I have to admit that despite loving my Mini Cooper, I have never been a person who enjoys driving and was thrilled to spend the summer using public transportation. I used the Tube in London, the Metro in Paris and the buses in Edinburgh, as well as many, many trains. In Nottingham, there is a tram that runs through the city centre. I took the tram back and forth to school, to Tesco, to the pubs and shops. And each time I walked to my tram stop, I would pass a house and see this determined little squirrel eating out of a bird feeder by hanging on to it upside down!
Forgive the lapse in postings, I’ve had a million things going on since I returned home. I was thinking of York today, and how I was only there a short while ago. I really enjoyed my day in this medieval town. I have to admit, after a hectic month of traveling we had run out of steam by the time we got to York. We started our day with a tour of York Minster, but instead of the museums we’d planned to visit, we spent the afternoon in Betty’s Tea Room people watching and lingering over our decadent tea service. We then shopped the stores along the Shambles, an old shopping area where the top stories of building hang into the streets. We ended our day by walking along the old town wall that surrounded the original city center. It was a great day and I definitely plan to visit York again when I have more time to explore all of its treasures.
I have been home a few days now, and am still suffering from a combination of jet lag and whatever this bug is I’ve had all month. I have spent as much time as possible doing absolutely nothing, which feels wonderfully indulgent after the busy month I had in England. Thank you all for following along as I lived out this adventure. Once my head stops spinning I will post a few reflections on my experience, more photos and the like. For now, I’m going to go curl up on the couch with my dogs and watch some movies!
A big group of us ended up going out for a last pint… well pints and shots ensued and we just got kicked out of two pubs… hee hee. I’ve stayed out of trouble all month, but the last night we get in trouble! I am now trying to vacuum and I’m tipsy, bad decision all around. I may regret this post tomorrow too, but here it is for you, in the spirit of sharing. Cheers!
My time here in Nottingham is coming to an end, sad to say. The past few days have been busy with school wrapping up, traveling in my free time, getting packed and cleaning my flat. I am headed back to London tomorrow, so this is my last night in Nottingham. I tried to post photos last night of my day in York (tried three times actually), but there were technical difficulties and now I am just plum out of time to do it. I’m not sure when I will next have internet access, so the next time you hear from me I may by back on my side of the pond. But I will post more photos and share more about my experience once I am back in Arizona and in my ‘real’ life. It is going to be weird adjusting back to my old ways (like driving a car, eating Mexican food, having my dog with me, etc.) but I am ready to go home. This experience has been a great adventure, lots of ups and downs, and one that I will never forget. It is too soon to process all that I’ve been through, but for now I can say that I have loved living in England, and I am just as excited to go home. After a few weeks of decent sleep, I may have more interesting insights to share!
So for now, cheerio one last time from jolly old England! I am off for a farewell pint.
Thanks for sharing this adventure with me- K
Just got home on the late train from London. We had a fun, but long day, so you are just going to have to excuse me if I don’t post any photos right now. We toured Buckingham Palace, had a nice lunch there in the garden, went to Westminster Abbey, saw the British Gallery at the Victoria & Albert Museum, dashed through Harrods and finished off with steak and ale pies at a pub. Whew… I’m off to bed now, or else I won’t be on that train to York tomorrow.
I visited Stratford-Upon-Avon today, the town where Shakespeare was born and married. I have been here before, so I skipped the Shakespeare Birthplace House and went instead to the cottage of Anne Hathaway, his wife. It is a thatched cottage with the prettiest English garden. We had a blast taking photos of all the beautiful flowers and running from the huge bees. We also enjoyed some pasties and ice cream before catching the train back home in the rain. Tomorrow we are headed back to London.
Today we took a group trip to Whitby, a coastal town on the North Sea. There is a lovely ruined abbey and lots of places to get ice cream, but it was sort of a boring day. Maybe I’m just cranky because we spent over seven hours on a bus… Tomorrow should be better. I’m headed to Stratford-Upon-Avon with my friends.