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Off for Another Creighz Adventure!

A Tale of Two Cities (More Like Ten Cities)

So here we go again. As I sit in my comfy recliner, watching the Blazers pre-season games, sipping on a fine Kentucky bourbon- I can’t help but wonder why in the hell we want to once again push our minds and bodies out into the brash fall and early winter filled with strange people and nameless destinations. What’s wrong with us? Why not relax and enjoy a warm fire on the hearth....hot soup and homemade bread and the cozy comforts of fall in Corvallis?
Travel is the cocaine of life...an addiction that needs to be fed, an itch that needs regular scratching. Quoting Mark Twain...“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” I also roll with John Cage’s attitude of not being scared of new ideas, but rather being stuck with old ideas.
So this time it’s the wild and woolly United Kingdom we are setting out to conquer. Though we have spent a few days (as well as a few $) in London, we have much to see and learn. Both Cathy and I have Scotch, English and Irish ancestors so one never knows when you might be sipping a stout in Cork or Edinburgh and run into long lost Uncle Raleigh over bangers and mash.
So the journey goes like this...
Fly PDX to NYC for 3 days of food debaucherie, then a 7 night Transatlantic crossing in the Queen Mary 2 to Southampton. Rent a car, spend four days exploring pubs and sheep’s paths in the Cotswolds, visiting Oxford and York, before heading to Edinburgh for more castles, cathedrals, pubs and some official Scotch tastings. After four days of kilts and bagpipes, we fly to Dublin, hire a car and see as much of the island as we can in eleven days.
We are bringing appetites for food and adventure, an open mind and an umbrella. Hoping for lots of the former and less of the later. Note that we are trying to go offline cold turkey while we are on the ship. Unplug and unwind. So if you don’t see any blog entries between now and when the ship lands (October 25), don’t assume we are in a real life Poseidon disaster.
Iceberg Ahead!
Here are some of the places we plan on adding to out travel repertoire.

Posted by Catnchas 10:37 Archived in United Kingdom

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