Whitby is a seaside town in the northern part of England, and our last stop before Lucy and I head back to London. My visit to Whitby was the 8th day of my Big Blog Exchange adventure.
This town is where Captain James Cook, someone who played a significant role in discovering Australia, learned seamanship. It took me hours to realize that my offshore university was named after him. I guess, the guy from Skins was also named after him.
Anyway, the first thing we did was visit YHA Boggle Hole and meet its lovely manager, Peta.
Welcome to YHA Boggle Hole! :) I’ll tell you more about YHA Boggle Hole (and other YHA hostels) in another post. For now, let’s focus on the wander places.
After the hostel tour, Peta took us to Robin Hood’s Bay. A small village that’s a few minutes away from the hostel and walkable through the beach. Lucky for us, the tide was low that day.
As mentioned, the village is just a few minutes away but it took us a while to get there because I was constantly taking photos. The view was pretty spectacular, especially when I’m just a few meters away from the sea. Water is my element.
Peta also lent us some wellies because our shoes were not ideal for the slippery beach! And that’s me, posing beside a rock. I don’t know why but, obviously, I just want a photo with the view! Hahaha!
A lot of people were chilling along the beach because of the low tide. But if it’s hide tide season, the village is actually unreachable through the beach.
When we finally got there, we went to the sweet shop and ate ice cream. It was bloody windy that day but who cares? It’s ice cream! YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO ICE CREAM.
And I’m glad they’re not so strict with taking pictures because just look at all those yummy goodies! But truth is, I may have a sweet tooth but I’m not really a candy-person.
After eating ice cream, Peta also took us to this cafe to eat cake. I can’t remember what I ordered though, but let’s just say that I absolutely adore her. She’s very accommodating and fun to be with. :) Oh, and she’s also Potterhead!
(And in case they’re reading this, I also adore the YHA Manager of London Central and Stratford)
I don’t know what happened next, but Peta took us somewhere and there were a lot of doors and stuff. I kept walking, talking photos, looking around and all. Peta was constantly sharing information about the town, the area, and their myths and history.
You can read my first (and much more detailed) write-up about Robin Hood’s Bay here.
After filling our tummies with sweets, we went to Whitby to roam around and just talk about life in the UK.
But first, a quick stop to Whitby Abbey.
The Whiby Abbey is ruined Benedictine abbey overlooking the North Sea. But the wall facing the sea is pretty much intact.
This is the view from the Abbey. Just imagine what it is like when the Abbey was still whole, and you can (probably) go up to their tower and look at the sea and town.
Seagulls everywhere. One of them pooped on me because… I’m lucky?
I am absolutely smitten with this town. Whitby is a 5-hour drive from London but I don’t mind living here because it’s has this serene yet fun vibe. But because of its location, I’ll probably migrate, along with the seagulls, to the south during winter. Haha!
P.S. Merry Christmas! :)