I found my future home
Trip Start Jan 17, 2013
18Trip End Jun 04, 2013
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We first took a bus from campus to St. Albans and immediately realized that there was a sort of flea market going on in the heart of the town. They had everything from footed onesies (I was really tempted to buy one), to homemade pastries and, randomly enough, superglue. After looking around for a bit we went to St. Albans Cathedral which was just a short walk away. Even though there was mass taking place, we were still allowed to go inside and take pictures. The fact that mass was going on made it even prettier because of the chorus singing in the background. I definitely need to take my family there when they come to visit
After about an hour in there we all tried to regroup only to realize that we lost three people in the process. We tried to search for them but they were nowhere to be found so the ten of us remaining decided, maybe against our best judgement, that we will somehow meet up with them later and we left the cathedral to go shopping on the streets of St. Albans. Our nerdy urges took over and we ended up in a comic book shop which, if I had any money, I totally would have bought a thousand things. The sun was setting and five of the ten of us remaining had to head back to campus because they had to meet up with some people, so they dropped me and the four other Americans off at a pub and we parted ways.
The pub was packed with people because there's this huge rugby tournament going on called Six Nations and England and Scotland were playing when we got there. We luckily found a seat, got some beers and dinner, and attempted to understand rugby. I still don't really know most of the rules, but it was really fun to be in a pub in England as England beat Scotland and everyone was screaming and cheering.
After hanging out at that pub for a while we decided to go to the oldest pub in England called Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, which has been around since 793. There's a lot of controversy over which pub in England is actually the oldest, but Ye Olde Fighting Cocks is the only one that is credited by The Guinness Book of World Records so I think I'll believe them. It was a really cute place with a lot of character because of the short ceilings and old wood beams. After hanging out there for a few hours we decided to head back to campus and hangout there. We definitely made a day of it and I am determined to move to St. Albans whenever I get the chance. It's such a cute little town that's close enough to London, without paying the expensive London prices.