My journey to Great Britain ~ June, 27th until August, 12th 2009
For those not knowing anything 'bout my trip to the UK - here's a short explanation:
I was travelling on my own through Great Britain for the time of seven weeks at all.
I started my journey in Harwich, drove up to Scotland, visited Edinburgh, the Orkney Islands,
the Highlands, the Isle of Skye and the coastal parts of Scotland.
Then I took the ferry from Stranraer to Belfast, drove down to the South of Ireland and took
the ferry back to Great Britain (Rosslare to Fishguard, Wales).
My next travel destination was the South of Wales, Devon and Cornwall.
Then I went upcountry to Wales again, along the westcoast to North Wales.
At least I set off to the North again, passed the Peak District and Lake District and
visited Scotland a second time.
I visited Glen Coe, the Outer Hebrides, Ullapool, Loch Ness and I've even seen a Mini
Tattoo Festival in Pitlochry.
Some facts about my journey:
I covered a distance of nearly 11500 km at all
46 days at all - 12 days in England, 1 day in Ireland, 8 days in Wales, 22 days in Scotland, 3 days in Brussels
I paid £ 448.90 and 372,59 for the ferries
My budget was 3500,00 - my expenses were nearly £ 3800.00
I've lost my money and I've lost my heart over there in beautiful Scotland.
There are so many different colours in the landscape...you're seeing a hundred kinds of green.
The nature, the landscape is just indescribable. Beautiful and amazing.
You're meeting so many wonderful people...
And you're seeing so many things...and even the best camera isn't good enough to keep this pictures and
to show everything you've seen there.
You feel like standing in a painting - and just the cool wind blowing around your head reminds you that
you're really there...
You've slept in your car one night and in the next morning an old man comes to your car and invites you
to drink a cup of tea.
You're driving through Glen Coe - and on a car park over there you'll find Jack, a real highlander, playing
his bagpipes. And you're standing there, listening to his music - the sound of the Scots - with your view on
mountains of the highlands...
You've met three Welsh on your ferry to Westray, Orkney - and three weeks later you find yourself
sitting on the table with one of them and his family, dining a mexican dinner.
You're at the "Mini Tattoo Festival" in Pitlochry with tears in your eyes while 180 men are playing
the bagpipes on a street parade...
But there are even very strange things...
You're driving through Sissinghurst, a very small place in Southengland, and there's another German car
almost crashing into your car - with the registration number "EN"...
(Short introduce for the Not-Germans: Cars in Germany with the registration number "EN" are from a
county called "Ennepe-Ruhr-County", next to Essen where I am from...and everybody there has won his drivers
licence in a lottery...you'll never meet anybody who drives well...they're always making the silliest mistakes
or they are slow or just stupid...you'll never meet anybody with number "EN" who's not driving like a drunk
monkey...and that's the truth! )
At least you're sitting in your car, passing over the Scottish border, driving back down to the South and
you're just crying as you have to leave Scotland...
Great Britain, especially Scotland and Wales, are amazing places...
It's really difficult to explain it...it's not just wonderful or gorgeous or stunning - it's more!
And there are no words adequate to describe what I've seen, what I've experienced and felt.
I have to thank you...thanks to all the wonderful people I've met on my journey!
There are the owners of the different B&Bs I stayed:
- thanks to Janet, Paul and Mark from Shiptonthorpe - "The Ship Inn" - (Mark with the greatest lasagne ever - it was
unfortunately too complicated to kidnap you and it would have been pretty difficult to feed you during the rest of my tour... )
- Mo and Brian from Warkworth - "Beck'n'Call"
- Shelley from Alness - "Tullochard Guest House"
- The owner from "Pomona B&B" in Kirkwall, Orkney
- Neil from St. Margarets Hope, Orkney - "Westend B&B"
- Angela from Duror, Argyll - "Tigh na Eilidh"
- Gloria and Rob from St. Davids - "Alandale Guest House"
- Edna and Mick from Bude - "Pencarrol"
- Eddy from Hay-on-Wye - with the dream house "Oxford Cottage" (and I really regret it that I havn't got £ 345.000 !)
- Venetia from Llwyngwril, Gwynedd - "Gwelfor Guest House"
- Gill and Mike from Betws-y-Coed - "Cyrau View"
- Val and Stuart from Thursby, Cumbria - "Woodlea B&B"
- Chris and Iain from Pitlochry - "Atholl Centre"
Different people I've met in different places:
- John and Sue from Australia and Susan
- Fran and Greg from Wisconsin, USA
- Anika and Stefan from Germany (met on the camping site in Edinburgh)
- Melissa and David from Golspie (Thanks for the nice noon!)
- My three Welsh - John, Arwel and Paul - and of course Andrea, Becky and Nathaly
- Ute and her children and parents from Sanday, Orkney - thank you for sharing your room with me in the B&B
- Tommy from Westray, Orkney (with the tea-invitation in the morning)
- The French backpacker I've picked up from Ullapool to Inverness - I'm sorry, I've forgotten your name
- Derek I've met in St. Davids who taught me some Welsh phrases
- Erwin from the Netherlands
- Razor from Currys Market in Bangor - thanks for your advice with the new camera
- Chris the truck driver I've met in Peak District Park
- Willie, Dave, Gregg, Janet, Tim and the other guys from Shiptonthorpe
- Kathrin from Thursby, Cumbria with dog Sophie
- Silke and Kathleen from Germany (met at the youth hostel Loch Lomond)
- Jack, a real Highlander, playing the backpipes on a car park in Glen Coe
- Caroline and Nick from Gloucestershire (met in the tea room in Oban)
- Callum from Calanais, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides
- Maira, the wonderful lady from the tourist information in Tarbert who booked my ferry from
Dover to Calais with her own credit card
- Trevon from "The Seaforth" in Ullapool who have shown me how to eat prawns...
- Brian from "Seascape Expeditions" in Ullapool - a great boat trip (I've seen seals!)
- Adrian and his family from Southengland, but living in Mφnchengladbach, Germany
- Gordon from the Glen Ord Distillery in Muir of Ord
- Marius from "Victoria's" in Pitlochry
- The Canadian bagpipers - Walter, Gerda, Alan, Elizabeth, Susie, Randall, Scott, Rose, Rich, Matt, John and all
the other guys - you were great!
- Griet and Paul I've met on the ferry from Dover to Calais who have shown me the way to Brussels - thank you!
At least some pets who reminded me that I've got three cats at home waiting for me:
- Ria from Shiptonthorpe
- Cal and Melly from Duror
- Lady from St. Davids
- Sundy from Thursby
- Bunny - the castle cat from Alnwick castle
- Morris from St. Davids
- Kitty - the castle cat from Goodrich Castle
- The guinea pigs from Becky and Nathaly and budgie Frodo
There's nobody who wasn't friendly (except the service in the tea room in Richmond) and I really enjoyed your company!
Of course I'm glad to be back at home with my cats and my family now...but I'm feeling incomplete...
...as though I've lost something...
My heart is in Scotland - and I hope it won't take long until I'll come back!