Very rarely do I visit restaurants on my travels. It is said that English cousine is not the best (I hope my English friends don?t take any offence in this, it is an stereotype), but I am sure that if I had visited England with my brother, I would have gone into some good restaurants and tried local dishes. Apart from fish and chips, I am sure you can find wonderful meals, even you can learn how to cook them while living there.
It was my fault not to try to learn how to make Yorkshire pudding, and, on the contrary, I struggled to cook my own recipes, most of them vegetarian. And, do you know what the obstacle I found was? I couldn?t find Laurel at the local supermarket, a spice commonly used in my stews. It remained me how difficult was to find pestle and mortar at Brest.
Effectively, when we travel we can realize how different our habits are, regarding kitchen and cooking, too. However I prefer to focus on the aspects that ties people together. Like during my experience in Brest, this time in UK the best was people I came across and that showed me how kind and helpful someone can be.
All these people cannot be found in a travel guide; nonetheless they made my experience more interesting and pleasant. It is time to say thank you to Angela who took me at her house and helped me patiently to improve my English level. Furthermore she has a wonderful sense of humor as well as passion for life.
Thank you to Linda, who accepted with enthusiasm to meet me to talk over a cup of coffee, after we had met each other twice by chance.
Thank you to the woman I met in Bishop Auckland and helped me to understand the exhibition about life of the miners, and that I met a second time the day after.
Thank you to Nataly and her family, to Andrew and James, who help me to enjoy Kynren performance.
Thank you to the shop owner in Whitby who gave me ?Alice?s adventures in wonderland?, it was exactly the book I wanted to read this summer (was this by chance?)
And thank you to Helen and her sister, who I shared a great time at the beach, and to Maria who I have just started a new friendship with.
On balance, I couldn?t find laurel but I found wonderful people, angels on the way.
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Wow, looks like you had a very positive experience in England. Great stuff! Love the pics!
Actually, despite I expressed that all Cathedral looks similar, I enjoy visiting them, and castles, museums..as well. Each of them has something different to offer. I will not stop visiting them, although probably also I will try to speak with local people in order to learn about every day life.
Isn’t just the best of it all the people you meet when you travel around? It is now long ago when I traveled the world alone but I,as you Glory, some of those interesting, helpful and kind people I met are friends now. How enriching it is to be in a different culture with a person/s who kindly help you to understand it confronting our perspective. Not always had I internalized what I saw, but this is not less valuable since it made me to question what was for me the status quo. After the experience in a foreign culture the status quo was not just an heritage but a decision I made, after balancing pros and cons.
I am very glad you had such a nice time in England and had met such lovely persons along the way.
Dear AOG, thank you for your comments, that add value to this blog as always. I agree with you, we can chose consciously our culture and be aware of pros and cons it has.
Dear Gloria, it was a pleasure to meet you in York! I hope that our common goal will help us to meet each other somewhere in Europe soon! I’m already planning my new summer vacation; destination Bath. Do you have any plan as well?