So I’m officially a UK resident as of last week!  Sounds strange to say, but it is true.  The unpacking and exploring have begun!

I’m really enjoying my time here so far, wandering the shops, having tea and meeting new people.  Attempting to find things in the grocery store has been moderately successful, and I’m definitely going to miss having a dryer that dries clothes effectively.  But, so far so good!

One cat has successfully made the trip across the pond…the other is waiting on some paperwork.  The drop off at Newark Liberty airport was relatively easy, popping into the Petsafe terminal, filling out paperwork, paying the fees and off she went.  She arrived unscathed at the other end.  Physically that is.  I’m pretty sure she was somewhat traumatized from flying.

Last weekend, we drove up to Carlisle to see the castle and cathedral there.

Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle

The weather wasn’t spectacular but we enjoyed being outside and exploring a new town, and grabbing lunch at a local restaurant. The Carlisle Castle is part of the English Heritage, which we are looking at joining next year since it gets you into many historic sites around the country, castles, churches, and even Stonehenge.

In the near future, we’ve got trips planned to London, Ireland, and Edinburgh.  It’s amazing how those are weekend getaways now.

Useful things we found in planning these trips:

For London, the two for one admission to many popular sites with a train ticket: http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/

For rail travel in general: the Two Together rail card gets you savings when you consistently buy tickets with the same person. We found this out after we booked all of our train tickets for the rest of the year. But I’ve talked to people who use it, and they say it’s great. http://www.twotogether-railcard.co.uk/

Any advice on what to see on these weekend breaks?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam says:

    Amanda, definitely check out the city of Bath! It’s crazy to be in England, but feel like you are in Ancient Rome!

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    1. Thanks Sam! I’ll definitely try to get there some time next year, it sounds awesome.


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