Hello lovely people! I have stories to share and if you’d like to hear them you should continue to read! If not….well….then…this is awkward.
Assuming you’re still with me, let me fill you in on Thursday’s classes and an interesting weekend in the quaint little town of Bath.
On Thursday, I woke up ready for an action-packed day of classes. Well I was ready after a little bit of caffeine. First on the agenda was Contemporary Photography Practice. My professor Alex had organized a trip to the Photographer’s Gallery off of Oxford Street. However, instead of taking the tube or a bus to the gallery or even just walking, Alex led us on a merry adventure down the back roads of London….in the rain. In spite of the fact that I looked like a drowned rat by the time we got to the gallery, the walk was really cool! I got to see parts of London I hadn’t before and managed to get some photos to put in my sketchbook for photography.
The gallery itself was interesting. I’m not going to lie; I really didn’t like most of the photographs. I just didn’t like them. However, the top floor was kind of cool. If I had to pick a favorite it would have come from that floor.
After finishing up at the gallery, it was time to grab lunch. On the way to the gallery I had seen a Chipotle, so needless to say I knew what I was getting for lunch. After classes, I went with a few FYSAE people to a magical place called Hamley’s. It’s a 7 story toy store with an amazing milkshake shop on the top floor. They have so many flavors!!! We explored the toy store for a while and then came back to the house.
The next day my friend Becca and I headed out at 7:50 a.m. to grab the tube to Waterloo Train Station to pick up our MegaBus to Bath! I went to Bath the first time over the summer and decided to go back a second time now. After getting to the train station, I realized I had no idea where around the station the bus would be picking us up. So after a quick stop at Starbucks, Becca and I went to talk to the assistance desk to see if he could shed some light on the situation. After informing him that I had reservations on the MegaBus to Bath and asking him where we should wait for it, he kindly informed me that the MegaBus is in fact…..a train…………………………………………..oh. I feel as if I should have figured that out. After finding our way to the actual train station part of the building, my confusing grew. I thought I had to use a kiosk machine to print out my tickets, but then I didn’t have a long enough code for that to work. So then I found another information desk, and that kind man told me where to go and what to do. Eventually, Becca and I ended up on the MegaTran and even though I panicked the entire ride there that we were on the wrong train, we did arrive in Bath on time, without any issues.
Once in Bath we went to the Bath Backpackers Hostel where we had a reservation and stored our luggage there until we were able to check in. In the meantime, Becca and I went exploring the area and stopped at a restaurant called Patisserie Valerie where I ordered scones with tea (YUM!) and Becca ordered a Belgian waffle with chocolate ice cream. The food was delicious and the various cakes and pastries around the store looked equally as delicious.
We then headed back to the hostel and checked in. We were staying in a room that could hold 8 women, and the room was called the Divas room. Originally, I was a little wary about staying in a hostel, but the place was much nicer than I expected. Becca and I shared the room with 2 other girls, and they were perfectly polite. The hostel had a kitchen and a TV room for others to lounge in.
After checking in at the hostel, we had a reservation at a local falconry, which if you’ve never gone to one, I highly recommend it. It’s an incredible experience; I did one last summer and ever since then I’ve wanted to go to another one. Unfortunately, Becca and I didn’t get to go to the falconry. The taxi we took to get there, didn’t know the location and couldn’t find the place, so unfortunately the falconry didn’t happen.
After getting back to the hostel, Becca and I improvised and decided to go shopping around the area. There are so many cute stores there and we had fun perusing the different shops. I ended up buying a ring and a few shirts while we were there.
After spending several hours shopping, we headed out to find somewhere to eat for dinner. We ended up eating in a local pub, which was very busy. After spending a few hours in there we headed back to the hostel for the night.
The next morning we woke up around 9:45, and got ready and then checked out of the hostel. We headed back to Patisserie Valerie for breakfast, and then afterwards headed to the Roman Baths. The Baths were constructed by the Romans back when the Roman Empire spread all the way to Britain. The Baths were a social area as well as a temple. I love ancient history so getting to spend several hours learning about the Romans was fantastic.
After finishing up at the Baths, Becca and I headed to a local restaurant called the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, which was Alice and Wonderland themed and absolutely adorable. The food was good and the staff was so friendly.
After eating there we wandered around the area a little more before grabbing our luggage from the hostel and heading towards the train station. We arrived back at the house around 7 p.m. last night, and the rest of the night was spent lounging around.
Today has been mainly a work day so far. I went for a run this morning down the road with all of the embassies and also explored the nearby park, which was absolutely beautiful. So many dogs and so many herds of runners.
I’m currently sitting in the juice bar Crushh finishing up this blog before I get cracking into my homework. Then tonight I will cheer my Baltimore Ravens to victory in the superbowl. GO RAVENS!!!