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ReportsDuring my travels, my compensation for free accommodation for one night, was for me to write a daily travel diary. Of how I got to my next location, the people who would host me, the food I was offered and everything else. Below you find the archives of the highly extensive reports. Know that English is not my native language and most reports were written at high speed around midnight. Enjoy.
Thursday, 26 July 2001
--> Stockton-On-Tees (UK) - dentist recovery When I woke up today, I was completely exhausted already. My toothache had not left me alone last night, so I had been sitting up in the bed with my mouth open, making slightly some noises of pain.
Toothache is Ďtill now the worst thing a I handled until now, thatís for sureÖ
I wouldnít make it to my next host today with the face I was carrying around, so Ian suggested I was welcome to stay another day, until my tooth agony would be over. So I just took paracetamols all day, hoping for relief.
Ian had the day off, so he was around all the time, while Tonie was in and out for deaf calls.
Most of the day I didnít really do a lot, spent some time on Ian cable connection and wandered in the garden, playing with their Siamese cats.
For tonight Ian wanted to go to the cinemas and as we looked on the internet for what was playing, we bumped on to Jurassic Park 3. Okay, suprise us, we thought.
And we were as we watched the trailers on the web. The sequel to the first success of Jurassic Park was goose egg, terrible. I even read both books by Michael Chrichton before I saw both movies, the books were always better than the movies.
So I was kind of curious of what a Part 3 would give to the audience. The trailer told about a revisit to the island, which was to become the leisure park where everybody in the world could look at dinosaurs, as a car pulled you along the fences. But in Part 1 that all got destroyed and the island was abandoned.
In Part 2 there suddenly was another island, where the scientists develop the dinos. But of course, also here, hell broke loose.
So what would Part 3 give us? Another island? No, a revisit to the original Jurassic Park island, where it seemed that the dinosaurs, that still live on it, have evolved: they now can communicate with each other. And that was a unexpected angle to me.
Ian booked three tickets for the night, but Tonie didnít really feel like going. So, Ian took along a friend, Brad, with us and we visited this big cinema complex.
When Ian just got me a big bucket of popcorn, two members of the security came up to me, telling me I was not allowed to take my camera inside. So, I had to leave it outside as we enjoyed the movie.
And to give you a quick review: Itís quite entertaining. This time a boy gets missing on the remote island and some of the original cast of the first movie have to go back there to find him. Thatís basically the story. Of course they find him and they have to escape off the island again, miraculously.
Back to real live again. It was very relaxing to have this extra day, not having to worry about anything and just ease off.
I never expected that I had to stay another dayÖ
Good night again, Stockton!
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