Thursday, September 22, 2011

Because London isn't cool enough...

...We went to Scotland and the Lake District for the week!
First stop: Chatsworth House
We all know the amazing shot in Pride and Prejudice of Mr. Darcey's house. Well I went there. But of course to our luck they were renovating the front famous shot of it. Yay for big white tarps!
The inside of the house was amazing
Every ceiling was covered in huge murals and the walls were decked out in fancy wall paper.
The art work and sculptures were something else, it could have been a museum for how much they had.
Look familiar?
The gardens were absolutely stunning! 
They were so huge you would get lost without a map.
I definitely wouldn't mind living there.
After seeing the most gorgeous elegant house I've 
ever seen we drove a few hours to our hostel
I wanted to turn around and go back to Chatsworth as soon as I took a step in. It smelt like D.I. x100849856 it was disgusting. I'm usually pretty open to new experiences but that was more than I could handle that night. But I made it through the night and back on the bus.

Next Stop: Hadrian's Wall
It wouldn't be study abroad in England without rain and wind! 
The first 30 minutes were miserable it was so cold!
Luckily it cleared up real fast and made it that much more fun to look at stones on the ground that use to be something years ago. Great experience.
This was part of the bath house,
not really sure what the function of the holes are 
but it made for a great picture!
I'll give it some credit though it was absolutely gorgeous there
and the old stone buildings and and remains of the wall were actually pretty cool.
Back to the bus!

Next Stop: Edinburgh, Scotland
Once we arrived we dropped our stuff off at the hostel 
then we were off to hike Arthur's Seat.
They told us it would probably be a little windy. 
The higher we went the more windy it got.
Every step it would seriously push you back.
The top was an adventure in of itself. 
We're talking like 70mph wind.
At times we had to drop to the ground just so we wouldn't fall over.
I was laughing so hard at times I thought I would pee my pants. 
It was a rough go. But I  LOVED every second of it!
If you watch the movie One Day with Anne Hathaway this is the hill at the end of the movie they were walking up.

Smart City Hostels. 
Definitely changed my views on the Hostel situation.

I'm pretty sure they stuck us in the crappiest hostel the first night so that anything after that we would think everywhere else we stayed was great.
This Hostel was the ultimate teenage hang out spot!
We mad lots of new German and Scottish friends in Bar50 that was located below us. 

Edinburgh Castle 
Unbelievable. It was a full on castle. 
The whole town is like walking through a fairy tale!
I felt like I was in Shrek walking through the kingdom.

The Elephant House
I didn't even know this was in Scotland. Oops!
So glad I got the chance to go! 
It was the cutest little restaurant!
The food was delicious
and the walls were covered in pictures of elephants.
Harry Potter Bathroom
Don't worry of course I signed the wall!
and I couldn't help but to bring Babe Heaven to Scotland :)
Scotland was great. I would love to go back and spend more time there. I will be back!
Thursday morning... back on the bus!

Next Stop: The Lake District
Our religion teacher warned us that it would be raining and cold the entire time we are there and it'd be a miracle if we saw the sun...
We got there and it was the most beautiful warm sunny day!
They sent us out hiking to explore the beautiful country side.
It was gorgeous! 
Rolling hills filled with sheep and cows and awesome views of the lake. The little towns are adorable with cute little shops and houses on the hills. 
I could see myself living there!
We stayed at this cute little hostel up on the hill that felt like a cabin. It was great! Except for the fact that the fire alarm went off all night. Who needs sleep anyway?

William Wordsworth
[Dead persons house #1]
The Dove Cottage house #1
Then we made the trek in the rain to house #2
Rain boots = Life savors.
I found my tombstone while we were 
looking at Wordsworth's grave.
After a long day of Wordsworth history and playing in the rain
we made our way back to the bus.

Next Stop: Best Western Hotel
Hotel for the night? Yeah, not even mad.
Own room? Life couldn't be better.

Last Stop: Brantwood, John Ruskin's home
[Dead persons house #2]
It was our last day of our Northern tour 
and we were all exhausted
We had one last stop to make. Of course it was pouring!
So we got dropped off at the trail head and we made the hike in.
Let me just paint this picture for you
45+ people mostly girls hiking through the pastures 
in the pouring rain. Slushing through swamps of mud and water that went up half way up our calves, not to mention all the cows around so there was the added in factor of pooh all over the place. 
But we made it! [Very wet and probably smelly]

You really can only see so many dead author's houses before they all kinda just look the same to you.

Luckily the gardens were really pretty and the rain let up
We made our way down to the lake and it was absolutely gorgeous.
A perfect ending to a great week.

Everyday I wake up and I get to have another adventure in this amazing place. I'm so lucky to get to see all these places around Europe and gain a better understanding and love for these people. I couldn't be more blessed.

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