Kari goes to Lincoln, England
I heard Annette's alarm go off @ 8, but didn't roll out of bed until 8:10. We were supposed to go to breakfast in the main building at 8:30 but because I didn't have a watch and didn't know what time it was and got back to the room at 8.35 Annette was freaking out. Breakfast was ok. I ate cereal and toast and a little of the hot breakfast. It's so greasy. I drank about 5 glasses of orange juice because I was really thirsty and my throat was sore. I think I am getting sick and that is not good. We went back to the hostel and grabbed our stuff and checked out. We were off on our adventure. We weren't quite sure where the bus stop was, and after looking at the map again found it but got lost a few more times and had to ask for directions. I bought my ticket for the bus with Christine so we could save some money. It was a family pass. It was my first double-decker bus ride. It was definitely a weekend of firsts. We waited till the last minute to climb to the top and the bus was already moving while we were trying to climb the stairs. That was a little wild. It was a short drive, about a half hour and then we arrived at Stonehenge! Stonehenge looks just like the pictures. It's a giant pile of rocks or stones whatever you want to call them. There are ropes around them and the closest you can get to the stones is like 40ft. It was kind of cold and when you can only walk in a circle around them and it looks about the same from every view so I walked fast. It was really cool to see. We missed the bus by about a minute. We saw it driving away. There wasn't really a shelter to stand in besides the gift shop so we got tea and sat outside in the freezing cold for 45 minutes. The bus arrived at Stonehenge and we left at noon. We got dropped out near our next attraction Old Sarum. We had to walk through a field and up a hill to get to it. Old Sarum is old castle ruins. We were cold and got pretty crazy taking funny pictures while walking around. The sun started coming out and we got really excited about this. We left Old Sarum around 1:30 to make it back down the hill so we didn't miss our bus. 1.50 rolled around and we realized that we were really early, as the bus was only going to leave Salisbury at 1.45 and it would take 15-20 minutes to get to where we were. So we waited for quite a while but it had been an interesting wait because we had good entertainment. When we walked up to the bus stop area this kid was taping two younger kids to a tree. He would wrap the tape around them a few times and then walk away teasing them and come back and wrap some more tape around them. After that he took off one of each of their shoes and tape them to a tree a few trees away and the started taping himself to a tree. We were so confused and yet amused at the same time and had nothing better to do so we continued watching them. I even took pictures so check them out; they're in the Old Sarum album. The bus finally arrived and we took it as far as Amesbury. We had to switch buses and take a different one to Avebury. We had a 40-minute wait until that bus got to the bus station. We found a cute little cafÃ© in town called Friar Tuck CafÃ©. We had some more tea to warm us up because we were still freezing. On the bus to Avebury it was very scenic and pretty. It was nice hour-long drive; we saw a horse drawing in the side of the hill and also saw a large man-made hill. (see photos) We met a guy on the bus who was also going to Avebury. He was from Korea and traveling in England for 10 days and was leaving the next day. We talked to him a little on the way there and we arrived he asked if he could walk around with us. He was a really nice guy and offered to take group pictures of us. He took a picture on his camera and then decided it would make a good background for us and offered to take a picture of us there. Avebury is similar to Stonehenge, but less well-known. The stones are more spread out into a large circle with part of the town in-between the four parts. I liked this place better because there was more to see and there were a number of different areas. We were in the first area walking and discovered another area to see. There were five different areas to see. After looking at the first three we stopped in the gift shop. The rest of the group had gone to the bathroom, which was further down the road. Our Korean pal and I were in the gift shop and told me that he had to go. I didn't understand why, but maybe he wanted to walk around by himself. He said goodbye to me and said to tell the others that it was nice meeting them. Avebury stones form a circle of four parts and there is also a fifth random part outside of the circle. The one area only had a few stones so we went to the part that we hadn't been to yet. The sun was out and I got some nice shadow pictures. Then we came across these cute buildings and church. I got some pictures of these also. Avebury is a cute little town. It was time to head to the bus stop to wait for our bus. We saw our Korean friend again and said goodbye to him because he was talking the bus back to Salisbury but we were taking the bus to Swindon. It was a fairly short ride, only about 30-40 but the bus kept shaking and shut off a few times so we were getting a little worried. We got off at the bus station in Swindon and were planning to catch a bus to Bath. The driver who had dropped us off in Salisbury said there would be a bus there. We were at the bus station for about 10 minutes trying to figure stuff out and discovered there was no bus to Bath; I don't think a bus ever goes to Bath from Swindon. So now what? We had passed the train station before getting dropped off but couldn't quite remember so we just started walking. Luckily it wasn't too hard to find and after walking over a block we could see it and only had to walk up a few more blocks to get to it. We went straight to information and discovered that we could take a coach bus to Bath that left at 6.50 and took 45 minutes to get there. I don't know why there was no train but that was what the lady told us so we weren't going to complain. It was 6pm so we had another wait. What a day of waiting around for public transportation. We went and sat in the train station coffee shop and somehow got so caught up in conversation that we lost track of time. We made it to the bus with only five minutes to spare. The coach was full and I think we were the last ones on, because there were only about 6 empty seats left and as soon as we say down the bus left. We arrived in Bath around 8.40 and had directions to the hostel, but took a wrong turn and ended up over by the royal mail. We must have looked lost, because a guy asked if we were lost. Did we look like tourists with our backpacks and map? He told us how to get to the street that we needed. But we got confused again and had to ask another person where to go. It's hard to find your way in a strange town when it is dark. We finally found it after we asked one more person if we were going in the right direction. It was a bar & hostel. We walked into the bar and we a little confused until we discovered the you check in at the bar counter in the corner. This was a different experience. We walked upstairs and got rid of our stuff. Annette and I ventured out to find some food but first I needed a cash point. We did good because we found one in about 10 minutes. We walked some more and found a bunch of expensive sit down restaurants when all we wanted was some take away that was cheap. A block from the hostel we had seen a hamburger cart and were about to settle for that when we found a kabab shop. We got some food and headed back; I think we had only been gone for an hour, which was good. We ate and were just sitting there with the other two and decided to check out the chill out room, which was on the top floor. It had a few couches, some books, and a TV. It was a cozy, cute little room on the top floor. When we got there the couple already there was watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympics. I was happy. I got to see clips from a few of the events. Then we watched some other show. Finally someone picked a movie. And we watched that and went to bed. I am not sure what time it was but I think it was close to 12. The couple that we talked to was from somewhere in England. The lady was originally from Seattle and her dad was from Wayzata in MN so she knew where Moorhead was.