A FOREIGNER IN BRITAIN

Nicolás Benitez

Book Summary

The narrator, Antonio, is a Spanish young man. He studied at Salamanca University, where e met several British students. He makes different trips to England to visit relatives, school friends and childhood friends. His hosts take him to see the sights in their area. His anecdotes deal with historical facts and British culture, traditional and celebrations. He tells us about the new people he meets, the places he visits and his personal experiences.

Antonio visited London with Pablo and they went to a typical British pub but in Britain most of the pubs close so early and this surprised Pablo. The next afternoon Antonio took his friend to a good Hotel in the centre of London and drank a tea in a tearoom. In New Year's Eve Antonio and Pablo went to Trafalgar Square to listen the bells but they couldn't hear to them because there were a lot of people. They went to Globe Theatre on the south bank of the River Thames and saw a Shakespeare's performance.Later they travel by The Tube, one of most special places of London and they was surprised to see a Muslim woman who only her eyes were uncovered.

Besides this, there is a neighborhood in London called Chinatown where there is a lot of Asian atmosphere, retaurants, etc.

Pablo, Antonio and Mike(Antonio's english friend) went to Notting Hill, where there was a Caribbean carnival, it takes place on the last weekend in August.

York is a country with much history, Antonio traveled alone by train and meets Barbara Green who said to the foreigner that could stay in the Green Guest House that was cheap. In this house he ate a typical, enormous breakfast.Antonio visited the Jorvik Viking Center and arrived at Coppergate Market (based on 948 AD).Later in the streets of York a man asked Antonio about the way to York Minister and he decided to visit it with the man who was from Chicago.York Minister is the biggest Gothic cathedral in Europe, it took more than 250 years to build and was finished in 1480. It has very impressive windows at stained glass.They visited the Castle Museum and talk about the ghosts who live in it.

Jorvik Viking Centre

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The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and visitor attraction in York, where Archeologists found part of the Viking town preserved under the modern town. It recreates Jorvik in 948 AD with characters, sights, sounds and smells as well as fish markets and latrines, with a view to bringing the Viking city fully to life using innovative interpretative methods.

York Minster

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It's the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. The title " Minster" is attributed to churches established in the Anglo-Saxon period as missionary teaching churches, and serves now as an honorific title. It has windows with stained glass and one of them tells the story of the beginning and end of the world.
Oxford University is one of the oldest and most prestigious university in the world. Antonio appeared in the Oxford shopping district and was immediately disappointed. He later visited the gardens of Magdalen College that have a beautiful bell-tower, next to the medieval bridge.Antonio dinner a typical meal of fish and chips in a traditional-looking pub and the barman explained to him the history of Scholastica Massacre in 1355.At night Antonio and his ex-girlfriend Lisa went to a May Ball who is a very elegant dance, and at the end of Ball they were to the Magdalen Bridge and saw that the people was jumping into the river and they jumped too and drank champagne into the water.
In this chapter he was imagining that was in a small Caribbean island when the phone rang, and was Gareth, an old Antonio friend, and she said to him that she would marry.In the celebration Gareth introduced to Antonio Angharad and he fell in love. Antonio and Angharad went windsurfing but he finally preferred to watch she on the beach.The last day Antonio stayed in Wales, they went to the Royal National Eisteddfod. On his travel to Wales, he visited some interesting buildings and festivals.

The Royal National Eisteddfod

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The National Eisteddfod is traditionally held in the first week of August, and the competitions are all held in the Welsh lenguaje. When Antonio went to the festival there were 6,000 competitors and over 150,000 spectators.

Castle Coch

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It is a gothic castle, it was built between 1875 and 1879 on the foundation of a thirteenth-century castle by a local nobleman and his architect. Its conical towers and needle-sharp turrets create an idyllic vision of the Middle Ages.
In this chapter Antonio explains that during his stance in Wales he read about a competition in a travel magazine, and then he wanted to write an article to participate. He decided with the help of Gareth to write about Cornwall who is a remote area in the south-west corner of Britain. He started her trip in Bude, and in a pub meets Richard, an old man who explained some legends and stories about the Cornwall to Antonio. Antonio went to Tintagel and stayed in the Castle Hotel as Richard had suggested, three days later he was in Chapel Porth and remembered a Richard's story about a Giant named Boster and the Piskies, in this village the sea is red with Boster blood.Antonio visited other towns and remembered another stories, finally he finished his article but didn't win the competition but the important is that the magazine published it.

Tintagel

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Chapel Porth

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Antonio was in a Thai restaurant with his cousin Louise when she exclaimed that in front of they was sitting David Beckham (he was a player of Manchester United Football Club) and the mentality of Britain people is that a famous is public property (this is very fun) and she went to ask her and Victoria Adams autographs. At night Antonio and Louise went to a fantastic club until 2.00 am. The next day Antonio went to Old Trafford stadium and met David and Steve, they seen an important match.

David Beckham

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He was an English former profesional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid or Paris-Saint Germain. He's married to Victoria Adams from the Spice Girls. Finally, On 16 May 2013,he announces his retirement from the professional football.

Old Trafford Stadium

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This stadium belongs to Manchester United. Manchester United is a football club from the north of England that plays in the Premier League.
Antonio had a friend in Edinburgh since he had 14 because his school had an exchange with a school from this city that is the capital of Scotland.Six years later Antonio went to visit his friend, Martin, and they went to the Martin's flat where there were two flat mates, Paul and Alison.In Edinburgh was Festival time and they went to see it, there were a lot of clowns, mime artists, actors and musicians, they went to see Rowan Atkinson, the next day had a picnic and went to the circus.Martin took Antonio to north for a few days and there went to Dunkeld where despite the bad weather was celebrating the Games, a competition called “Tossing the Caber”, the Cabers were tree trunks.Another day they camp in mountain in the rain and the next day went to see the Loch Ness, to find Nessie.Finally they went to most northern point of Scotland and took the ferry to the Orkney Islands.