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Amazing journey to England the past 2 weeks. Will probably have to write all my experiences out in at least a 20 part travelogue of some sort. Spent the first week based in Devizes and the second in Marlborough, 2 mid sized burgs framing the heart of Wiltshire crop circle country on the west and east respectively. Some highlights…

* *Did* see some crop circles, and all basically by “accident”, or spotted during hikes I’d already planned for other reasons. *Didn’t* go into a crop circle, although had one opportunity to do so — well, kinda two. More on that later. The most dramatic one I saw with my naked eye, again without trying or attempting to find it, was this work, perhaps interestingly one of those less common two parters.

http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2013/Stantonstbernard2/StantonStBernard2013b.html

(per notes by Red Collie in comments, the crop circle seems to be tied with the Alan Turing Building of Manchester, UK)*

But the crop circle season is *way* behind this year, and we weren’t able to see much less enter a larger or obviously unhoaxed effort. The next time we visit Wiltshire (yes, there’s probably going to be a next time!) we’ll go in July or August, perhaps. But for this time late June was perfect.

* English *roads* — they’re narrow and you drive on the wrong side of the road. They’re basically unnerving and frequently caused meltdowns on my part. Also the parking there is a problem. It’s just *very* different overall. Couldn’t have guessed most of that without going to England to experience in person.

* English coffee — not very good. *Very* glad to get back to my Stateside Starbucks and extra shot iced lattes for sure! The main coffee shop over there is Costa; we didn’t/couldn’t visit any Starbucks outside the airports. The nearest Starbucks to us in Wiltshire were in Swindon and Salisbury, which we didn’t get to.

* English countryside — more beautiful than advertised.

* English *weather* for exploring this countryside and also the population centers — *perfect*! It was almost never too hot over there, and the coolness and hiking went hand-in-hand. Rain wasn’t too much of a problem for us during the visit, thankfully.

I’ll write more soon. Currently I’m looking up more info on that crop circle I give a link to above. My Gilatona-Lis collages created after deciding to go helped *tremendously* in exploring the landscape and decisions made.

Be back with more details shortly!

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* more on Turing machine from wolfram site:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/TuringMachine.html

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