Adam Armstrong is a singer/songwriter from Knutsford, England. He's been writing and performing his own stuff for only four months, and he's killing it. This is my favorite song of his, and I'm glad to have met him on our World Tour. Follow him on Facebook/AdamArmstrongMusic if you want more goodness.Read More
We made a roadtrip to Chester today, and stumbled across a Roman amphitheater!
To prove not all American tourists do douchey things when visiting historical sights from the Roman empire, we recorded a video of us behaving. See? It can be done!
Chester is a lovely city, with still-standing walls that surround the city center. Loads of shopping and plenty of great pubs make it a great destination. And the fact that I almost got t-boned in a roundabout doesn't change my enthusiasm, either! (Note: roundabout traffic comes from the right in the UK.)
We were starting to wonder if it was possible, but we did -- finally -- manage to find hoppy beer in England! We were so shocked, we recorded a video!
Apparently, there's a big difference between the Real Ale movement, and the craft beer movement. I know... I know... they sound the same. But not so much. We bloody yanks like to load up our beers with massive amounts of hops and or malt. Not so much over here. Still, the guys at Brew Dog know how to buck the local trend, and are making beers loaded with flavor. Are they Real Ales? Honestly, I do not give a shit. For they are welcome relief to the two of us right now!
Also, the food here is quite good. I had the Juicy something or other. It's a burger with pimento cheese spread. Tasty. Sheila had tater tots -- yeah, in England -- loaded with melted cheese and grilled onions. Now, normally I'm not a fan of tots. But these were pretty fantastic. I think I'll order them that way from now on and see if that changes my opinion.
Plenty of Brew Dog beers on tap, plus a dozen or so guest beers on tap. They even had the full compliment of Oskar Blues, and I got to educate our bartender on the the G'Knight origin story. Hooray, beer lore!
Thanks, Brew Dog Manchester, for giving us some beer with flavor. Now to find more!
Cheers from Knutsford, England!
I really think we're going to like it here, the reasons for which will become abundantly clear as we post the sights and sounds from around this rather affluent little town.Read More
It's possible we were a little tipsy when we recorded this. As it turns out, Belgian beers are pretty big. Not just in size, but in alcohol content. Surprise! But that Westvleteren 12 ... Wow. Not sure it's the best beer in the world, but it's without a doubt the best Belgian beer I've had and clearly worth the 100 points!. Gotta come over here to get it!Read More
Clear skies made for a lovely day, but the wind picked up, and a chill was in the air. And while we only spent about three hours in Sweden, we found it a lovely city. The restored castle was interesting, the park lovely, and our accidental entry into Moccasin led to the best meal we've had on the trip.Read More
Quirkiness and our own failure to properly plan aside, The Copenhagen Downtown Hostel is fine. The purpose -- a cheap, safe, and clean place to sleep -- is served. The rest we can handle. It's quiet enough, the other patrons seem friendly if not a couple of decades our junior, and the staff attentive.Read More
Not to be outdone by Evo, I figured I needed to start playing with video as well! This is my first attempt for ShEvo World Tour content, and it's a little odd. I am usually behind the camera -- not in front!Read More
We briefly walked by the Ny Carlsbert Glyptotek. It's a pretty nifty museum, of which we had no idea of when we walked by earlier today. It's rather fun to do a sort of reverse discover via Google Street View when you find something as you're wandering around, not quite lost.Read More
OK, so you'd probably not be so dumb as to try and cram a Paris sightseeing trip into four hours. And because you're not that dumb, you're probably also smart enough to research various power needs before embarking on a year-long (at least) journey. Well... you'd not be us then.Read More
The good news is that the snow isn't sticking. The ambient temperature is above freezing right now. But that will drop overnight, and we have an early morning drive to catch our train to Paris. Our host -- he's driving us -- doesn't seem too concerned, so we probably won't crash and die on the way there. Of course, if you don't hear from us, then he was wrong.Read More
Signage in France is interesting. A city name with a line through it means you're leaving that city. Directional signs indicating where to turn to reach a destination are vague at best, not positioned a consistent distance from any given road, and could be interpreted multiple ways.Read More