Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What do we do in Brighton?

Our kids have asked what we do when we are in Brighton and it was rather hard to answer. What we do is hang out, which is kind of unspecific. So I am going to try to record our activities. We arrived Monday and, having traversed the sofa in the hall, we entered our apartment and just looked around to see what, if anything had happened in our absence. Not much, apart from the sofa in the hall, so we were pleased. We unpacked and made a cup of tea, using the ultra pasturized milk we had left the last time just so we could make this first cup of tea. Then we napped for a couple of hours. Cranky got up before me because the upstairs neighbor knocked on our door to try to explain the sofa. When I got up we walked about a mile to a little grocery store (there were many that were closer, but this one was new and we were curious and needed exercise) and then walked home again to make lunch. It was probably 3 by the time we ate lunch, but jet lag.... Then we took the bus downtown to buy a couple of things (a radio and some space bags - boring)

The COG made dinner and we sat in the living room and read until we both started to fall asleep at about 9 and we went to bed. I slept like a log that night but the COG had trouble sleeping.

Yesterday, we got up at about 8:30 am and made breakfast. We had only bought enough groceries to last us through breakfast, so, after breakfast, we walked to a different, bigger grocery store about 3/4 of a mile in the opposite direction. Bought groceries and carried them home on foot. We could have taken the bus, but we like walking. In the afternoon, we took the bus into town and wandered around the North Laines - a kind of hippy district with lots of interesting shops in it. Then, we walked home again - another mile and a half or so. Went to bed after midnight and I couldn't sleep but the COG slept like a log. I finally fell asleep in the wee hours and slept till 10:30. I kind of regret that, but it's jet lag.

After breakfast hung around reading. I finished a mystery on my Kindle and then read the Guardian subscription the COG has this month on his Kindle. Lots of exciting juicy tidbits in the Phone Hacking scandal. Which I love reading about - it's a sort of victimless crime, unlike all the other depressing things in the news. But with people in high places about to get whats coming to them.

After lunch, we walked to Rottingdean and back (about 2 miles each way) on the UnderCliff Walk. It's an overcast day, but bright and warm enough to be comfortable in a short-sleeved top. It started to rain lightly on the way back, but we made it home with no damage.

Now we are at a pub - The George, about 2 blocks from our flat. Free wifi and expensive beer. This morning I made arrangements for us to have internet in the flat. Don't know how long it will take, but I hope we can arrange to have it done while we are here. In the meantime, I've had 1 1/2 pints of bitter and a packet of crisps, in addition to the wifi. So it's not an entirely wasted visit.

So, in summary, what we have done since we got here is ... not much. We've walked around and hung out.


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