Since I was doing such a bucket list trip I had to visit beautiful Bath!
I had Bath on my list, mostly because my cousin Michael is there playing rugby and I hadn’t seen him in a few years! Bath is two hours away from London, and an hour-ish away from Cardiff, so really it was going to be on the way if I planned it right. Which, I did, on purpose.
I’d seen some of my cousin’s pictures online and thought it looked like one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen! Turns out, it was.
This sleepy little town, with it’s beautiful stone buildings, cute little shops and quaint town square really stole my heart.
Bath is so very British, in the best possible way.
I spent my days walking about and exploring the town and quaint shops while my cousin had rugby training, and then we spent the afternoon and evening just hanging out and catching up. It was so nice to just relax and not be on the go so much for the first time in the 3 week trip. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit on the couch with your cousin and a cup of tea and talk about anything and everything. Nothing beats family time!
Saying good bye was hard, especially when you don’t know when you’ll see each other again. It could be one year, it could be 5, although I much prefer the former! I am so proud of him for following his heart and putting so much into his rugby career. Ever since he was at prep, being the little rugby star that he is, he was so focused and driven and he wasn’t even 13! I am so glad that all of his hard work has paid off.
I had to see what all of the fuss was about Sally Lunn’s buns. When I got there it was really busy with all of us tourists. I went up to the second level and ordered a cappuccino and a chocolate bun. It was really delicious, but something that once you’ve done it you won’t go again. Happy to tick it off the list!
It is also the oldest house in Bath so I feel like you have to visit it. There were a few other things to do in Bath, but I read about them and decided to rather go shopping at Primark, again, and to just take things slow. I had done SO much traveling in the last 2.5 weeks that it was nice to not have a plan. To walk around, grab a coffee, venture down side streets, have an ice cream, sit in a park, it was exactly what I needed.
After Bath, I took the train to London and had a full day in London before flying out of Heathrow that night. I went straight to Paddington station and paid to store my luggage for the day. I then took the tube into central London to meet up with my cousins and meet their baby! It was the perfect end to my amazing trip! We went for coffee and met up with our second cousin Richard (which wasn’t planned but was amazing), and then we got gelato and walked to the park. After that it was back on to the tube to Paddington to grab my bags and head to Heathrow to check in. Then the trek back to South Africa.
I had such an amazing, full trip of exploring new countries and ticking things off my bucket list. It was all thanks to my mom, or it wouldn’t have been such a grand trip.
Here’s to traveling and growing, one city at a time
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