Hello, humans of the internet! I’ve decided that I’m going to start posting on Saturdays instead of Fridays because it’s a little less hectic for me seeing as I’m still in school. So welcome to the new official day that Dys-Adventures is going to come out. I have about a hundred things that I want to talk about and it took a really long time for me to decide. As you may have guessed, I decided to write about my adventures in Yorkshire last weekend. I hope that y’all enjoy reading about them and return to read about the rest of my adventures. I have had so many adventures in just the past week as I have been trying to cram all of the things that I wanted to do but haven’t done yet before I leave on the 18th. Before I get too sad about that, Let’s jump into my adventures in Yorkshire!
Through the university that I’m attending I heard about a program called HOST UK. This is a program that pairs students with host families that they stay with for a weekend. Here is the link to their website if you find yourself being an international student in the UK: HostUK. I along with another girl, Huana, was paired with a very kind couple whose names are Eric and Marie in Leeds. We did so much. Over the weekend, we celebrated Thanksgiving which was almost exactly like going home just with different people, we explored around York, Leeds, and some of the smaller places in Yorkshire. I decided that since it would be impractical to talk about every second that would be the world’s longest blog post and you would be very bored. So, I’m going to focus on the York Minster, Knaresborough Castle, and Brimham Rocks.
An apology for my photography today, I forgot my camera in London so I took them all on my phone.
This is the York Minster. It was a very foggy day as usual here. It is hard to see in a picture just how huge this building really is. I had to sit down and tilt my phone all the way back and I still couldn’t get the whole building in frame. I think that’s the idea though. Not that the architects in the late 1300’s were thinking “I want to build a church that is too big to fit on a smart phone camera.” But the point was to look up to heaven and you do, at least I did. It was impossible to look at this huge building and not strain your neck looking at the sky in wonder. It was so awe-inspiring to be stand in a building that people have been standing in for over 600 years.
I know I was only going to talk about three things and this wasn’t on the list, but I found this picture in my camera roll when I was going through pictures trying to find the one of the York Minster. This was a small dark church that was tucked away and in my opinion the most beautiful church I’ve ever been in. Something about it made me want to dance. It was so welcoming in it’s strange way, it’s hard to describe. I guess I felt like God was there. It was a place of worship and it made you want to worship. You can, or at least, I could feel His presence in the dark and unassuming church with the bell reading ring for peace. If I ever make it back to the UK, I really want to revisit this church. I believe this church is called Holy Trinity Church.
This is Knaresborough Castle or at least what’s left of it. It is a park in and around the ruins of the castle that once stood there. Although there is almost nothing left, what is left has such amazing detail, one can almost imagine what it would have looked like hundreds of years ago when it was still in use. For perspective, this castle is older than Henry V which seems pretty old to me. Just imagine all the things that this walls have seen. All the hands that have touched these stones. If walls could speak, these would have stories to entertain listeners for years. On a lighter note, the view of the river was amazing. Those Brits a thousand years ago picked a beautiful location. (probably because it was easier to defend, but still it’s great.)
Finally, Brimham Rocks. I loved this place. It’s just a walking trail through tons of boulders that were super fun to climb on. It may not seem all that exciting, but let me tell you this was great. I got all the way to the top of several of the rocks. There’s not much to say about this, so I’m just going to add in a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!
I hope that you enjoyed hearing about my time in Yorkshire. It is easily my favorite place that I’ve been to. Which is strange considering how much I hate being cold. Have you ever been to Yorkshire? Did you like it? What is your favorite place of all the places that you have been? Is it really far away or your own bedroom? Right about now, my own bed sound really nice. Until next week, much love