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.