This week I’m in England visiting friends.
Yesterday we took a long trip.
We drove from my friends’ home in the middle of the country up north to where we’re renting a cottage for a few days.
Road travel in America is mainly sitting on a fast highway with lots of other cars.
Road travel in England takes you down winding roads where you pass by farms, green fields, stone fences, cows, sheep and sometimes you see some hills in the distance.
You pass through villages with strange and funny names like Meathop, Witherslack, Halfpenny and Little Snoring.
Every village has an old pub with a simple name like, The Royal Oak, The Swan or The Red Lion.
There’s a famous American writer named Bill Bryson who liked England so much he moved here.
He says England is the best country in the world “to post a letter, go for a walk, watch television, buy a book, venture out for a drink, go to a museum, use the bank, get lost, seek help, or stand on a hillside and take in a view.”
I should visit more often.
And if you’re looking for a good place to practice your English, just like in America, people here like to talk to strangers.
Yesterday, a simple request for directions turned into a conversation that lasted longer than expected.
Just don’t sign up for lessons at a language school.
As the English would say, they’re dreadful.
Write to me if you want better ideas for travel learning.