It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and for that I am sorry (this is mostly directed at my mom & Ginny..)
I have been busy these past few weeks. My first 3 papers were due (on the same day at the same time..) and I was working hard to get them done because I knew I was going to York for a weekend.
Like I said, I went to York last weekend! Our good family friends, the Rawsons, who used to live in Florida and now live in York, invited me to stay with them for a weekend. I had such a wonderful time – it was like going home for a weekend, which is something I had been missing a lot lately.
Simon, Elaine, and Emma (and Elaine’s Aunt June who was also visiting!) were the BEST hosts and I felt like I was with family the whole weekend 🙂
I took the train there – which was just around 2 1/2 hours long – and had beautiful views as we went further out of London.
I arrived on time, Elaine picked me up from the station, and we headed back to their house, which was beautiful! Elaine and my mom have very similar tastes in decor, so I really felt at home (warning: I going to say “it felt like I was at home” probably a dozen more times in this post!).
The Rawsons live in a tiny village just a few miles outside of the city of York. The countryside is beautiful, and it was nice to be near a city, but not be in a huge bustling city like London. We went into town and did some shopping and walking around, and went to dinner that night, and had such a great time.
Here is a picture of Elaine and I on the Shambles, one of the most famous streets in York.
There was some sort of viking festival happening in town, and Emma and I wanted to take a picture with a guy who was dressed as a viking, but instead he started dressing us up as vikings and took a picture of us!
The next day we did more of the touristy things in York – a bus tour that took us around the whole city – which is literally surrounded by a wall! Before we did the tour and museums, we stopped at Emma’s school, which is VERY old – founded in 627 A.D.
Below are some pictures I took during the day as we walked around!
The next day we went to the coast, specifically Whitby, which is a very cute town with a harbor on the beach. The harbor had a beautiful view of the ocean, and of Whitby Abbey, which is set up on a little cliff.
Whitby is also widely known for being featured in the story of Dracula. There were several stores in town that sold gothic/vampire-like garb, and there is even a tour offered that surrounds the story of Dracula.
Below are some pictures of the beach and harbor!
It was SUCH a lovely weekend, and I am so thankful to the Rawsons for having me. Again, I truly felt like I was at home for the weekend, which I needed.
My sister arrives on Monday, so a lot more to be posting about soon!