Monday, May 30, 2011

Liverpool

  • I walked into the Beatles Story museum and went straight to the Starbucks inside to eat lunch.  After I ate, I opened my backpack which was on the ground and took a sip of water from a long tube that was connected to a plastic three liter sack inside the pack.  I then decided to get coffee.  While in line I was approached by a man and a woman in suits.  The following conversation ensued:
    Woman: Do you speak English?
    Me: Yes.
    Woman: What were you doing with that pipe in your backpack over there?
    Me: Drinking water.
    Woman: Okay…
    Me: Would you like to see it?
    Woman: … yes.  Let’s go over to the side here.  You see it’s illegal to smoke inside in the UK and this being the Beatles Museum.
    I opened my bag, showed them the sack and then they kind of looked surprised.
    Can you imagine?
    Interestingly enough, five minutes later the fire alarm went off and the whole building was evacuated.
  • There was a pretty big football (the sport where the foot is used a lot) game on and I had just arrived at the hostel.  I made a grilled cheese sandwich and sat down in the common room which had about twenty people in it drinking and watching one TV.  There was a girl there that didn’t appear to be that interested in the game about to come on and I started talking with her.  She had just begun her long European backpacking adventure that day.  She asked me a question about how my trip got started and I answered, “I feel like I need a beer…do you want to come get a beer with me?”  Twenty minutes later we were drinking cider in a park (which at the time I thought was legal).  Ten minutes later I was in the process of answering her earlier question and she said, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I really have to pee.”  I said, “Well, you’re in luck because I am a public urination expert.”  Instructions were given and followed.  De nada. 
  • I had some of my best conversations of the trip so far in Liverpool.  Best night out of the trip so far was a laid back Friday evening in one of the oldest bars in Liverpool with an Indian and an Italian.  At one point we were discussing food and the Indian told us about the first time he had steak a couple years ago.  The Italian said, “I wish I could have steak for the first time again.”  I concurred.
  • Alcohol has been forcing its way into my budget.
  • One morning I was eating breakfast and witnessed a girl speaking angry German at a toaster that wasn’t performing to her standards.  It was a scary thing to witness.
  • So far in Great Britain I have come across “Southern Fried Chicken”, a “Cajun Chicken Burger”, and “Creole Soup.”  The word is out.
  • I think the best way to be disappointed on a trip to the UK is to expect good weather on any day.
  • I met a guy who was originally from Liverpool and was traveling around Europe looking for places to live for a few months before moving on.  He was probably around fifty or sixty.  I think he’s the first person of that age I have randomly met that was genuinely interesting in me and my travels.
  • I want to slow down, but haven’t been able to make myself yet.
  • Next up: Scotland.

Bold Street with Cathedral in background

Near Albert Dock

Notice elderly people crossing sign

John Lennon Peace Monument

Buildings around Albert Dock

Path along river leading to Liverpool Bay

Notice Liverpool "summer" clothing

Replica of Cavern pub where Beatles used to play.  Also location of first gathering of Girls Gone $%@ crazy.



Big Important Building

Cathedral that got bombed during WWII



In Liverpool World Museum

On bus from Cardiff to Liverpool

Apparently Liverpool has one of oldest China towns in Europe.


This Cathedral is huge.

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