Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen

Our first four nights in the UK were spent in a lovely apartment with high tech everything.  I had to use a manual to learn how to work the stove.  The refrig, dishwasher, and washer/dryer were hidden behind those lovely kitchen cabinets.

The shower was SO high tech, that after experiencing scalding of the flesh and uncontrollable water squirting in all directions all over the bathroom floor, The Reverend got online to look up the shower maker, then he drew a diagram for us to follow to reduce the frustration of showering.  Here is the diagram:

We are currently staying in the worst hotel we have ever endured.  It is over 600 years old and looks as if no renovations have taken place except in the downstairs restaurant and pub.  This is very deceiving.  When one decides to stay here, one knows not the hideousness of the upper floors, and the cost is more than the high tech apartment!  Alas, we had no other choice, other than sleeping in the train station, since the other hotel in town was fully booked.  How I long for the days of manuals and diagrams. Now, we have no in room phones or clocks, the toilets sound like jackhammers (and not just when flushed, but at unexpected times out of the blue as I found out the hard way upon my first sitting), the doorways are so low that The Reverend and Tater Tot’s foreheads have taken a beating, the bath towels are always damp (Do they NOT have an adequate dryer?!) and the worst thing of all is that ALL the floors tilt.  When I say all, I mean ALL.  Taylor put a water bottle against a wall, and the bottle rolled down to the bed.  It’s like staying in some kind of carnival fun house.  If you think I am exaggerating, just look at how much the floor lamp tilts.

If I sound like I’m complaining, I’m not.  We’ve laughed our fool heads off, and all of this is making our trip memorable.  The only thing terribly missing is that we don’t have our Courty Ree with us, since she is at school. I did one touristy thing so far:  I toured St. Alban’s Cathedral. Taylor’s band, *Crown *Jewel *Defense, has kept us busy, and I will write more about *CJD in a later post. For now, I will leave you with an image from the glorious cathedral.

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Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Oh, Jamie Dawn, I hate that for you! I can’t believe how badly that lamp lists. Too bad you couldn’t stay in the manual and instructions apt. the whole time. Glad to know you’re having fun in spite of it.

  2. I guess you are NOT in London if there are only two Hotels…! Heavens! Well, at least you haven’t lost your sense of humor, my dear…Where are you, exactly??
    And what is it you and the Reverend are doing re: “The Band”?
    I look forward to more from the UK!

  3. Only you would get to stay in a fun house JD! Haha!! I can only imagine you on the toilet when it started making the jackhammer noises!!! It would have been priceless to have seen your face then!!

    Looking forward to hearing more about your trip! Are you losing your Souther accent for a British one?

  4. Jamie I can just see you all laughing so much about where your living. But just thing about all the stories you can make out of this……..LOL Take care and can’t wait for the next update.

  5. Sounds like you are touring various centuries from the 21st century to 600 years ago. Love the Rev’s instruction diagram. Why do men love drawing details? Keep on keeping on. It’s good to stay posted on your experiences.

  6. Sounds like you booked into “Fawlty Towers” if you are not familiar with this do try to look at a DVD of this John Cleese show it really is excellent and will suit your sense of humor.


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