Caves, Trains, and Automobiles

Since I find myself again stuck in the cave-like environs of the deaf services office at the hospital, I’ve been busying myself today with planning my part of the trip to the UK in the fall with my sister and her husband. Today’s mission was to get down a bare-bones itinerary and do some preliminary checking on transportation costs.

Holy geeeeeezominey, these trains better sprout wings and fly for how much you have to pay to ride one! I’ve been looking today specifically at train travel between London and Edinburgh, as I didn’t get enough time in the Scottish city when we were there in 1995. So far I’ve found a round trip ticket from London to Edinburgh for $217. I’m really wondering if there isn’t a cheaper way? $217 to ride for four hours after just having gotten out of a plane where I’ve been for about seven hours…a train that stops about 10 times between London and Edinburgh…

I’ve managed to whittle down my list of things I want to see from EVERYTHING to the following: Edinburgh, London Touristy Stuff, Canterbury, Stonehenge, and Glastonbury. I don’t think that’s too much to ask? I’d love to see Wales and Ireland since I’ve never been to either, but that can be a later vacation I think. Now I just have to figure out the money to be able to do all that I want to do and not be so broke that I’m resigned to sitting in the self catering apartment/house/thingy where we are staying and watching Channel Four because I’ve run out of money.

BritRail Point to Point, London to Edinburgh R/T: $217
Self Catering Apartment for a week: $200 (my share)
Chance to return to the land of my ancestors: Absolutely Priceless.

Oh, if only I knew British Sign Language I’d never come back to the US…