Kati met me at the bus stop, and after our very happy hugs and catching up we headed back to her apartment, where she lives with about 60 other BU students. There she cooked me a delicious dinner of salmon, pasta with pesto and spinach, while I met a bunch of her friends in the communal kitchen. We went out with them for a little bit to a karaoke bar, but had to head home early since our alarms were set for 7 the next morning! Kati and I woke up and headed to a bus, where her school was offering a tour to Leeds Castle and the town of Stirling. After a 2 hour bus ride, we arrived on the grounds of Leeds Castle. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Unlike the other castles I have seen so far in the UK, this one actually had a huge grounds area, with gardens, pathways, a golf course and a very large maze. The walk to the castle reminded me of the setting of Pride and Predjudice or Jane Eyre. There were peacocks and swans everywhere, and adorable flower arrangements. After touring the castle, which was really interesting because people have lived there until the 1930s, so there was some modern stuff in the rooms, Kati and I tried to do the maze. It was really fun, but we almost got trapped! Luckily we made it out in time to catch the bus and head to Canterbury.
the Castle grounds
Me and Kati lost in the maze haha
Outside of leeds castle
the Queen's bedroom
After about a 30 minute bus ride we arrived in Canterbury, and adorable little town and the setting of the Canterbury tales. Kati and I walked around, grabbed some lunch and explored the different cathedrals there. We found this delicious fudge store where we could watch them making the fudge fresh, so of course we had to invest in a bit of that as well.
the town of canterbury
An adorable little area we found!
We got home at around 6 that night and we were exhausted. So we made another delicious dinner that night, and spent a few hours just hanging out, drinking hot chocolate and relaxing. Then we went out for a little bit to a late night cafe with some of her friends where we got some delicious Greek food and fresh juices. Then we headed to bed since Sunday was going to be another early morning.
We woke up at around 8 on sunday and I packed up my bag to go. Kati and I walked to Hyde Park, which is a huge park in the middle of London. There we rented bikes and rode around the park for about two hours, which was wonderful! It was a sunny day out and the park was full of people, dogs and other animals. We rode to the center of the park where there is the Orangery, a famous tea room. Kati and I both got cups of tea with scones, and it was the perfect way to end my weekend in England. I rushed to my bus, and said goodbye to Kati and headed to the airport. It was a wonderful weekend and I really can't wait to go back to London and explore more at the end of this month, as the beginning of our three week tour of Europe:)
Me and Kati riding through Hyde park
it was a beautiful day! the Garden outside the orangery
Me about to enjoy some delicious tea and scone
So cute! inside the Orangery
My tea and scone with strawberry jam and clotted cream