So, we decided that the title for this post should really be, "Next time, pay the extra £10 and take the eurostar instead of the coach!"
Not that I am opposed to taking a bus. Indeed, when Steve was figuring out the route to Brussels, we both thought that it was going to be a great route: London, Dover, Bruges, Brussels. We had already taken the eurostar through the chunnel, so thought it would be fun to try something different. We both thought it was going to be great to take the bus, since the slower speed would make it easier to see the country side (the Eurostar goes so fast that you can't really SEE anything). Plus, we thought it would be fun to take the boat over at Dover! We would be able to look back and see the cliffs. Sweet. Or at least, that was what we were expecting.
|Sleeping on the bus|
I kept telling myself that the view would make the cramped seats worth it, but it was a rainy and misty day, so visibility was limited to the the margins of the highway. Still, I felt comforted by the thought that we would be able to get off the bus and walk around once we were of the ferry. So... as we approached Dover, I was very happy! The mist had peeled back, and I could see the castle up on the hill, and windows poking out of the cliffs themselves. I kept waiting for the bus to stop so I could get some good shots. But, we stopped just long enough to pick up three more passengers, and then we drove back out of town the same way we had come. It was only at this point that we realized that maybe we were NOT taking a boat at Dover; we were only there to get more travellers. As Homer Simpson says, "D'oh!".... shoulda taken some shots from the bus!
|horse on the hill at the chunnel|
It was a bit like boarding the ferry in Victoria, but the bus had to drive into a super narrow train compartment. Once everyone was in, metal grates came down between the individual train compartments. So... we were in a bus on a train. It certainly sounds more exciting than it really was. It is pretty claustrophia inducing! ... and no snack bar!
The high point was getting off the bus (while the train was moving) to go find the toilets, "located in the first and last carriages". To move between the carriages, you have to press the red button, wait 2 seconds for the doors to be unlocked, then push through into the space between carriages, (a space that felt creepy to me... i kept wondering if I would fall through the floor) where you again push a red button, wait, and then push through into the next carriage.
|Duncan at the door!|
|on the train in the chunnel|
|Pantheon, seen from the bus|