Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Send me a postcard: From "Zomerzet"

Well, I've been in England now for a week and a half.  Most of that time has been spent in the counties of Somerset and North Somerset where, as I'm told, the accent makes "s" sound more like "z" (although I haven't heard much of that).

It's a beautiful area with rolling terrain that is beginning to green again as spring comes once again.  Around placement, I have had the opportunity to explore more of the countryside as well as to travel to a few larger cities.  I've seen bits of Bristol which is a lovely city.  There are many beautiful buildings and views.  I also had the opportunity to see Birmingham which is a bit of a wonder.  While there are many older, stone buildings in Birmingham, they are juxtaposed next to newer pieces of architecture.  It's quite an interesting walk down some of the streets.

Sample of a geocache
Sample Geocache
One of the coolest things that I got to do so far is geocaching.  If you don't know what geocaching is, you can find out loads more here.  In short, it's a worldwide scavenger hunt with clues to all sorts of hidden caches online.  Scavenger hunts are one of my favourite activities and I'd been meaning to do some geocaching since I learned more about it in December, but things have been so busy.

To think that my first geocaching experience would be in another country!
One of the geocaches we found with its contents
Opened geocache

There were six of us and we went to Brean Down.  It was a gorgeous day.  The sun had come out and was shining brightly as we made our way along the beach.  The tide was out really far.  A couple of people drove their cars onto the beach and parked up along the back edge.  The Down itself is cool to see.  It's got character bumps, you could say.  When we at last got to the top of the Down, you could see for miles!  It was so stunning!

I can't wait to see where I'll be next!
View of the Down from the beach
View of the Down from the beach
View of the beach from the top of Brean Down
View of the beach from the top of Brean Down

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