Life at the Castle is settling in. The way you can tell this is twofold: firstly, we already have an exam coming up (this Monday), and secondly, people have started planning their weekend trips away.
Next weekend I’ll be going to Budapest to see the city and hang out with a friend of mine from undergrad who lives there now. There’s a few other people planning Budapest for that weekend too and a group going to Wales and Dublin, and another group doing Vienna & Budapest.
But earlier this week a bunch of us went and had a bit of a more local adventure. And, naturally, I took a couple pictures to share the experience with the internet.The first stop was the tiny village of Alfriston. It was definitely a gorgeous day for it. A group of us had our first stop at a tea house (I had real cream tea with scones, jam, and clotted cream. Yum!) before walking around the village.
Next we headed to the town of Lewes. It was much bigger and also had a castle! There sure are a lot of castles around here.
Lewes was also good for walking around in. I ended up walking around and checking out bookshops (I made sure not to buy anything though), a stationary shop, and a couple of bakeries/cafes. I got this delicious berry donut and the friend I was wandering with bought this delicious tikka masala pastry (he gave me a bite!). Oh! And we found this adorable little chocolate shop and I purchased a couple chocolates from there as well.
We then stopped at a little pub in East Dean (apparently the house Sherlock Holmes retired to is there – though I’m not really sure how that works, but it was pointed out to us) before doing a walk to Birling Gap.
The cliffs at Birling Gap were beautiful. The walk was a little more strenuous than I had been told, but it was definitely worth it.
Honestly, as much as I can’t wait for Budapest (and Amsterdam the next week) the local surroundings are pretty dang gorgeous as well. I feel so fortunate to be here.