Looking for lunch

I'm back at Cafe Avanti. I've had a cup of tea and am going to have to pick up some cash for the next few days so that I can get lunch and such. I can change any notes that I still have on the ferry to Liverpool so that I'll be able to spend the money in England. Isle of Man has its own paper currency, which can't be spent anywhere else even though the exchange rate is 1:1 for the GBP. I'm keeping one of the one pound notes (they are apparently growing increasingly rare in favor of coins of the same denomination) and a small handful of coins as souveniers of my trip here, but I have less than a pound in change in my pocket at the moment and I prefer not to use the credit cards if I don't have to.

It's raining again today, so I'm not really looking at doing much outdoors. I may take the steam train down to Castletown to see Castle Rushen, but I'm not in a hurry. Mostly I'm just tired and creaky and needing a day to rest after climbing South Barrule yesterday. Despite the weather, I'm really enjoying my visit here. Nearly everyone has been very kind and I've been able to talk to people here and there, fairly low pressure -- I'm not generally someone who can just walk up to a stranger and start a conversation, so it's been helpful that people are so friendly.

I'm looking forward to staying with friends for the rest of my trip. Camping has been doable but wearing on me, which I rather expected, but it's a hell of a lot less expensive than the alternatives. I'd been considering getting a room in Douglas for Friday night, but with the campsite guy saying I could use one of their backup indoor spaces (a storage shed with a couple of couches and bunks in it), that has solved a problem for me. I really didn't want to have to pack wet gear on Saturday morning when I had to check in for the ferry at about 9:30am, as I recall. I think the ferry leaves at 10:30am, but I'll have to look. Anyway, just being able to stuff the sleeping bag into its sack, grab a shower, and pack my jammies will make things immensely easier logistically, and less stressful emotionally.

And now I must go find myself an ATM, get some lunch, and check on the train schedule.

What day is it?

March 2015


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