Sunday, June 25th, 2017

And So I Went to England


It’s been a bit of a mystery here on Why would Kate completely upend her trip and fly to England, of all places?  A country that isn’t hot, isn’t cheap, and certainly isn’t a convenient stop on the way home?!

Well, it was simple. I was invited.  And I accepted.

Remember my friend Dave from Vietnam?

Dave is a fan of custom pimp suits (like the sweet jacket he’s wearing above) and fears very little — the man won’t hesitate to eat the beating heart out of a live snake in Hanoi, nor will he blanche at being the first person on the dance floor at a club in Nha Trang.

From those facts alone, I knew that when he invited me to England, I couldn’t have anything less than a fantastic time.

I spent two weeks in Chester, northwest England.  And in terms of how much I enjoyed them, those two weeks could go toe to toe with any two weeks in Asia!

England was familiar, but different. I had been to London three times and a bit of southern England as well, but it was only ever for a few days at a time.  In England, I was able to relax while still finding my surroundings new and interesting.

And I had normalcy. A cozy, warm home, a place to which I returned each day.  Pub quizzes, nights out with friends, neighborhood parties, shopping for groceries, strolling around town.  Settling in Chester for a bit was exactly what I needed.

And despite this normalcy, we did quite a bit.

We visited the Duke of Westminster’s summer home, Eaton Hall.

We rowed down the River Dee.

We went to Liverpool…

We road tripped through northern Wales…

And visited York.

We celebrated the Royal Wedding with the neighbors.

And, of course, enjoyed the local nightlife.

And that was Chester — I couldn’t have enjoyed it more!

But before catching my flight home, I spent a few days in London with none other than my Vang Vieng partner in crime, Chris.

England was just perfect.  Spending time here before coming home was a great decision — it gave me time to adjust and wind down from Asia, rather than going cold turkey with a flight back to Boston.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll see more posts about my time in England, and you’ll learn how my newfound Angolphilia, which emerged in Asia, only increased each day.

I can’t wait to share my tales of England with all of you!

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14 Responses to “And So I Went to England”
  1. adriana says:

    Great having friends all around the world, huh?


  2. Anthony says:

    As an Englishman and fan of your blog – I’m so glad you had a great time over here, Kate. Especially after “the incident!” I’m not too many miles from York and it’s a right beauty.

    P.S. Did you try my twitter advice of a cottage pie?

  3. Colehaber says:

    Smart idea. Fun/cool transition back to the states!

  4. As always I read your posts religiously but now I might pay extra attention! I think you visited England during the best time of the year, so going there was definitely a great decision – especially if you had people to visit. I can’t wait to read the rest 🙂

  5. Elle says:

    I love England, it’s such an incredible country. I could go there again and again and never bore of it.

  6. Kate you always look like you are having so much fun! Always smiling great to see you are enjoying yourself. England seems wonderful!

  7. Teresa G. says:

    I was wondering why you were heading towards that way! It’s amazing how you can go just an hour away from London and the scenery is just absolutely different. Love the photographs!

  8. I love Northern England! I had no idea. I went in October 2009 to visit a friend in Leeds, we walked around dales, went to York, saw some castles, ate in a field with some cows, had a lot of pints at a 400 year old pub, and I loved every second of it. It was one of the best and most relaxing vacations I ever had. Fortunately, now she’s getting married, and I’m heading back in August, for a bit longer, and adding a leg up to Scotland for a few days, I can’t wait.

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