My favorite girls from York (Charlotte and Rachel) invited us all over to their place for a house party on Wednesday. We’d been trying to work this out for a few weeks! The trusty map wasn’t left at home-it goes with us everywhere. We get to the flat and notice…a birthday cake? It’s someone’s birthday?? YEP!! I felt SO BAD. It was their flat-mate’s birthday celebration and all these int’l folks showed up with no gifts, cards or money to give. Oh well…
All the non-natives hung out in the kitchen, where the food and beer was! 🙂 No drinks for me for one week ’til the medicine is finished.
Meanwhile, I checked the account statement today. I’m officially on a STRICT budget. My goodness. That doggone exchange rate is killing me. So, it’s PB&J with rice and beans for the remainder of my stay! I’ve got to cut costs to survive, starting with the £2.29 Tropicana orange juice I was buying every week. That’s $5! AAAAARRRGHHH!!
The last trip will be a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands next weekend with a Rabbies Trail Burners. I’m very, very excited about it. I understand that the highlands are incredibly beautiful and must be seen once in a lifetime (I kinda made that part up). I’ll be able to see the Isle of Sky, Glencoe, Loch Ness (and maybe the Loch Ness monster), Eilean Donan Castle and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.
Unfortunately, London is ridiculously expensive and I won’t be able to make it there while I’m here unless someone I know is coming and I can stay with them. Hostels there run £50/night ($100+) and many hotels exceed £400/night. That’s just not even an option for me.
Oh yeah, congrats to Al Gore (as if he reads my blog). That’s all for now.