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Arrived In England And It’s All Wight

I’ll knock on wood quickly here so that I don’t jinx us because as far as overseas travel goes we were pretty darn lucky to have everything come together without even the slightest hiccup. We arrived in London Gatwick at 6:30am on Sunday, June 19th, grabbed our bags and hoped on the National Express Bus to Southampton (where the Titanic sailed from).

After a little touring and a quick, cheap lunch of bacon and tomato sandwiches at a student pub (we realized quickly just how expensive the UK is) we took the ferry over to the Isle of Wight to visit with my Uncle Rob, Aunt Jennie and my 5 year old cousin Sophie for our first 3 days in the UK. They have a gorgeous home right by the sea with a fabulous view from their roof top patio. Yes, our first backpacker accommodations were pretty pristine!

Sophie promised us on Skype a few days earlier that she would entertain us with lots of stories and show us all of the toys in her room. She has been quite the little host and we’ve had a blast spending time with her before and after school!

On our first full day on the Isle of Wight, after a much needed sleep (we calculated that when we finally went to bed on Sunday night we had slept 8 hours in the last 55), we explored a number of the little towns on the island. We started with a trip to Newport, then traveled on to visit the castle in Yarmouth and finished with a tour of The Needles outside of Alum Bay. The Needles are crazy rock structures that jut out of the island and were once used as a practice launch for rocket ships. On the way home we visited Warren’s Farm because I was curious about what “cream tea” was. I can now report that cream tea is a serving of scones with clotted cream & jam served with tea, lovely!








On our second day, despite the wind and rain, we rented bikes and rode the 15 mile cyclist path across the island from Cowes to Sandown.The cyclist path was absolutely beautiful-tucked away into farmers fields and thick forested areas in the middle of the island.
For most of the ride we were on our own entirely, with just a few horse, cow and sheep giving us a nod as we passed by.

Initially, our intention was to make it to the vineyard in Sandown and do what we do best-sample wine. But when we arrived we were exhausted and decided instead to tour around the little town and enjoy a drizzly afternoon in a grubby pub playing crib and sampling England’s finest brews-Holy Joe for Skott and a shandy for me. Sandown looked like a posh British holiday getaway that has been sort of washed over with time by the salt of the sea. I think it would have been very glamorous in it’s heyday but these days it’s a little sleepier.

We decided to drop off our bikes at the cycle rental in Sandown and bus it back to Gurnard in order to save some time (admittedly after a couple of beer we were also far less eager to bike 15 miles home). We found the transportation here to be super easy to navigate…so easy in fact that Skott and I didn’t get lost once. I expect this will be a rarity as we progress into London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

For our last supper here on the Isle of Wight we dug into Britain’s famous fish and chips which were just as incredibly greasy as Uncle Rob promised and wonderfully delicious all at the same time. We’ve had a wonderful time visiting Rob, Jennie and Sophie on the Isle of Wight! Tomorrow we head to London which will be an extreme change of pace from our laid back little island spot here.

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15 Responses to “Arrived In England And It’s All Wight”

  1. Candice June 22, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    I am loving the first update! Can’t wait for more. <3

  2. Mike Lenzen | Traveled Earth June 22, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Love the title.

    • Skott June 27, 2011 at 12:12 am #

      Never thought we were that clever, did you Mike!? :)

  3. Jaime June 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Oh man so glad y’all are on the road now!!! Looks like yall had a great few days. Cheers to that & many more y’all have ahead of y’all!!!

  4. Sanny June 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I’d really recommend you pop into York on your way up north. Lovely city.

    • Skott June 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks for the advice Sanny! Unfortunately we will simply run out of time…we are headed to Scotland tomorrow…York will have to wait until next time. What do you recommend seeing there?

      • Sanny June 27, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

        You guys travel FAST!

        In summer, the city is just lovely. There’s boat trips and just walking around the city is lots of fun. It’s a nice mix of traditional and modern. The architecture is gorgeous. The atmosphere is alive.

        During winter/darker months, I’d recommend you go on the Ghost walk at night. It’s hilarious and spooky when it’s dark.

        Oh, and there’s a great restaurant/bar called Evil Eye I’d recommend you go to.

        I don’t live there but I’ve been a handful of times and it’s one of my favourite cities in England.

        • Skott June 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

          We hope to slow things down a bit in the next little bit, but Europe is more on the expensive side, and we are definitely waiting to get to a country where are dollar is worth a little more. As brief as it was, we did have an amazing time in London!! (blog post coming soon!!!)

  5. al and danette June 22, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    sounds incredible; keep us updated.

    • Skott June 26, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

      Wouldn’t have it any other way – thanks for saying hi you guys – we appreciate it!

  6. jackie (mom) June 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    are you guys still at emilys. I keep checking skype but you are never on your computor.

    • Shawna June 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm #

      We are still at Emily’s. We have a whole day with her tomorrow and then we bus to Glasgow tomorrow night : ) Maybe we’ll catch you tonight!

  7. Kim and Tam June 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Love your site, love your updates !!! We will travel with you through your updates !!! Folk Fest wont be the same but cant wait until we see you again to hear in person your amazing adventures !!!
    Kim and Tam

    • Skott June 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm #

      Hey gals – thank you SO much. We will absolutely miss WFF this year, but hopefully we can find a few music festivals which will help take its place, even temporarily… Have an awesome summer!


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