I did make it it to London! Don’t worry everyone! You really think I would have gone to the UK for 6 months and not make it to London??? I want more time, I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to, and my phone died so I have no pictures, because of course of I don’t. So this post is fairly short. In London when switching trains I met someone from Reston! How weird! It’s a small world after all is playing in the background. As my birthday present, Edward and I went to see Les Mis, on West End and it was beyond amazing. Words cant explain how amazing it was. It was well worth the wait, to finally see it live. In case anyone doesn’t know, I’ve been obsessed with it since the movie came out in 2012, so it was nice to see it!


I’ve been holding off on this post, because what I had originally had written I felt guilty about posting so soon after the terrorist attack. But here goes nothing. Manchester is a perfectly nice city. I recommend everyone to go to Manchester at least once. There is a train that takes you right to their airport which was convenient. However Bill Byrson got it right, when he said there’s nothing particularly memorable.

It was the last day of my mom’s visit, and we only had just less than 18 hours in the city on a bank holiday, so we didn’t get to see everything, and I’m sure there are memorable parts. Like I said it’s a lovely city, spent a weekend there by all means, it’s great to visit. I just can’t think of anything other than Cat Cafe that stuck out. However I also saw a Cathedral to add to my count. What I started to notice about Cathedrals in the UK, is they’re all built the same, and they all look the same, the only thing that really varies in the size of them.



This is Bert. Bert is a cross eyed kitty. Bert was my favorite.


Castle Count: 13

Cathedral Count: 15

A little R&R

After my mom left, I all of a sudden had nothing to do, and no one to do nothing with. So I called up my lovely Mollie, and asked if I could spend a few days with her in Liverpool, and  while we didn’t so much, and it was mostly rest and relaxation, here are some pictures from when we finally ventured out.



This bookstore had a kitty it made me very happy.




I was a very excited American while visiting Chester. There are so many ruins ( ROMAN) and others I was going crazy. The architecture was very Tudor (not that I know what that means) . This was Chester, which is in Cheshire (fun names) which is JUST outside of Wales. It was just over an hour on the train, and I want to go back when its warmer so I can do a canal walk. I mean look how beautiful this was in the dead of winter!

So a little context with the “excited American” picture which pretty much describes me anytime I go anywhere… We were looking at these ruins of a cathedral (I’m not adding that to the cathedral count because it’s not full) and I had a minor freak out about how old and cool everything is. The old Cathedral had a coffin in the walls! It was super high up too so it was interesting. I took a picture of the sign that explains its brief history


Also since Chester was a town occupied by Romans there are remains of a mini theater that was in the city. The cathedral was huge! There was no way to get a picture of the full thing. It looks a lot like the one in Bangor just a lot larger.


Other tid bits, when we were walking around I saw this alley and I thought I might die (not really I’m dramatic).

They had an “American Candy World.” Which to it’s credit did have American Candy but I wouldn’t count on it being too similar. If you ever wanted to know what the UK thought of American sweets here’s your answer.

The cathedral count takes the lead with 1 (but should it be two because of the ruins?)

Cathedral Count: 4

Castle Count : 3


***Also side note if a place has a cathedral it’s considered a city! That’s a weird interesting fun fact.***


We traveled to the home of the Beatles and to where the titanic departed from on it’s maiden (and only voyage). The Liverpool football(soccer) team had  a game against Swansea (Wales) I wish I was able to see it but unfortunately we had to purchase tickets in advanced. I will make it to a football game while I’m here! We started out our day at the Titanic Museam where we learned about the construction of the ill-fated ship, and what ultimately lead to it’s down fall. (Apparently if they hit the iceberg head on the ship would have been damaged but not sunk).

From the museum we saw the only surviving life vest from the titanic.



We took the trek ( lots of walking in the UK) to the cavern club. Which is the first place the Beatles ever performed.


Additionally we saw the Liverpool library which looked old from the outside but very new from the inside. They have a “wall of fame” and you can see the Beatles dead center under the plaque.



Liverpool was interesting it kind of reminded me of Boston and Pittsburgh. There’s a lot of old buildings (the city was discovered in the 1200’s after all), but next to an old building there would be a modern one. The perfect example of this is the cathedrals (I’m adding a cathedral count with my castle count.)


There was the Catholic Cathedral that is built like a dome, and was started before the second world war but was abandoned and bombed, so when it was rebuilt they built it modern. I could be wrong but I don’t think you’ll find another cathedral in world like the catholic one.


Then just down the street through the trees is the Anglican cathedral. We saw it much sooner before we reached it.



All in all Liverpool was very impressive and I intend to go back when it isn’t as cold! The cathedral count takes the lead!

Castle Count: 2

Cathedral Count: 3

Update: My best friend is from Liverpool I ended up spending a week with her!