Simon's Trip to Bristol.
Thursday 13th April 2017
The sun came out nice and early in March this year and after a busy weekend performing as Sussex's ultimate wedding band, I got a severe case of itchy feet. So I booked myself into a hostel and jumped onto a train to Bristol. The train ride takes about 4 hours with only 1 change, so plenty of time for some Spotify sessions and reading.
I am currently reading 'Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odysey'. If you like Richard Ayoade in 'The IT Crowd', 'Garth Marenghi's Dark Place' and 'The Mighty Boosh', to name but a few, you will probably love this book. I had to stop reading a few times due to uncontrollable fits of laughter. Introspective, comically bizarre and droll.. Just my cup of tea!
I decided to give my fellow travelers a break from the maniacal spurts of laughter and so turned to Spotify for inspiration. Each year I make a playlist of all the songs that tickle my fancy for whatever reason. If you don't already do this I highly recommend you start. You can map out a whole year with songs; each one holding a unique memory from a specific point in time. Check out my 2016 playlist, which filled the other half of my train journey.
I like to use Hostel World when planning a jaunt. It is unbelievably easy to use and has all the information you could possibly need to make a decision on where to stay. Whilst trawling through the extensive list of hostels, I stumbled across what can only be described as a 'no brainer'. The Kyle Blue is a boat that has been converted into a plush little hostel that sleeps up to 30 guests. It rests in the canal just opposite the center of town and has a great vibe.
The rest of the weekend was spent lounging in the sun by the canal, swimming in the river Avon (f-f-freeeeezing) and eating delicious food.
A sunny weekend well spent!