Wednesday, November 03, 2004

England Trip Notes - 10/12/2004

Our crippled rental car prohibited us from travelling far today, so we spent the day at the resort, awaiting the repair from the rental company. It was a very dreary, gray, and rainy day anyway. We took advantage of the time to do the laundry, rest, and plan an itinerary for the next few days.

The Kwik Fit Mobile truck arrived at 4:00 PM and replaced the tire on the car, after which we took one brief trek into Oakham to visit the Lands End Factory Outlet store. This was a little disappointing because it was quite small. We were under the impression that it was a factory and some sort of headquarters for the company, but in reality, it is only a distribution center, primarily for womens' clothing. We met a very friendly English woman there who explained that only a subset of Lands End goods is sold in Europe.

We ate in today. Beth made a breakfast of eggs, cheese, and sausage, all purchased from the local CO-OP, and then we had a dinner of cheeseburgers on malted baps (buns), baked beans, and ice cream for desert. All this food tasted basically the same as in the states, with maybe a little less spice. Food, while delicious, does seem to be slightly on the bland side here.

Plans tomorrow call for Stratford-upon-Avon again, and the Cotswolds. We are leaving at 7:00 AM to try and get a jump on the traffic and the day.

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