United Kingdom trip report

 

United Kingdom



The United Kingdom is an island nation that had the biggest ever empire in history. So big it was said the sun never sets on the British empire. Which explains why English is now the lingua franca. I flew with British Airways to London Heathrow, when flying with them always assume your luggage will go missing.

 

Bibury

Bibury is a very picturesque near the Cotswolds. In Arlington Row, you'll see rows of little country cottages.


 

London

With nearly 40% of Londoners born outside the UK, it's no surprise that London is known as the international multicultural capital of the world. The city is always buzzing and is peppered with green areas and parks. The museums are free and there are always cool events happening on a daily basis. But going there is bank breaking {it was recently crowned with the title of Highest priced cinemas in the world}. British people are good at many things: queuing, talking at length about the weather, eating biscuits, apologising for everything, pretending to like people they don't. Their pub & drinking culture leaves a lot to be desired. It's a badge of honour to get blind drunk and not remember what they did the night before.
The busiest area in London is Oxford Street, which is best avoided unless you can walk 25km/h. Also avoid the tube during rush hour unless you want your head in someone's armpit. Also, in London you're never more than a few meters away from a rat. I've lived in London for over 10 years. It's a great city on a warm summer day, though definitely not the same on a wet and windy winter's day.


 

Bath & Stonehenge

Bath is a nice heritage city with many green spaces and Georgian stone buildings. It was the setting of some popular English novels. A stone throw away from Bath {pardon the pun} is Stonehenge. A prehistoric monument, they are just a bunch of unimpressive rocks, which you can't even get close to and the area is overrun with tourist buses.


 

Brighton

Brighton is a seaside resort town that is about an hour train ride away from London. It has a beach but it's broad shingle not sand, and the pier is packed with amusement arcades. It's a popular place to eat fish & chips.


 

Falmouth

Falmouth is a picturesque harbour village on the coast of Cornwall. It's known for its deep natural harbour on an estuary, and beaches.


 

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital of Wales. Although it had a reputation of being an industrial city, it has seen huge development over the last decade and is now a lively and modern capital city, gaining popularity thanks to its history and Welsh culture.


 

Penzance & Newquay (Cornwall)

Cornwall is the county on England's rugged south-western tip. It forms a peninsula encompassing wild moorland and sandy beaches. It's home to many picturesque harbour villages such as Penzance, where we went deep sea fishing. The north coast is lined with towering cliffs and seaside resorts like Newquay, famous for surfing and nightlife.


 

Manchester

Once one of the industrial powerhouses of the UK until Margaret Thatcher destroyed its manufacturing history, Mancunians still know how to welcome people and have a good time. A great city with really friendly people and a fantastic accent.


 

Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a port city and naval base on the south coast. It's known for its maritime heritage and Historic Dockyard. It rains a lot in Portsmouth. I never had an opinion about other people's umbrellas until I went there.


 

Oxford

Oxford is a city in central southern England that revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. I felt smarter just visiting it. Interestingly, the top performing students at Oxford University are the Indians and Chinese, with the British much further below the rankings.


 

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