My visit to some really old rocks!

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A really eventful weekend has come and gone.  David and I finally got out of the city and did some sight seeing!  BUNAC arranged a day trip to Stonehenge and Bath and for a mere £22 we couldn't pass it up.  That included the coach there and back as well as entrance to Stonehenge, a good £6 in itself.  Yey!

Had to get up super early, which I guess I'm kind of used to after last week.  For work I have to alternate between getting up at 6am and 7am.  :(  But such is life!  And at least I'm out by 5pm!  Too bad David has been working a lot of nights, so we are kind of missing eachother each day.

tourists!
  But we've decided to make Saturday and Sunday our "tourist" days in London and not to work if we can avoid it.

Anyway... back to the trip.  Got up super early to get to the International Students House, where the coach was leaving from.  Arrived with enough time to sample the breakfast there... and probably won't again.  I mean, I guess you'd have to expect it from a hostel and most of my food was good, it was just that my juice was really funky!  It was like they had made orange juice but ran out of the concentrate stuff and finished it off with a bit of apple juice.  Yuck.  Though all and all it was a pretty cheap way to eat and sufficed.

Arrived at Stonehenge around 9:30 or so and had an hour to check it out.

Ooh, english countryside!
  You can't get very close to it, but its still pretty cool.  I mean, think about the people who must have moved all those rocks there... they are dust by now!  That's crazy...  There were a lot of sheep around too which everyone had a good time of trying to get close to.  After about a half hour you get to the point where you're really to leave, because really once you've seen them and listened to a bit of the audio tour you've had enough.  Bought some souveniers (my thing I started when we started doing cruises was to get magnets where ever we go... they're usually cheap and really easy to pack up) and headed back to the bus.  Funny how only one girl on our bus was unable to get back in time.  She rushed on about 10 minutes late and burst out, "I didn't know!"  How did you not know and everyone else did?  We should have left her as there was pretty much NOTHING around but fields of sheep.
Overlooking the Roman Baths. Yes, the water is gross and green. When these were built, there was a roof over it which blocked the sunlight and thus prevented algae from growing. No roof + sunlight = algae party!
  :D

Took a bit to get to Bath, our next stop.  The ride was really nice; lots of pretty scenery to look at, and once we got into Bath the city was gorgeous!  It seems a lot more quaint than London. 

First stop was the Roman Baths.  These are built on a natural hot spring, and the temple as been there since around 60AD!  Obviously, a lot of it has crumbled and things had to be rebuilt, but its surprisingly in tact.  Very cool!  Took lots of pictures which I'll have to add later  Next was Bath Abbey, a really awesome church.  It was first built in the 7th century, but from what I understand this one was rebuilt in the 16th century, which still makes it pretty darn old!  Lots of pretty stained glass, including one that had pictures of all the saints and then 50-something scenes from the Bible!  We walked around a bit after that, had some sausages that were really brilliant, saw a really cool park and a bunch of pretty architecture.

Bath Abbey from outside
 

Oh, and the city had this collection of painted pigs that are scattered about the town that were very strange.  They were all painted by various different people and about the size of a real full grown pig.  I mean, they were really cool, it was just strange.  Lol!  One was on a trapeze in a tree, another hanging out beside a pool in the Baths, and some on top of buildings.

Bus ride home most people slept.  There was one very obnoxious kid who kept annoying people, but I ignored him for the most part.  Its really funny because, since the drinking age is 18 here as opposed to 21, you can really tell who are not able to drink at home because they totally abuse it.  This kid brought beer on the bus and kept calling everyone else boring because they weren't trying to get drunk.

Down the streets of a really old city
  Dude, its the middle of the afternoon and I really don't need to be drunk all the time, thanks.  He was also blatantly obsessed with the BUNAC rep girl, and it was clear she totally dispised him.  Haha... serves you right for annoying everyone else.

After we got back we had a few pints with some BUNACers at ISH.  Its a pretty cool bar in there and really cheap; £1.90 for a Strongbow and £2.50 for a Guiness.  You have to be a member to go there though, but we get a free membership from BUNAC.  They also have a travel club that does pretty good deals on trips, which is only £5 to be a member and totally worth it; for example, they're going for 3 days to Wales and doing a day of horseback riding, a trip that costs £140+ everywhere else, and its only £70 with the travel club!  I wish I could go but we've got other plans that weekend.

Oh man, I just realized I've only talked about Saturday, and haven't even touched on Sunday... lol...  I'll try to be brief.



...to be continued...

mountainlover says:
Welllll, that was a nice catch up for all of us who wait to see what's up next. lol
I shall live vicariously through you these next few mos......I am having a blast ! thanks
David's gram
Posted on: Jun 16, 2008
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tourists!
tourists!
Ooh, english countryside!
Ooh, english countryside!
Overlooking the Roman Baths.  Yes,…
Overlooking the Roman Baths. Yes…
Bath Abbey from outside
Bath Abbey from outside
Down the streets of a really old c…
Down the streets of a really old …
Stonehenge!
Stonehenge!
Sheep!
Sheep!
One lone outpost
One lone outpost
That sheep looked at me!
That sheep looked at me!
Bath
Bath
More of Bath Abbey looking out fro…
More of Bath Abbey looking out fr…
Pigs need Baths, too!
Pigs need Baths, too!
A friend I made
A friend I made
Yey, more Bath piggies!
Yey, more Bath piggies!
Trapeze pig!
Trapeze pig!
Inside the baths
Inside the baths
The actual spring where water has …
The actual spring where water has…
Cold tub!  Literally... this was w…
Cold tub! Literally... this was …
Magic show!
Afterward, an audienc…
Magic show! Afterward, an audien…
Bath Abbey
Bath Abbey
Ridiculously huge stained glass sh…
Ridiculously huge stained glass s…
Some cool architecture
Some cool architecture
From the bus!
From the bus!
YEY!
YEY!
YEY!
YEY!
Bath
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