Had a horrible Amtrak trip downstate to visit my sister, complete with unnecessary, inexplicable delays and a squalling child whose silly yuppy parents forgot to bring extra food for him. (Do they not realize that, after a long day, babies need food and a nap?) The crying was so prolonged that I had to put in my earplugs (thank goodness I remembered to bring them). I felt badly for the baby, but I was cursing the parents under my breath. My only consolation is that the delays meant I had extra time to knit. Made quite a bit of progress on the Estonian lace scarf. Saw another woman on the train knitting, too. It looked like a simple baby blanket. I thought about asking her about it, but I would've had to talk over the guy sitting next to her, and that seemed a bit rude. So anyway....I'm in Central Illinois once again, ready to celebrate tomorrow, and then face a return trip by train on Tuesday. Pray for me...
I always think of BBQ's as you said. Also Corn on the Cob....and Watermelon!!!! I miss all that! We went to a sudo-Mexican restarant with some other Americans on the fourth! I had to have some fun on the day!!!
I hope you made it back ok and had a good time!
I'm surprised that the UK trains are so bad. You'd think that they'd make more of an effort to make public transportation more palatable, given how expensive gas is there (even worse than here in the US).