29 Mar
04
 

   It's been a while coming but British Summer Time is finally here. James, Marko and I had a good night out in Brighton, at Creation as usual. Hopefully we'll have one more night there before I leave England for good, and I'll get to show Bex and Lorraine what clubbing in the UK is really like.

   Sunday was lovely. Though it started a little cloudy, and an hour earlier than I expected, it was finally good enough to go sight seeing. Lorraine and I took of to Mount Caburn first. It's a great look out point over Glynde, Lewes and a fair bit of the South Downs. There was a hang-glider up there, and I am totally inspired to get one myself and get into some low level swooping and diving :-) After a while at the top we walked back to the car and drove to Birling Gap and took a walk along the beach.

Looking east from Birling Gap
Looking east from Birling Gap



I was surprised to find real sand in patches at the bottom of the huge white chalk cliffs.
The chalk cliffs at Birling Gap
The chalk cliffs Birling Gap
These cliffs are where the south downs meet the English Channel and are called The Seven Sisters.


Not far east of the gap is Beachy Head.
The lighthouse at Beachy Head
The lighthouse at Beachy Head
We took a stroll along the cliff tops and both found it strange to feel warm again, something that I have been missing since coming back from Europe in September last year.
Cuckmere Haven
Cuckmere Haven
On the way back we stopped to see Cuckmere Haven. It's the sort of area that my old geography teacher would love with a wide meandering river just about ready to form a few Oxbow lakes.

   I've only got two days left at work, and just 96 hours I'll be jet lagged in New Jersey, things are starting to get exciting again.


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All roads lead to Ringmer

Craig
England
March 26, 2004

   And so the incredible appeal of Sussex strikes again as Lorraine, who has come half way around the world to live in England permanently, found a place to rent in Lewes and started work at my local opera house Glyndebourne. It's cool to have another Kiwi around even though I am talking about my ever shortening time here and she is settling in for the long term. I handed in my notice at work weeks ago and I have only 5 days left there. Then I am off to America to catch up with the girls I met in spain, Stacey and Brie, and over to Colorado to see Levi and Sarah. That should provide me with plenty to talk about since I'll be traveling more than 10 miles from home which is all that I have been doing for quite a while.

Acceptance letter from Oxford
My letter from Oxford

   I think the most exciting thing to happen recently was the letter I got from Oxford, officially offering me a place on their MSc Computer Science course, which is kinda cool. According to my watch it's been 291 days since I left New Zealand and I have only 40 left until I land in Auckland. I'm not entirely sure what I'll do when I get back to NZ but returning to Auckland Uni is a possibility. I hear that Crater Lake is due to burst so I'll be hiking up there with Dad to see it while it's there.



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  1 Mar
04
 

   I've been pretty quiet on here recently because I really haven't been doing anything particularly note worthy. I walk to and from work five days a week. It's a round trip of 11km so I'm getting good milage out of my hiking boots, but this is certainly not a patch on Mont Blanc. I would walk over the downs, if only it didn't take twice as long. At least I get plenty of time to listen to Radio 1 and listen to some good music.

   Last night was a party for a friend of a friend. Bex turned 20 and to celebrate we all dressed up as movie characters. My older sister gave me the idea of going as Steve Irwin, Marko

Costume Party
Our costumes
went as Maverick, Emma as a nun from The Sound Of Music, James was Austin Powers and Sarah as Felicity Shagwell. There wer lots of other great costumes there too, Ghandi, Cleopatra, Harry Potter, Lara Croft and a girl from Coyote Ugly. It was a pretty good night, though the changing drinking prices weren't exactly going in our favour. Today the five of us went out for breakfast in Hove. Sitting in the sun beside the beach on the morning after a big party is just great. Not long later while shopping in Brighton it started snowing quite hard (but it was melting straight away). By the time we got back into the car and out onto the road it had stopped and the sun was breaking out. So basically Auckland doesn't have a monopoly on fickle weather.


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