Friday, May 24, 2013

Europe Trip- Part Three


Scotland in one word is just beautiful. I loved it. We rented a cute bright red ford to take with us. The ride from Doncaster to Dumbfries was about 5 hours. We stopped in Yorkshire to eat lunch and then we took a long waterfall hike in this place called Ingleton. The first part of the hike was one mile of rocky foresty land. Then we walked up farmlands for three miles. We saw all sorts of sheep and cows everywhere and you had to be careful not to provoke them. The last two miles were the same rocky forest land as was in the beginning. There were these wooden structures with money stuck in them littered around the area. After walking we were all muddy and tired so we went to our friends, Joshua and Ananya's house. Their mom is my mom's cousin so they invited us to stay the night. We stayed up all night playing monopoly and jumping on the trampoline. Finally they went to sleep because they had school the next day. We left around 10 the next morning. We stopped at this cute place called Lake District where there are a bunch of connected lakes. Because we were pressed for time we just fed some ducks and went to a cute cafe where I got hot chocolate, Kiren got ice cream, mom got a latte, Neil got hot chocolate and my dad got tea. Then we drove back home to our cousin's home in Doncaster.

Sheep in the mountains

View from the mountain

Miss Model

Neil's meal at the cafe.

Neil feeding ducks in the Lake District

After we got home from Scotland we had to pack up and leave in an hour. We went to my grandpa Matthew's house. We ate dinner there and then the next morning we ate nutella and toast and jam and jelly and eggs and sausages. Then we drove to London. We had to drop off the car because it was a rental. After that we went to the train station to buy subway tickets. We took the subway, then a double Decker bus and then the subway again. Next we visited Buckingham Palace and walked through Kensington Gardens. Then we took the subway to 10 Downing Street and Big Ben. Then we took the subway to the London Eye and saw the Royal Stables. During the changing of the guards we met theses guys making a video dancing to some random k-pop song and he looked just like PSY from Gangnam Style. We took a picture with him. Afterwords we visited the Tower Bridge and Saint Paul's Cathedral. By then it was really late so we went back to our hotel. The next morning after mass we took the Eurostar, a train that goes underwater, to Paris.

The cousins on the bus

Red telephone box

Big Ben

Cousins <3

St. Pauls Cathedral

My favorite!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Europe Trip- Part Two

So we did practically nothing Monday. 

Yup. 4,000 miles away from home and mom and dad decide to take a 'lazy day'

After relaxing until 6, we went out for dinner to celebrate my cousin Sheryl's birthday. We were going to go to the mall, but all the malls here close at 6. We went to this amazing restaurant called Cosmo. They had food from 9 different countries like China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Mongolia, Singapore, Vietnam, Britian and India. The also had an amazing dessert bar! We made chocolate chip ice cream with the vanilla ice cream and chocolate from the chocolate fountain.

The next day (Tuesday) we went to a cute little town called Matlock we saw all sorts of things on the way there like cows and goats. When we got to Matlock we took a cable car to the top of the mountain. Then we took a tour into the caves. Later we ate at a restaurant and saw horses. We met a peacock named Kevin and a peahen. Afterwards we went to Balsover Castle. After coming home we went to the local grocery store, Tesco to buy groceries and candy and stuff. I bought Cadbury chocolates filled with Oreo cream and topped with Oreo crumbs. I also bought Harbiro candies.

Wednesday we went shopping because Trishali, Sheryl and Jonathan (my cousins) had school so we didn't have anyone to play with or talk to. We bought 4 bags of chocolates and candy and then we went shopping. I ate tea and crumpets for breakfast. Crumpets taste really good, kind of like a sweeter version of an English muffin. I ate it with butter and a bit of Nutella. Then for lunch I had fish and chips. I don't eat seafood, but the fried batter tasted really good. The chips (fries) tasted good with the gravy too. 

Right now we're all getting ready for Trishali's violin concert. We are staying at their house in Doncaster, England, about 3 hours South from London. Tomorrow we're going to Scotland. Friday night and Saturday we'll be in London. From London we'll be taking an underwater train to Paris. After spending a day in Paris we'll drive to Frankfurt au Main, and we might stop by Italy for a few hours on our way. All other plans are still tentative. 
The chocolate fountain at Cosmo

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

The kids at Matlock

Climbing up to see the horses in Matlock

Horses in Matlock

Matlock Train Station

Cable cars in Matlock

The view from the cable cars.

Castle in Matlock

Kevin the peacock

Walking through the caves

Bolsover Castle

Crumpets. Five stars!