England Travel Stories, Page 3

My photo - So you do not forget!




I am back in the Kitchen typing on this computer. Lost my attention again. There are the women walking around in pajama bottoms and big sweatshirts. I am not complaining. I sometime think it is proof for the existence of God… hehehe

A cup of coffee. Girls in pajamas. The stereo is playing happy songs and the sun is shining in the window. Thanks


As you can probably tell. I like chips. I only have a couple of days left in England. No use holding back now.


I called the India Embassy. I am suppose to go India House between 2 and 5 and pick it up. So being organized and a sequential thinker. I decided it was time to reserve my ticket at the StaTravel Agency. It is a Student travel place, but sell very cheap airplane tickets to the normal public. So a good little traveler and ready to go. I go to the office. Franceso my normal agent is gone to central office. OK. I must buy the ticket today to leave as soon as possible. There was a woman that help me and had an attitude. it’s a cultural thing and she cannot help it. Permanent attitude.

Ok… I want to reserve the ticket. Pick up my Visa at 2:00. Return to the office and pay for it. Fair enough. Now they will not let me reserve the ticket because I am leaving too soon. Who knows?

But it looks like I will leave on Monday. 291 Pounds including tax. Not a good price. But the best I can find from London. I would have thought about 175 pounds. But that is life. It is winter here. I have need to leave.


Now, I could live my whole life in small town Indiana, USA and never learn about a Sultanas. They just do not eat that much Mueslix. Plus the bigger benefit of travel is each culture has specific behaviors. They will attempt to teach me to eat their food. At the way they do, and all sorts of other interesting culture. So there is always a train process going. The people around me are trying to teach me to act like them. They do not know it, but they do. I do it to them also. That is culture.


The day has a routine now. I have been in this location long enough and have adapted to the Hostel Dorm life. I get up around 7:00 and go down to the Kitchen to eat Muesli. Or maybe Muslix. Spelling, always a problem. Drink a cup of coffee.

But I did learn something interesting on the side of the bag of Muesli. A girl said something about the amount of Sultanas in the Muslix. I just was in Turkey three countries back and the world Sultan is every. But that is a type of leader. Or one of them guy with a Harem.

But there are raisins made from the deep purple or red grapes. But I learned that the Sultanas are the yellow raisins. So they call the grapes that are dried from purple grapes a raisin. When you dry a yellow grape for a raisin. It is called a Sultana.

SULTANA: a pale yellow seedless grape grown for raisins and wine b : the raisin of a sultana

- Encyclopedia Britannica


Freezing here in London for a Hobo that works part time as a beach bum. So today I hibernated and worked on my newsletter. Almost done, but still not done. I am in a dorm room now. The big problem is there is not a place where I can work that is not with other people. Therefore I avoid my computer. So I am slow... But who really thinks I work hard is under a misconception.

My Dorm room cost about 15 pounds or about 20 Dollars USA per day. I would not even think about getting a single room. I would go broke faster. I normally have a single room in cheap countries.

I have had a couple of people asking,

"Where is the newsletter?"

I am sometimes able to be real regular, and other times I am irregular.

It may have something to do with the free breakfast and Muslix. But more likely this is the problem of traveling in a rich country. The richer the country the more time I spend just working to spend time in that country. Rich countries are too busy and take up too much time just getting from place to place. Strangely. I would think it is the other way around. But I find that the lesser developed countries to be easier... Not a little. But a lot.

For example: I took a Subway to the Indian Embassy the other day.

In Thailand I took a taxi and was there very quickly. For 1/3 the price of the Subway or Underground.

I am not sure these rich countries really have any advantage? There is always a thought that there is lot of mice in a cage. They are on that wheel running and getting nowhere. But I am trying to do nothing. So I am doing well. Except today. Well... Life is good.

Small tip: Do not eat too much Muslix with Raisin before a big train or bus trip.. Plane etc.

P.O.M.E. Prisoner Of her Majesties Empire

This a word you hear. Or could hear from the Kiwis and the Ozzies. Peter brought it up, so I thought I would elucidate. It is definitely a derogatory word, and usually said with the F word in front of it. Do not use it. Bad manners. I suppose it reference the idea that some were not able to escape the culture or the influence.

OR maybe POME

'Prisoner of Mother England', slang term for British citizen.



PETER turned in...

Prisoners of Millbank, England


For those of you that need photos.

The acronyms UNESCOs page on this.



Edward Hasbrouck's blog

I have written this guy at least 5 times a personal email. Does not seem to want to answer. But nonetheless he has a book that I would consider a classic in Travel Genre.

"The Practical Nomad: How to Travel Around the World."

I do not have time to read his stuff, because when really traveling we are on the road and not in the library. But I do know the book has a lot of pratical information. Heavy on the technical side and the fact side of travel. Lots of information on flights. I looked at his blog. If you are really a travel nerd. It is probably an insider type blog to follow. Watch your cues. He does push products.



I was using the Internet in the library in Bristol. It was free. But I am paying for it in London. 1 pound or 1.50 US per hour. England has the fastest I have encountered in the world. They call it broadband. The speed saves me money on publishing photos. They have made great adjustments on the problem of measured local telephone service. Now remember I have about another 150 countries and territories to visit. This is not the final word.


What you think I would do?

If you really want to see photos. Got to the link. Has about 6.. with captions.