UK tour 2002
|18th March 2002 Day 3
I awoke to Nikki wishing me a Happy Birthday, I'd forgotten it was today. My three co-travellers had got a card for me, however the sense of being away from home, family and friends on my birthday hung over me for the day.
I suppose that starting off our journey in a garden of Eden was quite appropriate. We visited the Eden Project, which is a large tropical type garden kept inside a few very large ball shaped greenhouses. I'm not going to describe it any further as you're probably reading this on the net so if you want to know more you can do a search, as you can see I found it deeply inspiring! My partner, who had once been a gardener, came into my mind as I walked around the place. I was thinking how she'd probably find it very interesting, but for me I was left feeling a bit cold about it, even if I was covered in a tropical rainforest induced sweat. So after a quick once over it was off for a quick drink in the café with Colin.
When we returned to my car a bit later I found the battery to be completely dead, so the engine wouldn't start even some of the doors couldn't be opened. Hunger ruled though so we climbed in through the ones that did open and snacked on our sandwiches for a few minutes during which we eyed up people walking past us commenting on whether they might be useful in helping jump start the vehicle. Eventually a man trundled past who I thought looked a bit ex-army so I asked him if he'd help. As it turned out his car was next to ours, and when I said "it's ok if you're too busy" he said no "I'm not too busy to help, one day I may need you to do the same for me". Within a few minutes the engine fired up and we were on our way back to Looe.
The main purpose of today, or at least for me and Helen was to search out a place in Looe where we could connect to the internet. After a bit of a goose chase around the town I found a local computer school who hired out a connection to the net so at least from today until Friday I shall be able to post the Diary daily. As I went around the town asking people if there was a publicly available net connection in the town the general expression on their face was an incredulous smile. "The whole point of coming here is to get away from all that," one said. I won't say what I thought.
Tonight Helen cooked us a Thai red curry, Nikki let me beat her at Draughts, Helen (my latest convert) addictively played Unreal Tournament, and at one point she even tried to get Nikki into it. I said to Helen, "You haven't yet learned who are the types who are likely to enjoy Unreal Tournament" and sure enough a few minutes later Nikki was saying how she'd prefer to be swimming with virtual dolphins. I looked at her in pity, Helen just shook her head in disbelief and proceeded to blow off her virtual opponent's one. A familiar mad chuckle came from her as she said "God this game is evil!"
Another notch got added to the tally for my entrance to cyber heaven!