November - December 2015
  • Day1

    The Week Before Prep

    November 28, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 6 °C

    Did you know that tipping is not the norm in Europe like it is here in the US? The best place to get money exchanged is from the ATMs when you land? I had no idea until I started looking and investigating European travel lifehacks. As a closet researcher, I am always seeking out the best way to have the most out of an experience. The more I know, the better I feel. So I have to make sure I ask for tap water or they will give me bottled water at the restaurants. Oh, and the electrical plug adapter for England will not work in the rest of Europe. Not to mention if there is a commotion or jostle around me to watch my belongings very closely, as it could just be a set-up distraction for pickpockets to clean out the tourists. Also, I never knew that a little bit of static electricity can zap my camera memory cards clean with no hope of recovery. Apparently there are SD card holders with anti-static lining that combat this horror. Who knew?Read more

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  • Day9

    Round and Round

    December 6, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    So apparently London found out we were coming and they were not quite prepared....We had to circle the "block" a bit to give them time to get ready....see our real time flight path :) Laugh heartily as I did.Read more

  • Day9

    First things first!

    December 6, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Ahhh, we have made it to our first place of rest and it has been a day! The most exciting (not so much) part was the driving experience here...very narrow lanes, opposite side of road, steering wheel on opposite side too...not to mention the roundabouts! I think we're getting the hang of it though. My job is to navigate and Stefan's job is to get us the safely. He's done an excellent job!Read more

  • Day10

    Dinner is served at Côtes Brasserie

    December 7, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Dinner is served! After a fun and interesting day learning about mesotherapy and CO2 injections, we made our way to downtown Dorking. Côtes Restaurant was recommended to is by the locals at the corner store and WOW! For appetizer, we shared the best bowl of French onion soup. Then we had spinach mushroom crepes and half of a braised chicken. The most amazing portion of the meal was the dessert: Creme Caramel and ice cream with dark chocolate syrup. To die for!Read more

  • Day10

    Stefan's adventure to the sky

    December 7, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    It was logical to assume the men's restroom would be the door next to the women's, but no that door led to a storage closet. When he was shown the men's restroom door, this is what he encountered: a stairwell that felt like it reached to sky. That was how you got to the men's toilet....very interesting.Read more

  • Day11

    And then there was STONEHENGE...

    December 8, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    After a slight mishap with a dirt (muddy) road, which we thought was the way to Stonehenge, where we were confronted by a freezing cold rain shower, a raven, and then a rainbow over the stones, we finally made it...whew!Read more

  • Day11

    Thali Tea

    December 8, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    I suppose British think walking down the street to the cafe for some evening tea is no big deal. Make a right here, turn left there and tada! Oh but wait, we are Americans and a nice walk for us is WAY shorter than the directions we have been given from both sets of hosts. The first time was in the village of West Horsley...yeah, we turned back around after a half - hour walking and was no where near the pub we were directed to for dinner. We were starving, it was pitch black, run our of sidewalk and street lights and went back without our supper that night. This evening in Bristol, after arriving 2 hrs later than expected due to the awful/scary/narrow lanes in rush hour traffic, we were once again directed a right here, left there and again no tada! It was a LONG way, like 2 miles through back alleys and over walking bridges, before we reached our destination for tea.
    Yet tea we did enjoy!
    Great local place :)
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