I visited United Kingdom together with my friends from my FCE English course. Our guide for England and especially for Scotland was our teacher from that course, Samantha. Sam is from Perth and she helped us to know her beautiful country.
When Sam returned to Scotland, we stayed in contact. We changed some letters and e-mails. In 1998 we invited Sam to Donovaly, here in Slovakia. She felt fine, and she promised us, that next year we will meet in UK. And we agreed to visit her. Our group from our last trip to Iceland a little bit changed. Instead of Emil and Hilda we took our friend Eva.
The biggest problem was to find possible transport. United Kingdom is not cheap country, and we wanted to took also some food with us. With accommodation we hadn’t problem, because we decided to sleep in camps. At last we decided that we need some car. But nobody from us was owner of car. It was necessary to find solution of that. To rent a car was so expensive solution for us. At last after asking, I decided to rent car, from my company. They gave me good conditions and it looked like a good choice. My colleague Marcel, heard that we wanted to visit UK. He asked me if he could to join us. He was experienced traveler and we decided to add him to our passengers list. It decreased our expenses, because we could split them among four people. After solving our transport, we had to find places for visit. We met together more times, thinking above the map and books, and we wrote down all interesting places. When we selected the most interesting places, we created route to UK and back with help of this route planner.
We decided to go for 3 weeks on August. Now we had crew, we solved our transport, we had points for visiting, we had also route, but we hadn’t visa. To visit UK, were visa required. To acquire them, we had to collect a lot of papers. When we had all of them, we met together on early morning near of British Council. We spent a lot of time in queue. Then we were interviewed. We were successful, fortunately.
At the end of July we started with next preparations in positive mood. But time with good messages finished. I was informed in my company, that our car is not available for our term. I was so sad, because it looked like that our trip is away. But at last Marcel managed another car in the company. The problem was, that it was available only for 2 weeks. It was necessary to reduce visited places and to change our route. We did it. Then we prepared list of food for 2 weeks. We decided to collect all food and people, night before trip, in our flat. It was our starting point for this trip. Near of flat we parked our rented car, Škoda Felicia Combi. It was last night before trip, and we went to sleep full of expectations.
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