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Traditional Shopping Arcade in Bournemouth downtown – the mall of yesteryears.

A couple of weekends ago, we hopped over to England to visit Westbourne, near Bournemouth on the south coast. When I was in boarding school, I spent many of my half-term breaks in this area with a family. The last time I was in this area was more than 5 years ago. The trip was a bit of a rush but it was nice to see familiar faces and places.

We flew into Gatwick but since there is no direct train to Bournemouth, the only option was to take the National Express coach.  If I choose to go via London, we would go into Victoria by train, then by tube to Waterloo and then another train to come down south.  Both trips would have taken about the same amount of time, i.e, 4 hours, but the coach delivered us directly from the North terminal to within one block of our Bed & Breakfast.

We were not in the mood to see sights but snapped a few pictures nevertheless.  Below is a mosaic in downtown Bournemouth.

Poole Harbor

Full English Breakfast at the Southernhay B&B.

I bought some fusion sushi from Marks & Spencer  – out of curiosity – because of the range of flavors suggested by the combinations of ingredients. Really quite creative. The label states clearly “No Raw Fish.”

In case the text on the label is not legibly displayed, the pieces are:  duck and cherry hoisin California roll, Thai style chicken California roll, edamame gunkan, prawn & mango gunkan, tamarind & tomato nigri, coconut & red pepper nigri.

They all had a distinctive flavor but the flavors were not sharp. But the dressing was really tasty and made them all good.



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