“One stage of your journey is over, another begins,” Gandalf.
This morning, I bid farewell to Bath (I said goodbye to Becky last night) and made my way by rail to York via a quick transfer in Bristol. During the four hours from Bristol to York, I was able to do my yearly State of My Life aka State of the Union journal recap. I can be lax with journaling, but when I take my yearly trip, I like to honestly look at the different areas of my life. It’s not always pretty, but it is at least honest. One of my goals for when I get back is to get back into journaling. Just writing things down and out works wonders.
I did a little drifting off to sleep. I was so determined to go to bed early last night, but alas, it wasn’t until 1:00. Tonight, I plan to go to bed early and set my alarm to make breakfast hours. The choices look great. Full English. Pancakes/bacon. Lighter choices. I also want to make the first York city walk tour to help me further orientate.
I enjoyed watching the countryside roll by. One of the guides from Bath said that a huge portion of the land is purposely not developed or built on.
I got to the train station and headed to where I am staying. I went out a different exit than my directions, so I got a little turned around. I was set straight by a local taking a cigarette break from her job. I got to my room and settled in. I am staying at a pub. I wanted to catch some daylight to get orientated, so I could hit the ground running tomorrow. Now that I know where I am, the walking directions from Mapquest could have been much simpler.
I will say I am in a good area. A 15-minute walk to the city center. I have a straight shot into it, which is good. Since I know where York Minister is now, I can use that as a beacon if I ever get turned around. I went to a prayer service there tonight. It was nice. I sat next to a local who chatted with me. And the people who sat in front of me are from Bend, Oregon. I was like I just met a lady from Bend when I was in Bath.
Anyway, today was a travel day and getting orientated. Nothing much to report. Tomorrow, I should be up and at them with lots to see. I may try to do a day trip to the Lake District at some point. Otherwise there are some museums I want to check out.
I have been watching the show the Vikings, and even though some of the timing of the characters is off, the people did exist.
During the times of the Romans, York was known as Eboracum and was the northern most city of the empire. During my trip to Wales some years back, I went to the western most city in the empire. One point of interest to me is what is left of Hadrian’s Wall, but I think I would have a better connection there next time I am in Edinburgh. The Romans feared the Scots, so the wall was built. At some point in time, Constantine was proclaimed emperor. York then became Eoforwic and the capital of Northumbria, which was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom. The Vikings took the city and named it Jorvik. There is a Viking museum I want to go to here. Then enter the Normans and the rest is history as they say. But I like the stories behind the development of what is now England. The priest tonight actually mentioned King Alfred, and it made me smile because I believe he will have a big role in Vikings when it starts Nov. 28.
York certainly has a quicker pace than Bath, but I think I will enjoy it. It has a very good vibe. I normally get dinner from a grocery store (I had a yummy Cornish pastry from one last night), but tonight I ate at one of Rick Steves’ recommended cheap eats. It was on the way home.
Edits when I get home.