Engineers@Leisure: On the ancestral trail – Part 2

April 25th, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: Vector

 

by Mike Rycroft

After meeting some of our “long-lost” family on our ancestral trail through the UK, our scheduled port of call was Birkenhead, our paternal homeland, where my sister Wendy and I located a number of surviving aunts and cousins. Leaving King’s Heath in Birmingham, we travelled south to join the M25 ring road around London. On the way, we stopped at a Sainsbury store for provisions and had our first taste of British retail (and British prices). By this stage we had stopped converting from pound to rand, and compared prices in pound instead. We had not made any bookings for accommodation, but had been assured that bookings could easily be made a day before. This advice proved to be less than helpful when looking for two adjoining single rooms. Luckily, we managed to find accommodation, albeit not always where we had planned to stay.

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