A Trip to Bournemouth

September 27, 2011

A week after we arrived in London, Geoff and I headed to Bournemouth for my first day of class. The ‘Overseas Nurses Programme’ (I’m still getting used to spelling things incorrectly on purpose…) was the last thing I needed to do to get my nursing license in the UK. It consisted of three classroom days over the course of a month, plus a 200+ page workbook filled with self-paced activities. Oh joy.

Bournemouth is a cute little resort town on the ocean, about 2.5 hours southwest of London. We left Maudie in the hotel in Greenwich, and took our first train ride through England. It was awesome, and we got to see so much of the countryside. We walked the two miles or so to our hotel (aren’t you proud?!?), and then decided to go exploring. Unfortunately, we forgot to bring a camera that night, so we can’t show you how beautiful it was as we wandered along the beach. We saw Bournemouth’s famous ‘beach huts’ that you can rent out in the summertime. Tiny, brightly colored huts on the beach, complete with beach chairs and a single burner stove to make tea. Yep, you read that right. Drinking tea on the beach… Sounds oh-so-refreshing:)

I spent the next day in class, meeting some fellow co-workers who had also decided to make this crazy move, and learning a bit about the national healthcare system. Geoff found a little coffee shop called Cafe Nero and spent the day working away and drinking deliciously strong coffee. We had a few hours to kill when I was done with class and before our train left, so we wandered through the city again. Bournemouth has a gigantic helium balloon that you can pay to ride and see the views. We didn’t feel like paying $20 for a 2 minute ride, but it was fun to see. We had an afternoon snack of bread, chicken and cheese, and then headed back to the train. They were selling all sorts of stuff on the train, so we each had a cider and relaxed for the ride home.

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~Posted by the girl~