when it rains … go to the UK.

Now this is exciting. I have wanted to travel to the UK for many years, and for a variety of reasons. And, I had always wanted to schedule a trip to the UK to coincide with Marillion activities, to be able to see them on their home turf.

Well, as it turns out, we’ll be able to do exactly that in March. An unexpected gift came our way, which will allow my family to travel there. It’s funny how timing works out. The first 3 days of our trip will be spent carousing with a few thousand Freaks in Minehead, near Cornwall (actually it may be in Cornwall; I’m not sure where Cornwall’s border is). Then we’ll have about 10 days in the UK afterwards.

This will, of course, be a huge homeschooling project for us as well. We’ll have to decide exactly where we want to go. There are many possibilities,
Glastonbury, Tintagel, the Rosslyn Chapel, and of course the old standbys like Stonehenge, not to mention London itself. We’ll most likely go up into Scotland for a bit as well.

On a spiritual and intellectual note, I’ve been interested in the Arthurian legends for many years, and the grail image — particularly the idea of the grail quest — has been perhaps the central metaphor in my spiritual pursuits for the past decade and a half. There are of course many places in the UK to visit that are connected to this legend; indeed, the entire island seems to resonate on some level with this mythos.

Luckily, we have several months to plan things, and we can always be spontaneous once we get there. But this should definitely be the adventure of a lifetime. It’s many years overdue in my case; I know LM was ready to go, and Mo is more than a little excited.

Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

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