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Wales at Last

Wales at Last

WHAT. A. DAY[s].

Yesterday I mentioned Laura's jedi computer skills, getting us tickets to Dublin via Wales in the best possible manner to suit both our scavenges and time table.

And today I royally messed up all of her hard work.

I had two sets of itineraries: the first was to Isle of Man, which we realized wouldn't work because of the infrequent ferry schedule; the second was the correct one.

Guess which one I looked at when we boarded all of our trains yesterday?

I took us three hours out of our way north, to Lancaster, instead of west, to Holyhead. The result was that in order to complete our challenge in Wales, we couldn't take the scheduled 5:15pm ferry. We needed to catch the next ferry--which departed at 2:40am. 

(I'm on the ferry now, in case you're curious. It's the first time I've had wifi in the last 12 hours).

The only thing that saved me from crying was the fact we'd bought three beers (one cider) to do a Taste Test challenge, and when we sat down on the train to go back in the direction we'd just come from, we happened to sit next to Jill and Ian.

They are the coolest!! They were completely supportive of our multi-beer endeavors, and they were so interested in The Global Scavenger Hunt that they donated money for our charities right on the spot. They asked us questions; they looked up information for us when we explained we couldn't use the internet to do research; they gave us advice for Wales and were two of the most amazing people we've met on this journey.

THANK YOU JILL AND IAN.

These two are the coolest. More about them in my fushilou blog (forthcoming)

These two are the coolest. More about them in my fushilou blog (forthcoming)

And two great things happened in Wales (aside from general awe at the beauty of the country and how small and quaint the Holyhead community is):

1. Sunset picnic

the sunset, as well as a ghost's green orb.

the sunset, as well as a ghost's green orb.

2. Mark jumped in the sea for 150 bonus points. 

IT. WAS. AMAZING.

I was squealing on Mark's behalf.

I was squealing on Mark's behalf.

And this is the kind of town where the taxi driver not only took us to the only beach where we could do this, but he also took photos of Mark while I video'd. 

Thankfully, we continue to be buoyed by the kindness of the people we meet.

Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard

Cambridge

Cambridge