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Whoo we've made it to a new (sort of) country.
I say (sort of) because TECHNICALLY England and Scotland and Wales are all <I>Britain</i> or the UK I suppose, and not actually separate countries. Which I never knew! I always thought Scotland was still fiercely independent. It's a pity that they're not any more, really.

We've been driving about for the past week-and-a-few-days in an awesome, awesome van. It's not quite a combie but if you remember the Tarago vans... mini busses ? Anyway. It's one of them converted into a camper van and it is painted wtih PAC MAN all over it. Yes.
It's a Wicked Camper, which is actually an Australian company. Yep.

So far we have seen SO MANY awesome things, but I am having trouble with this retarded keyboard so I'll just make a list for now:

- HMS Victory ( <3 )
- Henry VIII's Mary Rose and Queen Victoria's HMS Warrior, an Ironclad
- Cambridge University!
- Canterbury Cathedral!
- Nottingham! (The town is kind of sucky tbqh)
- SHERWOOD FOREST (so much love)
- the Major Oak, a 700-1000 year old tree of Robin Hood fame
- Many, many awesome castles and a Medieval manor house
- Hadrian's Wall! <3

We have actually done so much more than this list suggests. It's exciting. I've been keeping a paper-journal so at the least you will have the joy of suffering through my rambling in more detail when I get home.

So now I'm off to explore Edinburgh!


Have I mentioned that there is Nandos here in England / Scottland? Yeah. It's EXPENSOR here though. £20 for two people. But the soft drinks are bottomless!

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Date: 2009-09-08 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Woo, HMS Victory. Earlier this year I had a free weekend on a work trip, and had to choose between Paris and Portsmouth. Chose Paris, but it was close!

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Date: 2009-09-19 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Hehe, I probably would have chosen Paris, too - there's a lot more to do in Paris than there is in Portsmouth. But the Victory is well worth a trip to Portsmouth one day, if you get another chance. :D

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Date: 2009-09-09 01:09 am (UTC)
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Go to Stirling Castle!! It is heeeeeaps better than Edinburgh Castle, and quite close by!

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Date: 2009-09-19 03:18 pm (UTC)
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Omgee! It was awesome. :D
I liked how they whitewashed it.
Stirling castle had a lot of interesting stuff happening to it, too. They were doing *wiggles fingers* research stuff in one of the buildings while I was there. Which meant to go in. But I didn't mind, because it was HISTORY IN THE MAKING!
Or unveiling. I guess.

When you went did you see the "Och we've been a-murderin' a wee bonnie Unicorn" tapestry? It was the most disturbing thing I've seen in a tapestry. The first one is a happy little Unicorn, gambolling in a woodland meadow, surrounded by woodland creatures, purifying the stream with it's magical horn. In the background, there is a group of scary men with spears and stuff in the background.

In the next scene within that tapestry, the unicorn is DEAD, and it's slung over the back of a horse. And the men are chatting happily to themselves.

The final tapestry (so far!) is of the unicorn, somehow resurrected, inside a tiny pen, looking really sad and also bleeding profusely.

It is quite messed up.
(Apparently it's an allegory for the life of Christ or something. I dunno, Unicorns are way cooler)

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Date: 2009-09-21 03:50 am (UTC)
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Glad you liked it!

Yeah! They'd only done about three or four of the tapestries when we were there - are they finished now, or did you go see them weaving them? :)

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Date: 2009-09-21 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Haha, neither! They still have a few to go, and we forgot to see them making them! :(
We watched a dvd on how Tweed is traditionally made on the Isle of Lewis (which is also Harris island or something?)...that's kind of the same... Right...?

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