned - though that in itself cost more to change. So we arrived back to our Mile End house with our eccentric posse of flatmates and realised sheepishly we had spent about a years wage in Brighton. No more Brighton.