I know the updates of my European adventures have been few and far between, but finding internet access is a lot harder when you’re living out of a backpack and sleeping in a room with ten people. I stayed for a week and a half in London and, aside from the overwhelming influence of American culture, the place is beautiful and filled with nothing but friendly people. I only encountered generosity in its truest form there, and I thank all those who made my time so fun. The biggest highlight of my time in the UK, though, was not in London at all. It was at Tanworth-in-Arden, in fact, that I had my most refreshing — if a tad morbid — experience thus far. This small village is the birth and death-place of possibly my favorite artist of all time, Nick Drake. It was only right to pay my respects to the man whose songs have dominated my musical landscape for so many years.
If you’d like to visit Tanworth-in-Arden, take a train from London’s Euston Station to Birmingham, about 2 hours north. At Birmingham, cross the street to the Moor St. train terminal and catch another train towards Stratford-upon-Avon and stop at Danzey. This was another 20 to 30 minutes. Make sure you let the train driver know that you want to stop at Danzey because, as I quickly found out, the stop was in the middle of a cow pasture and no one ever gets off there. Take a right out of the Danzey train platform and walk a mile down a single-lane road where you’ll see the church steeple of Tanworth. The grave is behind the church. If you need a place to stay, I’d recommend the Bell Inn which is actually the only food/pub/lodging/sign of life in the entire village.