After the day trip to Brighton, we came to Bath, a place west of London. The train system in the UK is very well-developed compared to that of Canada. Again, that really reminds me of Hong Kong, where there are different types of trains connecting most of the districts. The train we were taking that day was this bright red SouthWest Train. The train was new and nice.
Living in Canada, one of the most peaceful countries in the world, we seldom see these. Living in the UK and the US… a totally different story. I still remember seeing the terrorist attacks on TV a week after I came back to Toronto. I was lucky.
Everyone must have somehow thought about Europe backpacking after graduation. Some friends did it a few years ago and some friends just got back from Europe a week ago. I guess that’s the reason why you see these “chewable toothbrushes” in the washrooms of train stations and airports.
Bath – why is this place called Bath? Because that’s where the royalty and wealthy had bath and spa. Here’s some info about this place.
The city is founded around the only naturally occurring hot springs in the United Kingdom. It was first documented as a Roman spa, although tradition suggests that it was founded earlier. The waters from its spring were believed to be a cure for many afflictions. From Elizabethan to Georgian times it was a resort city for the wealthy. As a result of its popularity during the latter period, the city contains many fine examples of Georgian architecture, most notably the Royal Crescent. The city has a population of over 90,144 and is a World Heritage Site. (more…)
Even though Bath is no longer a place for the royalty and is not limited to the wealthy, it just seems to be such a nurturing and pampering place. A place where people can relax and immerse themselves in literature. While walking around the town, for some reason I turned my head to one of the houses and I saw this – Jane Austen used to live here!
We wandered around the town and felt a bit tired. Afterall, we haven’t eaten anything except some desserts. We went to Waitrose, once of the grocery chains there. Whenever I travel to another country, I love to visit the local groceries. The frozen food are quite different from what we have here in Canada…
While waiting for the train at the station, we were just too happy talking, chatting, laughing… and browsing all the pictures that we’ve taken. Here comes the consequence! The last train to the interchange is leaving!!! Oh NOOOOOOO…
We then went on another train and consult the train manager about how we could get back home w/o paying a fortune. Luckily, there was 1 last train that we can get on and change to another train at another station… then we should be able to get home without staying at the train station overnight. But the change still cost us about 30 sterlings extra.
That was the day 3 of my UK trip.