Short trip around MK

Milton Keynes Travel Blog

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Today - tadaaa - was the last time I had to walk almost an hour to work, because from now on I had a bike. There was only one small problem about it: The tyres were completely flat at it was ages ago that someone had pumped up them. Luckily, my houselord was an ardent do-it-yourselfer. So although noone in the house had a bike, he had a pump and a range of tools which could compete with every bicycle repair shop. Having fixed everything I decided to take advantage of my new toy and make a little tour around MK. To not get lost again, I took a map with me (unfortunately, it was kept pretty simple without some of the minor streets).

Before I went to MK I already had read a bit about the city, so I was curious about the peace pagoda, which was the first one to be built in the western hemisphere - and of all things in such a small town.
Next to the pagoda there is a buddhistic temple and in fact one could feel the peace in this place with all senses. Even the rush of the nearby Motorway seemed to be a bit more quiet. Not far away from this place, there was a ring of stones which I didn't know. Alas, the stones aren't remains of an old culture but all this was built up in 2000 by the inhabitants of MK to symbolize the beginning of a new millenium. Nevertheless, this is no mean feat as one rarely meets with so much engagement.

From there, I decided to go to the MK centre finally, because I saw it only once from far away on my way from the station (and anyway - I was too occupied with praying to arrive in one piece^^). Regrettably I took the bikeway on the right side of the thoroughfare which ended suddenly after less than a kilometre.
So I had to take a route through all the little streets and residential districts. The upshot was that it took me almost two hours to get to MK centre....well...it's because I lost my way again it seems to me now as if I drove in a zic-zac course through almost the whole city before I got there^^. At least I got to know my place of living :-)

After two long hours I finally reached completely exhausted the city centre. I still wasn't used to this kind of cities so the lack of arbitrariness still astonished me. Every street, every parking lot suited the traffic and the thorough concept perfectly.  However, being there, I understood how it could be that such a big shopping mall and a skiing hall with a cinema and restaurants and bars could get by: There is nothing else. Besides some kiosks and little shops for the urgent needs and a Tesco outside the town there aren't any other shops in whole MK. So all the 300.000 inhabitants go to the centre:mk for shopping and to the X-Scape to watch a film.

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