Alternative forms of transit

Vagabond Tim
Realizing that the cost of flying was far greater than I wanted to pay simply to cross the small bit of water between Ireland and England I opted for the Sail and Rail option. Basically one boards an enormous ferry equipped with a bar serving terrible and overpriced beer and a restaurant of sorts with toast and an upsetting lack of Yorkshire relish. However it is still an enormous boat which was wonderful to explore and stare at the water from.

The train was amazingly comfortable despite the absence of a food and drink car, luckily I was still quite happily smashed from the liquid posing as beer found upon the boat. In all the trip was a few hours longer than a plane would have been, but far more relaxing and scenic.

When we finally arrived in London’s Euston (Pronounced closer to Houston than it would seem) station we began deciphering the London underground map in an attempt to locate our hostel. I did not realize it at the time but purchasing an Oyster Card is an absolutely brilliant plan. It not only makes the underground and overground far simpler, in that one need not purchase tickets each and every time, but drastically reduces the cost per trip.

When we stopped at a Starbucks to abuse the free Wi-Fi I learned that being overpriced and not particularly good was a universal fact of the franchise. The most alarming thing was that upon finishing my coffee I realized that either they had written my name wrong or I had somehow stolen a coffee intended for someone else.

I love boats

Not specifically the vessel I was on, but it was hard to get a picture of our boat without going overboard.

Holyhead station is exceptionally british but lacks a 9 & 1/2 platform

Holyhead station is exceptionally British but lacks a 9 & 1/2 platform

Somewhere is a man named Tom wondering what happened to his coffee

Somewhere is a man named Tom wondering what happened to his coffee

Possibly the best part of London

Possibly the best part of London

One Comment

  1. Sandra
    July 15, 2013 at 06:42

    hehe awesome, poor Tom

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