My Day In York

My Day In York

Hello everyone 🙂

Welcome to my latest blog.

In this blog I will be writing about my day in York.

My day in York wasn’t pre planned and it was organised the night before.

Originally, I thought about staying in York for two nights and then going to stay in Edinburgh for another two nights. That was the plan but I was quite hesitant on this idea so I just gone to visit York for a few hours just to get an idea of what to expect.

I went to York by train from King’s Cross and roughly took me two hours to get there which wasn’t too bad.

What I liked about the journey was that it was a direct train so it didn’t stop to any destinations along the way. What I didn’t like so much about the journey was that the seats were a bit small or tight to fit into, there weren’t any plugs or sockets to connect my laptop in the carriage so it was a bit of a let down so I ended up getting my codeword puzzle book out. I also got the same impression of going on the Jubilee line train, my ears felt blocked or popped during the journey. All I can say tho is that I got to York safely and that is all that matters.

So when I got to York, I noticed there were a number of people in posh suits getting ready to go to the races. As I came out the train station, I literally had no idea where I was going initially so I just admired the scenery, follow the flock and look out for the sign posts. When I reached the city centre, I went immediately to Costa to treat myself to a nice coffee and a slice of chocolate flapjack. I used this time to plan what I was going to do on the day, at this time I arrived around midday and I had six hours to spare.

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After I had my coffee, I set myself going to find the York Information Centre to get a grasp of the attractions in York. I initially planned to visit Yorkminster and the National Railway Museum on the same day.

After much thinking, I visited Yorkminster first as it was just on the corner of the Information Centre, I was there around 12:45, I didn’t know anything about Yorkminster but I was intrigued in what it would be like, I knew there was going to be a guided tour at 13:00 so I arrived in good time. If I did anything different to my visit, I would do the Tower Climb but on my first visit, I don’t think I had enough energy left after exploring most of the building and taking photos anywhere on site.

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Having said that, my visit to Yorkminster was amazing, I loved the architecture, stained glass windows, it was definitely a wow factor for me. I felt the guided tour was a personal touch to my visit. It often helps to have a person knowing the full history of the place and explaining the areas of significance of the building.

There was so much to see which to me has its benefits and it’s setbacks. The benefits that it gave me was that I was able to see most of the areas, it felt like more of a museum than a place of worship, I got the opportunity to go to the Crypt and Undercroft downstairs which was covering what lurks underground. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any photos as it wasn’t allowed. I remember seeing a stunning video of Daily Life at Yorkminster which was stunning (lol), what more can I say. The setbacks were that I didn’t come out of Yorkminster till 3:30 so I was restricted on time but in a good way, this helped me look forward to my next trip to York as I want to come back there again to see the many wonders that I didn’t get the opportunity to see.

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Shortly after, I initially wanted to visit the National Railway Museum, this would have made sense as the Museum was not far from the train station but I initially gathered that I don’t feel staying an hour and a half was going to be enough and I wanted to go round the city.  After I did a walk about through the city centre, I made a decision to find Treasurer’s House. Initially, I didn’t plan or prepare on visiting the House. I thought it would be useful just to see what it looked like, realistically I didn’t find the house to be anything special or exciting as I previously haven’t heard of it.

The sole reason why I wanted to visit Treasurer’s House was because it was owned by the National Trust which got me thinking …… as the property was outside of London, I would be able to get one thing off my bucket list. When I got the entrance,  I wasn’t convinced on going through with it but I had at least an hour to spare so why not, I didn’t really have an other alternative. The admissions assistant was quite convincing, he was roughly the same age as me and came from Surrey originally so I was fortunate to meet someone from a similar circumstance so I followed my heart and did my visit in the house.

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It was a bit embarrassing that I didn’t do much background research to begin with. I knew nothing about the significance about the house. I went to see the first room which was the Great Hall.

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What I noticed about the rooms I was in, there was more of a story surrounding the antiques or objects that were in display rather than the rooms itself. I didn’t find this to be informative as my knowledge of antiques is quite poor and I don’t have much enthusiasm about the objects.

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As I walked through each room, the more enthusiasm I gained with learning about the property. I learnt a cool fact about the property (SPOILER), a year before Edward VII was made King, Edward with his wife Alexandra and daughter Victoria went to visit the house which was an intriguing fact as I love reading up about British monarchs.

Overall my experience of visiting the property was desirable. It is fair to say, I had no expectations coming in to visiting the property. On the positive note, it was a good experience, the reason why I said the experience was desirable because the visit was a bonus or a cherry on the cake.

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The only negative notes that came to mind was that by the time I arrived there were no guided tours commencing after I arrived, like the visit to Yorkminster, the tour of the property would have opened my eyes to the collection. I can’t be fussed about taking the time to read the paperwork, realistically I had an hour to go through the property, the other thing which I didn’t do when I was at the property was to go through the Garden, maybe I can do that next time.

