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Published: August 5th 2015
Not much happened yesterday - it was a travel day - time to pack up and head back to England. As much as I loved my time on the Isle of Man, I'm ready for my next stop because it means one stop closer to return to London which is always a good time. One thing I wasn't ready for was trying to re-pack my bag after all my new purchases, ahem. I really hope my bag survives this trip.
The crossing was really rough for the first 1.5hr... like they were going around passing out barf bags type of rough. I never get seasick and I had to sit back with my eyes closed to stay ok. Thankfully the other 1.5hr was smooth sailing. Back in Liverpool I essentially went to my hostel, grabbed dinner and that was that. I've been here before (ah yes, where I lost my phone way back when), so I didn't really retrace my steps that much. One place I did go hunt for was the noodle bar because it was that good that I remembered it and the general location. Yum.
Today I went on two day trips (bang for my buck!)
- to Crosby and to Chester.
I went to Crosby to see the Gormley statues: the Iron Men/"Another Place". I absolutely loved the display. When I got there there wasn't anyone else on the beach which made for an interesting vibe - you're all alone, yet you look down the beach and it feels like there are all these lost souls just standing and staring out to sea. They're all in the same position, just some are sunk into the sand lower than others and some are out in the water depending on the tide. It's really cool! I'm not sure how many there are... but it's easily over 50. The only negative was that the beach is disgusting... both the look of it (garbage + seaweed/algae) and the smell. God the smell... honestly wonder if the sewage plant is nearby or it was just a bad day to be there.
From Crosby I got back on the train and headed down to Chester. Now, good old Chester, I was there during my great Arriva Wales train debacle of years past... when I had to ask a random Welsh lady to drive me from rural Wales to Chester
so I could try and catch a different train to get to Thurso. Yes, great times. Of course back then my experience of Chester was that of pure panic haha, so I wanted to see the actual town.
The Cathedral is the main draw and where I spent most of my time. It's a beautiful building with lots of tiny, intricate details which you'd expect. The chapel are was particularly nice and detail-oriented with the wood carvings everywhere. I liked the ceiling too - it had English symbols mixed in with Church ones, gold on wood. One big weird negative was that they had an Alice in Wonderland exhibit on inside the Cathedral. And it wasn't in one spot - it was spread out all over. Uhm..? And if that isn't weird enough for you, they had great big stuffed animals (the rabbit, Cheshire cat, etc.) as part of the displays and different quotes from the story with corresponding "reflection questions" relating them back to Jesus and the Bible. Very, very, very weird lol.
I headed back to Liverpool after that - looked in at M&S to see if they had anything different than back in Douglas, but
not really. I went back to my noodle bar and now I'm trying to plan London adventures because as excited as I always am to go, I didn't take the time to plan anything this year other than my theatre shows.
(Also, as a last point I just need to point out how ticked off I am that the dollar is TANKING vs. the pound... I know it's tanking vs. pretty much everything at the moment, but still. It's a really good thing I bought my currency well ahead back when it was 1.84 rather than 2.06... like it's gone down since I left.. but it's making me rethink all my extra M&S and Next purchases because I'm paying more than double the price. And my Oyster Card is going to cost a fortune now in London. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS OK. /end rant)
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