Twists mean surprises, and I love surprises. Don’t you? Surprises and the unexpected are part of the fun of being a mystery fan. Just when you think you have the mystery figured out, it twists on you.
It’s the same with travel. When I travel to places quite different from where I’m accustomed to living, I find oodles of twists, surprises, and the unexpected. Here are seven twists that I encountered from my recent trip to England, meeting my newest granddaughter: (solutions below)
1. It’s wet and cold in England, that’s no surprise. So, why do palm trees grow everywhere? And why do wild, green parrots live in the trees at our mooring on the canal?
2. Cars drive on the left side of the road, that’s no surprise, either. So, why do boats drive on the right side of the canal?
3. One of our favorite activities at the canal is gongoozling. Don’t you just love that word? It means to watch narrowboats move through the locks. We love to gongoozle as we walk along the towpath to our local pub.
4. Who doesn’t love the local pub? With the warmth of its low, beamed ceilings, glowing fireplaces, and mullioned windows as thick as the bottom of a jelly glass? The Sunday roast they serve is out of this world. Children are welcome in the pub—and dogs, too!
5. And speaking of pub roast…we cruised to Tesco, where we tied up our narrowboat at the public mooring, and inside, we found packages of frozen Yorkshire pudding. How handy would that be in the States?
6. While fleeing London for bank holiday (and what on earth is a bank holiday, anyway?) we encountered a road-side sign on the M4: “No fly tipping” –Huh?
7. I could go on, as twists and surprises fill each day in England, but I’ll leave it with one more: “wetting the baby’s head.” So many images come to mind!
What are some wild twists and surprises that you’ve encountered in your travels?
1. palm trees = the result of the gulf stream delivering a temperate climate
parrots = after several escapes from caged life, parrots started thriving in the wild in parts of England
2. boats vs. cars = anyone know the answer to this?
3. narrowboat = 6 feet wide, and up to 72 feet long, size determined by size of the lock
4. the local pub = a community gathering place
5. Tesco = the local, mega grocery store
6. bank holiday = Monday makes a 3-day weekend in spring, Easter, early May, and summer
fly tipping = illegal dumping of waste
7. wetting the baby’s head = a celebration of baby’s arrival, with appropriate beverages.