Job secured it's time for Turkey

by CameronM Tue, September 23 2003 05:18

Thankfully the return bus trip is on time and without delay, so we are soon back in London and ready to plan out trip to Turkey.

Planning was brushed aside when I received a message from an employment agency about an interview that afternoon. As we were leaving for Greece in the morning, Tan and I had left the bulk of our luggage with a friend of his. This included all of my good ‘work’ clothes. I had to race down to Kensington High Street and ducked into the old faithful Marks and Spencer and buy some new clothes. I say old-faithful because, although I had never shopped there, it seems like I have since the countless British TV shows I watched growing up as a child frequently mention chain of stores.

After a mad dash back to the hostel and a quick shave and shower I ran to the tube and headed to Wimbledon Park station. I actually arrived at least 20 minutes late, but it did not seem to phase the panel, Denise and Karen. I guess I made the right impression and they offered me the job of Credit Controller for Manhattan Toy Europe.

With the interview over and a job secured for when I returned from Turkey, I was free to relax and enjoy the next 2 weeks travelling.

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Salisbury Again?

by CameronM Mon, September 22 2003 05:14

Breaking with tradition, we stay slightly longer than most other travellers at the hostel and begin to feel a little like unwanted dinner guests who just don't get the idea that you want to go to bed. I'm sure the hostel workers just didn't know what to do when we re-booked for yet another night - hadn't we already seen Stonehenge?

While not a huge tourist Mecca, Salisbury does have a few sights of its own, including a Cathedral and surrounding buildings. The Cathedral is impressive and the attached museum contains one of the few surviving copies of the Magna Carta and several pieces of royal correspondence from numerous monarchs over several hundreds of years.

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Walking to Stonehenge

by CameronM Sun, September 21 2003 05:03

After too many lazy days on buses and in London, I decided to walk the 4 hours between Salisbury and Stonehenge. The weather for a change was overcast with showers, but we managed to keep dry and soon the skies cleared and we were able to enjoy the walk through the countryside.

I was just beginning to think that the walk wasn't a great idea, when just in time we walked over a small rise to see the ruins of Stonehenge lying before us. We sat under a tree in a field, resting and admiring the view from afar, before joining the hundreds of other tourists herded like sheep around the ruins. Don't expect to get any pictures of Stonehenge without at least 20 total strangers blocking your view. The place is packed.

After the obligatory walk around the ruins, where we are kept at a safe distance by a rope fence, we handed in our audio tour headphones and left with a slightly disappointed feeling. On the bus ride back to Salisbury, we talked to a local who says that the best time to see the stones is at night after the guards have gone, when it is possible to get up close and personal, as well as avoiding all the tourists.

Don't expect to get too close to Stonehenge

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Salisbury by Night

by CameronM Sat, September 20 2003 07:26

Leaving London by bus accompanied by Tan, we were soon to discover how slow buses can be compared to other means of transport. Being a Saturday, the motorway was crowded and sluggish, while a boat show in Southampton caused massive traffic snarls. We arrived in Salisbury about 2 hours late and then set about locating the nearby YHA hostel, which we had booked on hostelworld.com before leaving London. Book Hostels Online Now

Salisbury is not too hard to find your way around so thankfully we were able to find the hostel, which was conveniently located half way up the only hill in town. For £14.90 a night, we got a bunk in a dorm room with about 12 other people.

Meeting up with some fellow travellers, we ventured out into Salisbury for a few drinks and immediately noticed the slower pace, quieter nightlife and fewer people. We were joined by Liz, a Canadian hospitality worker on a 2 week flying trip around the UK. Liz keeps us entertained with detailed descriptions of the ins and outs of ice hockey, a sport that seems to national obsession. Our fellow companion Dawn, though quieter spoken, demolishes all our preconceptions about people from Utah.

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