Winter in the UK and Ireland! What were we thinking??
It was magical! Viewing a country from the perspective of a local
and not just as a tourist. The crowds were certainly less and
the scenery, well, different from the usual postcards.
Our wardrobe had been dictated by "Norway and
Poland in February" - so we did dress warmly. Our only really
stressful time was when the coach dropped us off at the (CLOSED)
Liverpool bus station at 3:00am on a VERY cold January morning.
We had expected an uncomfortable few hours in a sterile, but warm,
bus station - but didn't expect to be outside an abandoned building
in the middle of nowhere! We scoured the rubbish bins for some
newspapers to sit on until we waited for the station to open around
Sometimes you have quite unique memories of places.
For Ireland it was dirty cars! I hope nobody is offended but when
the weather is that wet, people obviously don't have the opportunity
to wash cars - and if it is anything like Oz, they risk causing
more rain if they do wash the car!! I don't think we saw an occupied
building "in need of TLC". Everywhere seemed to have
recently had a fresh coat of paint and a bit of renovation. I
was assured this was a recent phenomenon due to the raised standard
When I was in London before I never noticed the
narrowness of the roads. Perhaps with so many houses converted
to flats and the need to park on the streets you became more aware
of the narrowness. The Tube was just fabulous - even better than
New York (which is also fabulous). With the countryside, it was
the softness and gentleness. No harsh colours or dramatic peaks.
Who could go past the hoare frosts that greeted
us every morning in Scotland!