When I got hired for my current job here in Singapore, my first goal was to save enough money so I could visit London in 2013. I’ll admit, I was making some crazy promises back then because I started working in December. But I knew, deep in my heart, that I will one day visit England no matter what.
Then on March 9, 2013, on a stroke of pure luck, I found the Big Blog Exchange website. I remember freaking out while reading the mechanics because it was a contest about blogging and traveling — two things I’m so passionate about! Albeit still a factor, the contest was also not purely based on popularity and that made me giddy because nobody else knew (at least, within my blog network) about the contest yet and I felt like I had a chance. In fact, I was the third Pinoy who joined the contest. With the help of family, friends and supportive readers, I got to be one of the 16 bloggers to go somewhere for 10 days. At that point, I didn’t care where I was going but the Universe to fulfill my long time wish and sent me to the United Kingdom. :)
Six months has passed since I left the UK. It was truly an adventure that still feels like a dream.
I’ve been traveling a lot before, but it was only in England that I realised that no amount of beautiful pictures and words can fully describe or do justice to the things I’ve seen. During this trip, I’ll admit that there were a lot of breathtaking moments that were undocumented because you just really need to experience and savour those moments. But I hope that by sharing to you bits and pieces of this adventure, it’ll inspire and encourage you to see the world and sleep with unfamiliar stars.
Whew! That was long, but I won’t hold you any longer. I know you all wanted to see the photos and here they are! These are the photos I took while I was in York. York is a bit far from London but I guarantee you, the place is soooo worth the visit! I personally think York is like a tamer version of London.
To give you a brief intro, York is a walled city that lies in the North Yorkshire region of England. The city or area was founded by the Romans in 71AD (according to Wikipedia) and was a backdrop in major political events. York is also considered the most haunted city in England, if not Europe, due to the number of ghost sightings ever recorded.
Inside entrance the York Minster. The York Minster is a cathedral in York and the highest of its kind in England. This place is huge, so I decided not to join the tour because I want to see the whole city, too.
This might be a preposterous thing to say but I truly believe that I belong in the UK. Reason #1? They love sweets and ice cream!
One day, I’ll live here. Wait and see!
What did I tell you? Ice cream!
Clifford’s Tower or the remnants of York’s Castle. As mentioned earlier, York is full of history. Of course, most of them were either sad or gruesome. In 1190, a lot of Jews were massacred here. I can’t remember where exactly, but I believe you can still see remnants of the ashes of the fire inside.
The view from the tower.
After walking all the way to Clifford’s Tower (I honestly have no idea how I got there by foot cause I just kept walking), I took the tour bus to see the rest of the city. I’m glad I did because it started raining, too.
The walls of York
The gates of the walled city. The blue store there, I believe, sell music stuff and old cameras. :) After the tour, I decided to go back to the hostel to rest.
After the tour, I decided to head back to the hostel to rest. But not before I walked around their massive park!
Dad and son bonding.
River Ouse, I believe.
Since York is known as the most haunted city in England, it is a must to join their Ghost Walk tours. This bloke was our tour guide for the evening, and he was quite entertaining.
Now, I’m not gonna tell you what happened to the tour because I want you to join it next time you’re in the city. But I can tell you that the last story scared me to bits.
Please follow my photo/travel blog because I’ll definitely post more photos soon! Until next time, my little dreamers! xo