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Leipzig to Bournemouth

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My first days in Bournemouth

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Every Thursday Barbecue

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Bluepool

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Dartmouth

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Bournemouth - Attractions

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Longleat House

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Bowling, Pool and Pubs

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On the Whisky-Trail

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Four weeks in Great Britain - Summer 1999

Language Course and Whiskey

This text describes my holidays in Great Britain 1999. I have been three weeks in Bournemouth and a few days in Scotland. In B'mourne I was attending a private English school and in Scotland I bought whiskey. Three weeks in B'mourne cannot be boring.
Let's start.

Leipzig to Bournemouth

It is a long way to Oostende, Belgum. Because I was alone it took me two days to get there. Oostende is quiet nice. It has lots of restaurants in all categories, lots of hotels and a nice towncentre. But it is difficult to find a room because the town is always overbooked and I didn't book anything in advance. I found a single room for 1300 BF. My traditional food on journeys to England are moussles. I ate a pot of them in the harbour for 515 BF including one Coke.

There are different ways to get to England. One is the catamaran ferry SeaCat. It is very fast and save. You will need just half the time as with a normal ferry boat. Because there are no lorries allowed the boarding is faster and safer. On the ferry you can eat and drink or stand on the platform. After 2 hours you are in Dover. Now Bournemouth is only 300km far from you. The trip there goes through Rye, Hastings, Eastbourne, Brighton, along Portsmouth and Southampton.

My first days in Bournemouth

My first day in the school started with a grammar and a listening test. After that we were put in differenct classes. So in this first week I met a lof of new people from different countries.

It is very good that all students are from different countries. I tried not to have friends from Germany because then it is obviously that you speak German with them. With the others you have to speak Englisch all the time and that is the only way to learn a language. In the lessons you learn grammar things and new vocabulary and in your sparetime you can practise and improve your skills.

Bournemouth is my favourite city in England. There are a lot of elderly people but enough young because it is a centre of English schools. So you can spend your spare with a lof of different things like going to cinema, to the pubs, to the casino or you can go dancing. Slinky is a very famous club.

Every Thursday Barbecue

Every Thursday the owner of the school makes a barbecue on the beach with saussages, cola, wine. It is an opportunity to meet the students from the other classes.

Bluepool

Bluepool is not far from Bournemouth. It is an excellent excursion for boring afternoons. The pool, a small lake, shimmers blue all the time, also when the sky is gray. It shimmers on its own in different blue shades. This depends on the position from where you look. I have nowhere found why it shimmers so blue. Unfortunately it is not allowed to swim in it because it is very dangerous. This causes on its depth of over 40 m and its rocks.

Dartmouth

Dartmouth is one of the most beautiful cities in Britain. The town is situated on the land site of the mouth of the river Dart. On the western part is the town centre with its famous Butterwalk. To the eastern part you can only get by two ferries which don't work by night. When you are in Dartmouth I can really recommend to eat fish especially sole. It is delicious.

Bournemouth - Attractions

One of the best attractions is the flight in the balloon over city. It hangs on a strong rope and goes up to 100m up in the sky. You have a lovely view over the town. In the summer time every Wednesday is Candle-Light-Night in the Central Parc. There are 15.000 candle shining. Unfortunately I have never been there. Also in the summer time there is a firework from the pier. The reflections in the sea are beautiful. When I watched to it it was the first the the made a syncronous firework from Bournemouth pier and from Boscombe pier.

Longleat House

Just around 100 km in the north is Longleat House. There is a museum, a fun-fair and a safari park. If you like fishing you can do this there too. On the way there you can drive through Salisbury. Make a stop there and visit the big cathedral with the tallest tower of England.

Bowling, Pool and Pubs

You like fun sports in the evening? Then go bowling! In the town centre is a big bowling centre with 30 lines, UV-light and music.

You like fun sports in the evening? Then play pool! Near the bowling centre there is a big pool cellar. But is very expensive and you must become a member of the club.

In Bournemouth and Southbourne and in the whole country there are everywhere pubs. We had of cause our favourite one "The Grange Hotel" and the "Family Pub" and some others. Some make karaoke parties, in some others plays a band or all people are watching an important football game on the big screens.

On the Whisky-Trail

In Scotland is a very little town called Crieff. Almost nobody knows it but there is a the oldest Scottish whiskey distillery and the whiskey and the unique whiskey liqueur really taste very well. Scotland looks totally different than England. Instead of high hedges there are medium high stone walls. So you can enjoy all the lovely landscape. From a mountain next to the Ben Nevis you have beautiful views to the Lochs around. On the roads is almost no traffic that it is possible to drive fast.

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