Friday, 22 April 2011

Derry and Durham

I am currently sitting on a train coming back from a two-day jaunt to Durham. Funny story, the train I bought a ticket on didn't come and I got on the next train without realising more than one company operated on this line. I got on the next train thinking it was the late one I had a ticket for, but it was run by a different company. The ticket inspector was not impressed and suggested I buy another ticket but relented in the end. I suppose it was because I am quite literally the only person in this carriage. Silly.

Anyway, I've been TRYING to blog from my iPhone but this app has made things rather difficult. More than once I have written 3/4 of a blog only to have it crash on me, losing the whole post. Even now it is acting jittery because of the patchy mobile coverage on this train line, so I'm saving regularly. Maybe I'll shell out actual money for an app in future. Then it might be better.

Um, I'm supposed to be writing about travel. I've left Northern Ireland now, obviously, and I'm staying in Edinburgh with Liam. Just like I'd been told, Edinburgh is the coolest city ever. I can't wait to explore it properly over the next week or so. Belfast was lovely and leaving the friends I've made there was hard, but that's the nature of this thing I'm doing.

While still in Northern Ireland we went for a day trip to Derry/Londonderry, whose name has become a shibboleth for what side of the Nationalist/Unionist divide the speaker stands on. It was certainly the most obviously divided place I'd been in Northern Ireland; the tensions there are still quite high. I tried to broaden my accent as much as reasonable so nobody would mistake my Australian accent for an English one and spit in my food or anything. Everything was fine though and we had a good day.

My two days in Durham were lovely as well. I had a good look around the town with my friend Joy and we went to the Good Friday service in the Durham Cathedral today. It was a "high church" service so it was a new experience for me, but really good. It was really beautiful.

I've just read back everything I just typed and realised it sounds really inane. I think I'll stop here, but I'll return soon when I'm feeling a bit more describe-y. Or something.

Okay bye.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Blogging from the iPhone

Woaaaaah I have just discovered how to blog from my iPhone. I am legitimately excited about this even though I've already written out this post once and lost it because I accidentally hit "cancel" instead of "post". Still, this is a revolution in blogging; a golden age for The Fillet Skillet is dawning upon a flurry of phone-typed travel blogs each funnier and more informative than the last. I got a UK SIM card the other day with the MOST GLORIOUS prepaid data plan this Australian has ever seen. I've stopped using my computer for Twitter and email. I've started tweeting pictures on the go. How did I ever consider myself a communications geek without this beautiful fount of data buzzing away in my pocket all day?

My trip so far has been just lovely. Chilling here in Belfast with Paige (hopeonatenspeed) and some of her friends from uni. I also see Adam (whataboutadam) from time to time because he lives in a nearby town. Catching up with these two has been so good. They're some of the best friends I've made through this while YouTube malarkey.

On Saturday Paige, her friend Hannah and I went to Dublin where we caught up with Stephen (3sixty5days). We went to the Leprechaun Museum where we were told many a-story from Irish folklore (SPOILER: Everybody dies. Always.) and the Guinness Factory where we partook of (supposedly) the freshest pint of Guinness in the world. It was an epic day with more walking than I've done in a long time. I've only just recovered.

Finally, today I bought a pair of Doc Martens. I've since taken to clomping around saying things like YOU WILL BE DELETED. They make me feel 20 feet tall and I have to be careful I do not accidentally tread upon and kill any children or small animals. I promise to use my newfound power responsibly; only evil children will be slaughtered.

And that is pretty much it for now. Supposedly you can upload pictures to posts using this app but that is what got me in trouble the last time so that is just going to have to wait until there is less at stake. Until then, see you next time!