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May 2015

Getting ready for Cymru

Going out for Chinese and ending up with shoarma and beers. But made the most of the dull waiting time, with some Welsh.

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Yesterday I decided to go for a diner.

I noticed a new Wok-place, that would open in April 2015. I jumped on my bicycle and rode that kilometers south. Well, it's officially May now, but only building materials are on display! So... no wok tonight :( Peddelled against wind (as usual) and got back home.

I figured out what to do now and got back out to take that last bus into town. I went to my "friend" to have a diner there. Afterwards I didn't really felt very welcome. Prices had risen, to almost €20 for a dish. I asked for bread but ended up with fries. And when I finally was done, the phrase "Thank you, please come again" came a bit too early for me.

But, I promised myself to take a look at that bar I was planning to go for a while. As a indication for good beer bars, a few English and even some Irish near the taps. I installed myself in the middle of them all. I've had some good chats about CAMRA and the Welsh weather, and off course some good Belgian beers (see Untapped Profile).

Heading back to the Market Square, I asked a young lady at the busstop, if there's a bus coming that will bring me back to the railwaystation.
Yes there is ... but first it goes to Dudzele!

Ok, another walk then.

Arrival Time: 0:25.
Departure Time: 1:12.

Just perfect! So enough time to take out my cellphone and repeat that Say Something in Welsh!

Dwi'n trio siarad Cymraeg!

More later ...

Posted by peeweeke 19:00 Archived in Belgium Tagged food welsh cymraeg Comments (0)

Figuring Out the Best Way to Get There

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Now that I know that I will definitly travel by train. It was time to do a search for the best deals on trains in the UK.

So to get to Minffordd from London, one needs to transfer in Birmingham.

Although I went for Train-Split, it's still cheaper if you do it yourself. Finally my DIY-side can come out :)
With help: £31.00
Without help: £26.50

Now only waiting for the Advance Fares to get available...
London Euston - Birmingham New Street (Virgin Trains), 7th of May
Birmingham New Street - Minffordd (Arriva Trains Wales), 4th of May (that's tomorrow!)

The bus into London will be Eurolines as Megabus books the tickets as singles. And even than it's still more expensive (£15 vs €13)
If I book a return I must be able to grab a €21 ticket. But to make it complete, let's hunt down that €9 ticket/single!
But that's for next month...

See you later,


Posted by peeweeke 05:28 Archived in Belgium Tagged trains busses tickets Comments (0)

Got my first ticket

Grabbing that advance ticket for the 3rd leg of my trip.

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Yesterday I went online to look for advance tickets to start building up my trip.

I found a ticket London-Birmingham (3rd leg of the journey) for just £6. Only later I noticed I will be travelling with London Midlands, so a few more stops on the way and no Pendolino action :( But on the other hand it was £1.50 cheaper and as the train leaves earlier, it doesn't affect my plan at all.

Soon I hope to find the advance ticket for Birmingham - Minffordd at £19, so I can fill in that gap towards my destination. Although the Sunday 4pm service sells as an advance, I am still full of hope to find the same on a Monday... one day.

The bus into London will take a bit longer as I noticed "Promo"-prices are possible until the end of June yet. So that will be for next month, even more so as I need to take a Return-ticket to get the best deal. As there are more and more operators going into London (IC-bus just joined), they all lower their prices unti €30/single.

Keep tuning in to see what I've pulled out of the hat next time.

Posted by peeweeke 04:30 Archived in England Tagged london train birmingham Comments (0)

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