Overall, my time in York was fantastic, I don’t have any regrets about planning an overnight trip in York as I didn’t have a realistic time plan but the experience has taught me a lot about myself and has opened my horizons.

There is a few sightseeing places that I haven’t been to so that has got me excited about my next trip to York. I hope my next experience to York will be a blast.

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My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2

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So this is to continuation of my experience of being at The Oval in person and watching the second day of the test match.

If you haven’t read my blog reflecting on my experience on Day 1, you can click on My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1 to find out more.

I had a different kind of excitement about the second day because I was in the opposite end which felt closer to the action.

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When I got to the Laker Stand, I felt like I was a VIP or a special guest, it wasn’t far from going past the Hobbs Gates, there were two guards outside and when I found out I was in the right place, I was over the moon, I couldn’t believe it. I was so ecstatic. When I got to my seat, it felt like I was in the Royal Box or in a first class carriage. The atmosphere was so peaceful, there were only a small limited capacity so I wasn’t that disturbed. There were also seats with companies names on so I knew I was with articulate minds lol. On the right of me there was the Beer Garden and only people from that particular stand could access it which is why it felt exclusive. The tip I would give to anyone going to the Laker Stand would be always keep hold of your tickets, I went out the Laker Stand to fill up my water bottle just around the corner and when I came back to the Stand, I needed to show the guards my ticket to get allowed back into the stand.

 

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While I was watching the game, I used the earpiece that my cousin lend me so I had the treat of listening to the commentary at the same time.

In overall reflection,

I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as I liked, there are a combination of a few things that caused this.

First off, I went to the two days by myself because I didn’t feel there was anyone in particular that I would see myself going with and because of that I did feel a little bit isolated in some respects. It didn’t really put me that I was going by myself because my main attention would be to watching the match and my mind usually freezes at that point. If I did have a mate there, I would be thinking what can I talk about in the duration of seven hours? Not a lot lol.

This experience has given me the realisation of what it would be like travelling to Lord’s which has put me off from going to the test match in September and it also impacts on what I can expect if I was traveling to Australia. I think it’s safe to say I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

In terms of the day itself, I don’t think I could sit through a day anytime soon, it feels very long-winded in many respects which has put me off from going to Australia because the trip from London to Sydney would roughly take 12 hours alone followed by sitting a minimum of six days or a maximum of 10 match days. If I can’t sit and enjoy two days then how I am I going to through the rest of the days.

One thing that bothered me about both days was the crowd. The one thing I find hard to cope with in general on match days is a crowd of people going to a specific event. For instance, when I was at uni and coming home in the evenings, sometimes England would play at Wembley Stadium and I go past Wembley Park (nearest station to the stadium) that would always bother me. Recently when Joshua was fighting Klitchsko at Wembley Stadium, I was coming home from Kensington so I had a mob of fans on the train who were very loud. The atmosphere of having a large crowd has always bothered me in a small places. I do accept that these situations are likely to happen and I have to mask my feelings. I’m quite glad I’m not a season ticket holder in the football sense because the crowds on the train every week would likely put me off so I’m just glad I don’t go out on match days and avoid it as much as possible. Having said that, this won’t put me off going to Old Trafford, San Siro or Lyon to watch a football game. As long as I can travel to at least one game then I’m happy.

I can at least admit that by writing this blog , I have been open to expressing my feelings and giving my reactions. I tried something but unfortunately it didn’t work out to the way I wanted.

Unfortunately we can get cases like that in different things so it is up to us as an individual to just experience it.

It is a shame but it’s out the way now so I won’t lose sleep over this. I basically compare this experience to an internship role I performed in a digital marketing agency, I was interested to know what it would be like to work in digital marketing but after the two weeks I came to the realisation and conclusion that it wasn’t a career I wanted to pursue.

It can be about trial and error, if you aren’t going to try to experience new things then you don’t have the way of knowing. I felt like that in the way of thinking last year on going on my first date, if I hadn’t gone to Dublin then potentially I would have no way of knowing whether the girl was going to like me or not. I’m just glad I can sit here now and be on good terms with her. She gives me inspiration to better my life 🙂

And I’m glad now that I found my answer that I can just enjoy cricket from my bedroom or living room and not have to go to watch it live.

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

Hello everyone.

This first part of my blog will be discussing my experience of going to the first day of the test series at The Oval cricket ground between England and South Africa.

My purpose of going to The Oval was to have a first-hand experience of what it is like as a spectator to be watching a test match close-up as I feel it is important for me to accomplish this feat as it was one my goals I wanted to achieve.

I love watching test matches on TV, when I was at university, I would literally stay up during the night around Christmas time to watch test matches that aired in Australia and be up during the day to watch test matches shown in South Africa.

My love of watching test cricket was what drove me to go and watch the test match at The Oval Cricket ground so I felt that this was an opportunity to accomplish this achievement.

