The uneven ground, calm waters, and massive livestock, are the epitome of northern England. It’s absolutely beauty and so unreal. For nine days, I felt like I was in a dream and I didn’t want to wake up. Honestly, I would’ve stayed if I got the chance. I remember walking around and annoying Paula, because I’d continuously sing that lyrics “living in a dream world” from my favorite band.
The Lake District, Ambleside, Keswick, Fleetwood, Blackpool, Lytham, Skipton, Harrogate, York, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Liverpool were all of the places I got to visit and/or drive through. I might be missing a few names, but you get the picture.
My first day in the United Kingdom was the best. That was the day I got to see Paula for the first time in nearly three years! I didn’t even have to look for her, I heard her squealing laughter as soon as I got my luggage. That was also the day I met her loving husband and most of her in-laws.
The second day we tackled Keswick! We drove through the Lake District and Ambleside to get to Keswick, and everything was something out of a dream. Once we got there, we had a cute little picnic in a field of sheep along the lakeside. There Pippa chased a mother sheep and her babies and I got to relax with Paula. We also went to the market (where I bought authentic wool socks) and took lots of pictures.
The days began to blur together with all of the good times and pure happiness I experienced. I can honestly say, the time I spent in England was much needed. I was blessed enough to be able to meet some wonderful people. Thad (Paula’s husband) has a very colorful family that I will never forget.
Some days Paula and I would hop in the car and drive to places near or far, or all three of us would hang out. I had to pleasure of meeting Thad’s grandparents… they are the epitome of posh fabulousness. They were super sweet, but you can tell that had experienced the finer things in life.
One of the highlights of the trip was my birthday dinner. I was surrounded by people that I’d only known for a short time (not including Paula), but I was happy and felt extremely comfortable. I tried lamb for the first time (it tasted like steak) and snails (wouldn’t recommend). I also received a cute gift from Chanel (a mirror and perfume) and beautiful card.
All in all, the trip was exactly what I needed. I didn’t want to say goodbye to my longtime friend, nor did I want to leave the rainy country. But, I dragged all of my bags, filled with souvenirs, through the airport and started the long journey home.
Thank you, if you made it this far, and thank you Paula and Thad for hosting me… and getting my hooked on Game of Thrones.