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Time:12:13 pm
Okay. It's been 2 days without internet. Now I'm on a train to London Euston. This will take 2 hours, and I think I'm sitting in first class =P We shall see.

The stay in Wales was definitely fun, but spending a full day (especially a sunny one) stuck in trains is less than fun. Sure, looking out the windows is great, but I think I'd rather be walking on Snowdon. I figure there's more time for that.

Every time I travel, I just want to travel more. When in a foreign country, I keep wondering what I miss in my own. I know that the US is really huge, and has basically every climate somewhere, so traveling outside of it isn't necessary, but it's still fun.

Being in another English speaking country is kind of weird. The accents are a bit difficult to get used to, and I really need to pay attention to hear what people are saying. Since we're not really "foreign", the language barrier is just different. In Germany, people will speak more slowly and clearly, but not here (in either direction). I just find it somewhat noteworthy.

I really like looking out the window into the autumn hillsides. The turning trees are really pretty. The sheep dot the landscape between rows of trees and bushes. Houses don't look terribly different than those in the US. A little smaller overall, but the styles are mostly the same. The roofs are different in that they tend to use more roofing tiles rather than the sheets of tar and sand that we use.

It is still odd to see the cars on the wrong side (and trains). I'm not sure how drivers can tell which side to be on in multiple lane roads, since there seems to be no visible difference between directions (where we have yellow lines). I just look back and forth a few times before crossing roads.
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dennyd
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Time:2007-11-03 11:30 am (UTC)
You're legally allowed to cross any line that's dashed when you're driving, although there is a difference in the dash lengths that indicates how safe it's considered to do so:
 _   _   _   _   _   _  means it's probably fine to drive across the line here
__ __ __ __ __ __ means you might want to think twice before crossing this one

You're legally not allowed to break a solid line unless it's an emergency, i.e. to avoid someone who runs into the road in front of you, and even then you have to assess whether you're likely to cause a worse accident by crossing the line than by not crossing it - for instance, by ploughing into oncoming traffic.

So. In the absence of a solid line, there's technically nothing wrong with driving on the right-hand side of the road... in fact, when I did my advanced riding training, the police taught me to do exactly that when coming up to left-hand bends, so that I could see further through the bend as I approached it.

That said, if you get into an accident while driving on that side of the road, you're going to have to be able to really justify what you were doing over there, or it's going to automatically be considered your fault.
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ulfur_engil
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Time:2007-11-03 05:20 pm (UTC)
I could really go for a mushy pea cluster right now. Have you had one of those in a chip shop yet?
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antihope
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Time:2007-11-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I had mushy peas last night with "fish and chips" at the hotel bar/restaurant thing in an indudstrial wasteland suburb of London. Mushy peas are like canned pease imo... completely gross and unapetizing. I ate them since i Haven't had enough fruit or veggies in a while.. But seriosly.. eew. I want my veggies to have a crunchy/crisp substance. Only squashes should be shashable.
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