I initially went for the first two days of the test match.

What felt special about going to the test match at the time is that it was the 100th match to be hosted at the ground which I find remarkable. I’m not going to bore everyone with cricket facts because my audience is not specifically cricket fans lol. Why I find it remarkable is that it is second best to Lord’s cricket ground (if you are wanting to watch cricket in London that is) so I didn’t think there would be many test matches held at the venue but cricket has exceeded for over 100 years.

So on the first day, I was feeling excited about going and I was relieved than anything to have some time to relax and put the pressures of work aside.

When I got to The Oval, I think I arrived on the dot at 11 so I had to rush to my seat. If you saw my previous article of my visit to Lord’s, I was a bit cautious on going to a cricket match.

One of them was that i was concerned someone had already taken my seat and the feeling of getting sun burnt AGAIN. I didn’t actually mind where I was sitting, I wanted a straight on view of the pitch rather than a side on view and be close up in each of the two days with opposite views. On the first day, I was by the OCS stand so to me it felt further away than the opposite side. I certainly felt that it was a bit quieter which was ok.

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Some of the drawbacks I experienced was that I was concerning on the game too much with my eyes so in one of the pics that was taken of me on the day looked like I had a black eye which wasn’t great. I also wasn’t familiar to what to expect in a day of a test match, I knew it would last a day but it felt a long day, here is like the times:

11am – 1pm (first session)

1:45 to 4pm (second session)

4:15 to 7pm (third session)

In total that is roughly seven hours of play to watch in a day. For me it felt mentally draining to actually watch all of it. What I didn’t do on the first day was have a proper meal. I only brought about two breakfast bars which wasn’t a lot so that is one thing I specific learnt, always come prepared.

One unexpected surprise was meeting my cousin and uncle at the game, I was happy to see them both at the game and thank them both for their hospitality they showed. If it is the only time I’ll see friends or family at a cricket match then at least it will go down as a memory to savor.

Disappointedly, the rain came down during the latter end of the day so some of the play was stopped. When the play was suspended, I took my mind off the match and spent some time walking through the ground, it wasn’t an ideal experience going through the crowd but I wanted to explore the different parts of the ground in the mean time. By the time it was close of play, the rain poured down very heavily, I was glad when I got out of there when I did but there was also people rushing out as well going to the nearest tube station as it was around the time people would get travel home from work as well so that wasn’t ideal either.

The things I took away from the first day were:

  1. The opportunity to see FAMILY,  Family is SPECIAL MOMENT IN TIME (SMIT lol)
  2. The second thing, I needed to remember to put suncream on for the day after
  3. Remember to prepare a packed lunch
  4. Listen to the cricket commentary to entertain myself with
  5. Bring loads of water

Part 2 will be up shortly

Taster at Lords

Taster at Lords

 

In this blog, I am going to be writing about my experience of watching a cricket match at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

I was excited that I got a ticket to go to Lord’s to watch a ODI game between England against Ireland, it felt like getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

I gained a ticket from entering a successful ballot draw.

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I felt like there was no other cricket arena suitable apart from Lord’s as it is a nearby cricket venue. The match itself felt meaningful to me to go and watch because I have a story between those two teams, I am English myself so I was rooting for England in a lot of ways but on the other end of the dice there was Ireland, my mother comes from Ireland originally so I was half rooting for Ireland to do well.

I was seated at ground level directly where the Mound stand is, just by the cover area which is South west direction of the pitch.

When I first sat in my seat, I watched some of the England team train at the end I was at the ground, I recognised Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett. I tried to look at where the coin toss was but I couldn’t see where they were as either they were too far away from me or where I was seating I couldn’t see them through the people on the field.

By the time England finished their batting, it was time for an innings break so in this time, I walked outside the grounds of Lord’s, I liked going through different parts of the ground, the only thing that was in my mindset was learning about the history about the game so I went to the Museum and I enjoyed my time and learning about the history of cricket.

By the time I came back from lunch, some of the people had taken my seat so I felt like I was forced to sit somewhere else. At this time, it did feel uncomfortable about where I was sitting as I was on my own and felt like I just had to take an empty seat so I did feel it was unfair.

I didn’t stay for the full match, I was there until about an hour before it finished because I knew England were going to beat Ireland at that point in time so there wasn’t a real reason why I would have stayed anyway.

The downsides of going to Lord’s which was that I underestimated the weather, it does sound obvious if it’s about the rain but haha it was about how warm it was. I didn’t put any suncream on beforehand because I was anticipating that it was going to be cold and chilly. By the end of it, my face went to bright red so I didn’t look great to go to work the next day.

Although I had a good view of the match, I didn’t feel as though I enjoyed it so much, I feel because there was people talking at either side, I didn’t enjoy the noise and the atmosphere.

Through the experience, at least I was glad to get the opportunity to go to Lords and sit through a match day. I’ve been there and done what I achieved to do.