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sailing and diving around the world
I drove to Southport to visit with my friend, Paul, who owns Seavoice-training.co.uk. I did his online marine VHF radio course online, and we had been keeping in touch over the years. It was really great to finally meet him in person, and to meet his son Scott and his lovely daughter, Robin. It was kind of neat, because we agreed to meet where he participates in his weekly salsa class, in Liverpool. I had already taken a hotel room in Liverpool, anyway, at the Dolby Hotel, so it was convenient for me. Just hopped in a cab. So, I sat in as a spectator for his salsa class and had a lot of fun watching. Now, of course, I want to join a salsa class, too! :) Came to find that Paul has been with this group for ten years! And a few of the other students have been there just as long. I call them 'students' but of course they don't look like students at all, after ten years of dancing. I always imagined Paul to be the typical 'stiff upper lip' kind of guy, that sits behind a radio all day long, but I was in for quite a surprise.
So, I pulled into Southport first, before going to Liverpool, but it was late, and there wasn't a single hotel room available. So I had to drive to Liverpool to look for a room there. As I've already mentioned, it's probably a good idea to reserve hotel rooms ahead of time, if you can. In N American cities, we can show up to a new city at 3am and probably find a room without a reservation. Not so in England. In fact, I think the Brits probably don't do anything without a reservation.
Southport is small, it's charming, but there didn't seem to be much 'tourism' going on. It doesn't seem to a spot that tourists choose as a destination. There really isn't much going on there. I, however, loved it, for that 'small town' feel that it has. It has it's share of historical 'heritage' buildings, and I love it because it's a seaside town.