All entries for April 2005

April 22, 2005

Le Tour du Monde en 80 Jours?

create your own visited countries map

I thought my record would look a tad more impressive than that, but well…I just once more realized that Europe is such a tiny spot on the map! Instead of working on my essays, this map makes my mind wander off to faraway places… I can't quite make up my mind as to what would be on the top of my list if I was free to travel just anywhere (in terms of money and time), but I can definitely say I want to go and see these countries some time in the future (in no particular oder):
Norway, Iceland, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Nepal (not at the moment though, for obvious reasons…), India, Kenia, Brasil, Australia. I definitely could think of some more countries but I'll leave it to that for now. I also want to go back to some of the countries I have been to already but loved and would like to see more of, namely Canada and South Africa. I had better get a job which earns me loads of money but leaves me a lot of time for travelling as well (80 jours?), which surely won't be that difficult to find, will it…...???Please, someone confirm ;-)

April 12, 2005

Yorkshire Pudding and Scarborough Fair

I've just come back from a trip to Yorkshire. It wasn't the epic adventure I initially thought it to be because I started to panic about my essays (2 of them, due within the next weeks, 5000 words each) and went for three days only. But, although quite short, it was a great trip! York is very beautiful indeed. I am very impressed by Museum Gardens, St. Mary's Abbey, all the "Roman stuff", the ghost stories, the river pubs ("Biergarten" -atmosphere in April already), by all those students rowing on the Ouse, by the World War II section in the York Castle Museum (not really, that's an English thing again),by the very many little picturesque streets, AND by the lovely sunshine I happenend to have throughout, a rare sight indeed.

I enjoyed Scarborough very much, too. It was a lot like I expected it to be: Lovely views on the sea, especially from up the castle, and the inevitable English seafront, consisting mainly of places advertised in big flashing letters as "Casino", "Games", "Children's Fun Forest", and, least I forget, "Scarborough Bingo". It is an English thing really, unparalleled by the most appalling sea front of, say, Rimini. But hey, I loved Scarborough. Remember, the song…?

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
For once she was a true love of mine

Have her make me a cambric shirt
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Without no seam nor fine needle work
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Tell her to weave it in a sycamore wood lane
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
And gather it all with a basket of flowers
And then she'll be a true love of mine

Have her wash it in yonder dry well
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
where water ne'er sprung nor drop of rain fell
And then she'll be a true love of mine

More pictures in the gallery.

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