A Travellerspoint blog

May 2019

2 Days in Bath

After London, I took a train to another city in England, Bath. I ended up being on the train with 3 girls from my hostel that I'd met the day before so we met up for an early breakfast and headed to the train station together. It was really nice traveling with other people because we ended up having delays on our train and having to transfer in Salsbury to another train. When we arrived in Bath I met up with my friend Morgan, who I'd met in Sri Lanka. We grabbed some street food and then went to put my bags in her apartment. Then we headed back to the city center and she showed me around. Bath is beautiful! It was so much greener than London which I loved and there is a river that snakes around most of the city. We went inside the Abbey and learned about the history of the building. We had tea and Victoria Sponge cake in a really nice cafe. The cafe was built on a bridge with lots of little shops over the river. We also went into a bookshop and an antique map store. Bath is very much a college (or uni) town so there were tons of students everywhere. Here are some pictures of the city center.

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The next day we went to the Roman Baths and the Dyrham House. The Romans had conquered the city and found a natural hot spring so they built a temple and a bathhouse to honor the goddess Sulis Minerva. The ruins are really well kept and the main bath is still full from the hot spring. They built a museum around it and we walked through with an audio guide which was really helpful.

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After the Roman Baths, we drove out to the Dyrham House which was a giant estate built in the 1600s. Even though it was rainy, we walked around the gardens and they were so beautiful! The house even had their own church which we went into. We toured around the house and sampled a 17th-century coffee with mustard and cardamom. I can't say I was a fan but for 17th-century coffee, it was pretty good. I got to try playing the harpsichord which was actually more difficult than I had anticipated. It was different than a piano in that the strings are plucked, like a guitar, not hammered. My favorite room in the house was the ballroom which was filled with paintings of the family members who lived there and had a slightly bouncy floor. Below are pictures of the house, garden, and church.

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So... I'm in London!

Hi Everyone!

It's been ages since my last post but I decided to squeeze in another trip before starting college (or uni as it's called here in London). I was in London for about a day and half. I arrived pretty early in the morning so I spent the day walking around the area I was staying in. I stayed in Soho which has lots of nice shops and beautiful buildings. It was also pretty close to the main tourist destinations which was nice. My first night I was planning to go to bed early when one of my roommates came back. We ended up talking for a while and she suggested we go shopping. As soon as we left we found that all the stores closed early, as it was Sunday night, and a holiday weekend. We ended up walking around for 2 hours! We saw Picadilly Square and Chinatown. As we were walking around Chinatown we saw a man exit a shop with a strange looking dessert. He told us it was the bubblewrap waffle cone and that we "had to get it whilst in London". I'll do my best to accurately describe it. The waffle cone was like bubble wrap but made with waffe, and it was filled with two types of ice cream, fruit, and white chocolate. There was a long line at this place and usually I'm not one to wait in line to get the "internet famous" foods but the girl I walked around with convinced me since apparently it was the thing to do in London! My roommate was really cool and I enjoyed walking around with her. It was nice to have company but she also pushed me to go outside my comfort zone and try new things. Since she was older, she talked to me a lot about what clothes I should try especially when heading into my early twenties (I can't believe I'm saying that). Heres some photos from my first day, and please enjoy the fact that I am posting pictures OF MYSELF! Something I have not typically done and am not usually comfortable doing.

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Day 2
I got up early because our hostel offered free walking tours at 9:30. I got to the lobby early to find out that the tour had already left! Me and another roommate tried to catch up but we couldn't find them. We met several other girls from our hostel who were also looking for the walking tour and together the five of us formed our own tour group. We went around to the major tourist sites via google maps and it was a blast. I got a lot of negative reactions when I decided to stay in a hostel in London but this was exactly the reason I wanted to stay in a hostel. It gave me the opportunity to see the city with other people, rather than alone, and to make friends, even if we had only spent a day together. We saw: Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Big Ben (who was under construction), Westminster Bridge, Palace, and Abbey, and Buckingham Palace. Here's some pictures from these places but they don't do it justice.

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In the afternoon I met up with a friend, Charlie. I met him when I stayed in Thailand and he lives here in London. We hung out for a few hours and I got to meet his girlfriend and her sister. I also got to experience traditional English pub culture as we pretty much sat in a pub along the river for much of the afternoon. I opted for an early night as I had a train to catch the next morning.

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