Spinny Rings and Souvenirs

Trip Start Jan 18, 2012
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Trip End Jun 27, 2012


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Friday, April 13, 2012

It's a little difficult to explain my feelings about water. So I put it in a book (the usual). On one hand, I realy don't really like water. For some rather inexplicable reason I can't deal with a lot of water around me: washing my face is a bit of a trick, especially when I have a cold because then my body freaks out that I can't apparantly breath. I also don't water deeper than my neck, and even that is unpleasant. Al'terrians feel that way a little at least, to lesser or greater extent, and while they might eat fish or sail, they do so very much within sight of land. On the other hand, I'm very fascinated with water on a whole and seeing the ocean, or river, or bridges over a river, or any sort of bay, is beautiful to me. I'd argue that the Vey take this to the extreme, because they essentially worship the water, but it's the best sort of example I can come up with as I'm sitting here on the train to York, looking East over the water. It is so very gorgeous at this distance and I wouldn't mind going down to the shores.

We got up at something like 7:15, did the last of the packing up. The room was a bit cold, so I pulled out the heater and warmed our clothes over it. I also got everyone's breakfast order and went down to get us a table. The water brought me my tea and I'm always very grateful to have a good cup of breakfast tea with my morning. Hurrah. After our breakfast, we grabbed our bags and signed the guestbook and left to catch the train down Princes St. It was a nice sunny morning. We stopped at the mall so Noeloni could pick up something. Did I tell you I bought something yesterday? Well I did, somewhere in my travels. There's a few people I have to buy for, and I want to get them things that aren't fridge magnets and postcards. Things that people would actually appreciate and say 'that's legitimately cool'. It takes a bit of doing, but I saw something yesterday where I said 'yes, #person would probably appreciate this'. Yah. Some exploring later, found out the mall is virtually attached to Waverly (the train station) so we walked through with our silly suitcases, got to platform 2 and loaded up. The train had likely been there a while already and so I was pretty nervous we wouldn't be able to put our suitcases anywhere. With some rearranging we did and found our places: the exact same seats we had last time but this time I'm facing backwards. That doesn't phase me as much as it bothers mom. Tons of sheep and absolutely gorgeous landscape. It's a shorter ride and the plan is to walk to our B&B, then go to the York minster for more of the day. Tomorrow we're going to Flamingoland.

We lack for suitable things to do on the train, I started in on a reread of Guy Kay's 'The Summer Tree' which is part of the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy. It's a bit of a jarring opening but I recall liking it although there is one weird sacrificial death I never understood.

Which reminds me, the next thing me and Sara should try is interviewing each other's characters. Could be good. She's in Rome right now with the flu: feel better!

We got into York just shy of noon and went directly to our B&B. I'm loving this B&B thing and I'd recommend it as the way to travel. I drew us a map but we had real maps, I just like mine better. British cities do have signs if you know where to look and the touristy ones have plenty of maps and street signs. We got there without too much difficulty, save for heavy luggage at worst, and were ushered in and greeted by a kind man and his blind dog. Our rooms are on the bottom floor and have wi-fi (yes!). We immediately set our stuff down and went to the minster. It's a gorgeous building, larger than Salisbury catehdral, huge stained glass everywhere, blocks being carved. In the basement there's a chalice with a 32ct diamond. Bizarre and fascinating. Lots of pictures. We even checked acoustics in a few places (read: sang in harmony).

We spent the rest of our afternoon wandering around tiny shops and boutiques and markets, wandering around. I found a guy from Halifax (UK, not Canada) who makes original silver pieces, and got a ring for myself. It's pretty awesome and I'm very happy with that. We also stopped in for some afternoon tea (tea, sandwiches, cake), which was quite nice. It passed for our dinner.

Seeing as tomorrow we want to go to Flamingoland, we knew we had to catch a bus so I spent some time at homing trying to read the bus schedule and route. I've been to other cities that make much more sense though admittedly I haven't worked out Bristol's because I don't have to, and it's quite unreliable. We asked our host for directions to the nearest stop, which he gave us, so mom and I went up for a walk to see it and get Noeloni something to munch on. I'm still very full from tea. We also needed more cash for the bus. We have to catch the bus quite early tomorrow and while I'm all for that, I'm not sure if my sister is. She watched some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory while mom and I watched 'Say Yes to the Dress'. The internet suddenly became very patchy so I'm writing this from a file instead of directly onto the blog.

Must resist all things Starkid until I get home Sunday evening *scrunches up face* Maybe even Monday morning. Maybe I'll dedicate Monday to washing laundry and Starkid. STARKID

As a side thought, I think I'm going to buy myself one awesome thing from All Saints before I come home. I really do love that store so much.

I apologize for lack of pictures. I have some but don't have good enough internet to upload, so I'll do that when I'm in a better wireless spot but it might not be until I get back home to Bristol in 48hr. Never fear, there are many pictures.

Lots of love from York,

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