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The blog is back online after some trouble. Check it out, there are a few entries everyone may not have seen.

South By Sea and the Isle of Wright: The Real England, Part 1

The south of England and Portsmouth are absolutely beautiful. It’s how I had always pictured England. It’s amazing that it’s December 7th and the grass is still as green as it would be in July.

Today I had a walk around Portsmouth. What a busy place. Lots of people out doing their Christmas shopping. There are lots of signs of the Christmas season, including a Salvation Army band playing in the square. It really puts you in the mood for the holiday season.

I will post videos once my phone syncs to iCloud.

They also have traditional butcher shops over there. This is truly England. The big corporations haven’t taken over completely yet, thankfully.

I also went over to the Isle of Wright (they say it as “white”) today, by way of a hovercraft. That was pretty neat and took only 10 minutes. There was a lot to see over there but I only spent a few hours. I mainly just had something to eat and then walked around the shopping area and came back.

I had to change hotels tonight and I wanted to get back so I could get to it in daylight and see the area before it got too dark. Turns out I’m in the middle of nowhere.

I’m heading back to London tomorrow so I’ll be able to post some more pictures then.

Hello London

Well, exams are over and I have exactly one week until I go home. I’m currently in London for just a few hours before I head to South By Sea, on the south coast of England. If anyone has seen the episode of Mr. Bean where he goes on vacation (it’s called “Mr. Bean in Room 426”), that’s the hotel I’m staying at tonight. £60 for the night, which I thought was pretty good–must be low season.

This was the hotel:
(picture coming soon)

Not very many signs of Christmas from what I can see in London yet. Not overly surprised, as the area I am in is full of shops. This was the only sign I saw of Christmas when I was in London yesterday.

I spent most of the day in London and had lunch at a pub around Edgware Road called the Green Man. They have the best burgers ever! I highly recommend.

I arrived at South By Sea in the dark, at 05:00 in the day. Very weird for it to be dark so soon.

Next entry will be entirely on South By Sea.

Coming soon:

A summary of the term of field trips that we went on during our Wednesday trips; also a more in-depth summary of our three main trips to Paris, Edinburgh and Brussels.

A three part series called “A Look at the Real England.”