Hi, everyone! I am finally back within the confines of my home after 3 weeks of travelling around. I wish I could say that I went to different counties that I hadn’t been to before. But since I didn’t have the luxury of time and I had been meaning to visit my closest friends, my Easter Break became a window for me to revisit some of the places that I fell in love with in my first year of uni.
As a student on a tight budget, I knew I had to plan out my itinerary as well as I possibly could, while taking into account the fact that I wouldn’t be able to visit all of my friends.
After weighing the factors that also made it mandatory for me to make certain visits, I decided that my first stop would be York!
The last time I went to York was in January last year and I was alone. You can check out a post on that here. So, you can imagine how excited I was to return to York with Hallie who had always wanted to visit Waly!
On the day of departure, our bus was scheduled to depart from London Victoria Station at 7:30pm, but Hallie and I were still in the tube at 7:15pm. As soon as we got off the tube, we automatically bolted to the coach station which was apparently 10 minutes away from the tube station. Thankfully, we made it to the station unharmed, though I think I must have nearly sprained my ankle.
The next thing we knew was that our bus got delayed… There goes our running for nothing!
Not long after that, we finally boarded the bus and began our long journey to reunite with our best friend in York.
Unfortunately, I forgot to bring along one of my film cameras. So, all the photos throughout my travels this Easter Break were taken on my DSLR.
Day 1: Exploring The City Centre
We visited Westminster Abbey and The Shambles, both of which I have mentioned in a previous travel post (link above). We ended the day with dinner at my favourite Thai restaurant in York.
Day 2: Motivational Forum
Brunei York Society invited me to speak at their annual forum alongside of other final year undergraduates. The topic was mainly on the importance of planning for the future and how to do so. I didn’t get to take much photos, but the new building was absolutely beautiful. After the forum, we went to the main campus where I had been to before. It was nice to see how everything looked familiar.
We also had a bit of a battle with a goose there…
Day 3: Brunch at Brew & Brownie and Trip to Designer Outlet!
We started off our day with having brunch at Brew & Brownie. The cafe was the epitome of rustic and cosy combined. We were lucky enough to get a table!
After enjoying our pancakes, we took a trip to the Designer Outlet where you could literally shop till you drop! Being the broke student that I always am, I trudged on through the stores and constantly reminded myself that I needed to survive for another week of travelling around.
Fortunately for my bank account, I only bought a beautiful tin of Earl Grey Shortbread Biscuits from Whittard.
Remaining Days in York
Hallie went back home on the night before, so Waly and I ended up going to the university to do our respective work for the remaining of my stay in York where I also fell sick completely and you know that that’s the worst thing that can happen while travelling.
The next morning, I was on my way to meet Aisyah in Birmingham.
Overall, even though I didn’t feel well throughout my time there, it was also one of the best times that I ever had this year, especially with our trio finally together in York.
Until the next adventure,