The Crown Hotel
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I've just flown into England and boy are my arms tired! I got off the plane and made my way through customs. "Anything to declare?" "Not without my attorney present!" "What?" "Um, no, nothing to delcare."
I'm staying at The Crown Hotel and Restaurant but when I arrived it looked like it was out in the middle of nowhere but it's actually in a village called Mundford. Which is in Thetford. Which is in Norfolk. Which is in Suffolk. Huh? If you don't have a GPS with you when you try to drive here, then don't even try finding it.
The front wall of the house (and some of the interior walls) is made of flint. They have a local flint mine a few miles away and most of the buildings here have flint walls. I’m not sure this flint is “the flint” you hear about growing up where you can scrape steel against it and make a spark because I’ve scraped stuff on it trying to get a spark and got nuthin’. Which, I guess, turned out to be a good thing. I’m picturing someone walking around in their house and accidentally brushing against a wall and the entire house bursting into flame.
Ok, that car you see is a British-issue (steering wheel on wrong side) Volkswagen.
A few days ago I drove it at least 90 miles per hour for about three hours and it did just fine. This coming from a stock 4-cylinder. Oh, speaking of driving fast. The national speed limit here is 30 mph inside what we would consider city limits. Once you get outside city limits the speed is 60. 70 on the highways. But, according to my driving instructor during driver familiarization, the speed limits are “more of a suggestion”.
And one last thing. To regulate speed on the highways they have “speed cameras” on the side of the road. You speed, the camera takes a picture of it, and you get a ticket ($1,200) in the mail. BUT. They post warning signs to warn you there are speed cameras ahead. And if you somehow miss the warning signs, they place the cameras in bright yellow boxes. There’s some kind of law where they have to warn you there are speed cameras ahead. And they only have a certain number of them and have to rotate them around to different spots. I don’t get it either.
OK, that's about all I got on the house and driving. I didn't post any pictures of the bathroom because I figure no one needs to see what a bathroom looks like. If you don't know by now...