Team Straya in Viking-land
29/8/14 - 29/8/14
A bit of a staggered start today - it seemed that the time of getting up roughly correlated to the time of going to bed last night... Maya went for a run (because she's amazing), while the Buccas and O'Bennetts wandered into town. We found Pat's own personal pub (O'Neill's), and then met up with Steph, Kristie and Maya for a mission to York.
We admired Yorkminster from outside, found Belinda's own personal cafe, and then had lunch at the York Arms, which was an experience in itself. Singing and shouting staff, a chocolate syrup beer, and a passing religious parade - what more could you ask?
We accidentally discovered York's Chocolate Story, and walked along the city walls in our quest to find the Jorvik Viking Centre. After a bit of faffing about, we were sent back in time to the viking era, riding through the re-created viking village (including a Bruce Willis viking look-a-like) and then learning about the various relics and artefacts - including some well-preserved faecal matter. Charming. That was Steph's cue to go home for a snooze!
Belinda, Simon, Neville and I went up Clifford's Tower for some stunning views of the city. I think Neville is a bit afraid of heights, but he coped quite well under the circumstances. Belinda sweet talked her way into being allowed to dress up with helmets and swords - "just for children", pfft!
We collected Pat, Kristie and Maya and wandered down the Shambles, before becoming slightly geographically challenged and increasingly dryness challenged. Eventually we found our way back to the train station, back to Leeds and into a Thai restaurant for dinner. A very satisfying meal to finish a very entertaining day!