The Lakes

It had been a really long week. We’ve been assigned our first essay, 1500 words on the effect of public-private partnerships. This doesn’t sound like much, but I haven’t written at length for a very long time, so whilst I’m fully aware of the molehill I’m making into a mountain, it’s still flipping hard to climb! It was, therefore, with a sense of dejection I boarded the train back home to celebrate my dad’s birthday.

Don’t get me wrong, I was really excited to see my family, but it was intermingled with the knowledge that I would have to constantly duck out to read another paper here and add a few extra words there. No such thing happened this weekend. Instead, We were surprised with a trip into the Lake District!

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We aren’t a very walk-y family, but given where we were, it would be a crime not to go out and explore a little. The first morning was spent climbing up to Orrest Head, which, following the horrific rain the night before, wasn’t without its challenges, but the views of Lake Windermere were remarkable!

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This cute little guy followed us for the last leg!

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The lake itself is also stunning, we spent most of the afternoon on it, guided by a delightfully Liverpudlian captain. The weather took a turn for the better (rare in The North), resulting in a wonderful day overall!

One of my favourite things about going away with the family is that they pay for everything! I never really appreciated this small fact until I became a student and appreciated the value of a free lunch! We went to Pasty Presto, home of the “world’s best pasty” for lunch, but did’t order one, although I kind of wish I did! However, I did have my first white hot chocolate, which was an odd and marshmallow-like affair. Their regular hot chocolate was nothing to write home about, but this was a different beast entirely. It’s definitely a lot sweeter than most, but doesn’t quite have the sickly taste you get with over sweet milk chocolate. It doesn’t really taste like white chocolate either, more like a really sweet cream, which was nice, but I wouldn’t have it all the time.

More delightful reasons to love The North.

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