Here in the southwest of England, we are fortunate enough to live near the coast. In this area is a stretch of coastline known as the Jurassic Coast. Named so due to the layers of sedimentary rock that stretch over 185 million years. Per google, it covers the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Some pretty cool stuff. I was fortunate enough to take a trip to Exmouth, Devon (where the Jurassic Coast begins) via the residence life team here at the University for the International Students.
Pretty much all the International students and Erasmus students (EU international students) signed up for the trip, so it was a great way to meet some new friends. From our flat myself, James, Eli and Will all decided to go (Eli and Will are our KU flatmates). All the students took a private coach from the University and about 45 minutes later we were driving through the town of Exmouth, marveling at the sea out the window. Within 30 minutes we had all clambered onto the “Jurassic Coast River Cruise” boat, excited to go down the coast of the Jurassic River and learn some interesting facts, and maybe have time to find some fossils? (Last time James was here in Exeter he ventured to the Jurassic Coast and was able to find a fossil on the beach).
Boy were we disappointed…..instead of going along the southern coast of England, ie the Jurassic Coast, the boat went up the River Exe (heading back towards Exeter). The cruise really should have been called River Exe Cruise NOT Jurassic Coast Cruise. I hoped that at least since we weren’t going along the Jurassic Coast, maybe our tour guide would give us some good information over the loudspeaker. Instead, we got random tidbits about construction sites on the side of the river and their completion dates. He made no mention of anything interest ie the Jurassic Coast or even the shipwrecked boats we passed by. We did, however, see a couple struggling as their sailboat tipped over and they were frantically trying to right it, so that was interesting. Nonetheless, even though the cruise was not what we all expected, it was still beautiful cruising up the river. We passed by a castle in the distance, the oldest yacht club in all of England, sunken ships, and various riverside towns.
After our Cruise ended, we had a couple hours to spend in the town of Exmouth to have lunch and explore. James, Eli, Will, Sydney(James and I met her at an International Student Society event and we became quick friends) and I ventured into town, where we had traditional Cornish Pasties. I had a steak and onion pasty, and it was delicious. When in Cornwall, you must have a Cornish Pasty, they are warm, flavorful and filling. We spent probably 30 minutes walking around the small town before we went over to the Mussel Festival that was happening down by the beach. The air smelled delicious and the mussels looked great, but none of us wanted mussels enough to justify queuing for 15 minutes (queuing means to wait in line, and it is taken seriously here). There was also some live music going on and tons and tons of people at this festival.
After we had our fill we opted to stroll on the beach, skip some rocks (I’m not sure why boys always seem to do this when they see water and rocks), and just hang out. We found massive beach chairs and of course had to take photos in them. I sincerely apologize to the nice couple we made take the photos for us…we were having way to much fun. On our way back to the buses Eli found a pole. For those of you that don’t know, Eli has joined Pole Fitness Society a.k.a he is really good on a pole, and demonstrated his skills for us, on a pole, in front of an ice cream parlor. Needless to say, you can imagine the looks parents shot at us. Oh well, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in the “Jurassic Coast” of Exmouth.
Total cost of the trip for James and I: £12.20
- Ticket: £10 (Included transport to and from Exeter and River Cruise)
- Pasty: £2.20
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