welp – we made it safe and sound to england 🙂 we’ve been here less than 24 hours and you’ll all be relieved to know that luis and i already have british accents.
our hotel is about 30 miles from london in the middle of NOWHERE. i really mean it when i say the closest restaurant, cafe, shop, gas station, stoplight, etc is over 2 miles away. we are literally in the english countryside with forest and trees and fields surrounding us. but our hotel is VERY cute and charming. it’s actually a hilton, which is super random..too bad all hiltons aren’t this cute!
our hotel, Hilton St. Anne’s Manor (website photos):
too bad all the grass and trees are dead and covered in ice – but even still it’s a very cute hotel!
last night we made the 2+ mile trek into wokingham – the closest town to our hotel. wokingham is really cute and looks like hogsmeade village in harry potter – lots of narrow, cobblestone paths and alley ways and old buildings and taverns. we had the BEST indian food of our lives at a small indian buffet restaurant and then got some english beers at the local pub. we watched highlights from a cricket game (such an intense game!) and marveled at the fact that there was a condom dispenser in the women’s bathroom…love it.
right now the time difference is killing me – i want so badly to go to sleep but it’s noon here!
i am going to explore some more of wokingham today and take lots of pictures and pretend i’m a wizard. i’m also going to try and survive this freezing weather by wearing all 6 scarves that i brought. ugh i’m such a california girl…
some more highlights of the past 24 hours:
-they served us marmite at breakfast (if you don’t know what this is, consider yourself lucky)
-there are elton john tribute bands everywhere
-our cabbie asked us about the govenator
-shortbread was waiting for us in the hotel room
-$25 burgers and $6 water bottles…oh wait…not a highlight
-they call sandwiches “breads with filling” – weird?!
off to explore/try to stay awake/keep from freezing in the town of wokingham! photos coming soon!