Hull: UK’s City of Culture

Oh, Hull. 

I can’t say that I was overly impressed with this place, but it’s my fault for opting to go here against my gut that Scarborough would have made a much better day trip. Still a good experience nonetheless, and I got to try a proper pattie buttie (which is only in Hull) and some fish and chips again (literally am in love with British fish and chips). 

I met up with another friend from ships (this is probably like the 20th person from ships that I’ve managed to see) who was the reason I was coerced to come – because it’s the UK’s city of culture for 2017. We both didn’t realise that the city centre was completely under construction, though. Fools. Ha!

I did manage to walk around the docks and marina court, which is also where P&O ferries port in and out of. That was probably my favourite part of the city… 

We basically just pub hopped the entire day (I’m still fascinated with the exquisite and quirky decor of pubs here). I’m beginning to understand the British lifestyle- basically just avoiding the cold and going into pubs to warm up. I spend most of my time outdoors and eating on the go, so I’m used to the cold by now and am probably the only traveller who only rarely frequents pubs (except when I meet up with friends). 

My train did pass Humber Bridge – a brown-coloured bridge in East Yorkshire/Hull that bears striking similarities to our very own Golden Gate Bridge. You would think that Humber Bridge came first based on the history of England – but when Googled, it in fact states that the Golden Gate Bridge is 39 yrs. older. Aha! One thing that America finally didn’t copy… 

Despite the letdown of Hull (okay, it wasn’t that bad, but this fisherman’s city isn’t a location that tourists go), I still enjoyed my last hours in York as well – I walked the entire border of the walls that surrounded the city centre, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. I absolutely loved being above the streets and people in general – it was like a glimpse into The Great Wall of China (but just without any people, yay). It’s absolutely frigid here, even though it’s technically 4 degrees (Celsius) colder in London, but the wind chill in the north seems way worse. I still love it – it’s like fresh, cool air always refreshing you. None of that disgusting Southern Hemisphere humidity!

I’m setting foot into Scotland tomorrow! I’m beyond excited. Thus, after 20 days in England thus far, here are some things I’ve learned:

  • The rivalry between the north and the south is similar to our friendly rivalry with NorCal. However, I prefer southern England far more – especially since it’s far more sophisticated. I guess I’m still a snob (says the girl who drives almost an hour to work back home just to be in south Orange County rather than where she lives). 
  • Tea is essential. I may have drank more cups of tea in one day than I have in the entire year. A proper cup of tea, with cream and sugar, is sensational here. 
  • Tea and biscuits – even more essential. Wasn’t I supposed to get fit while in the UK, not fat(ter)?! 
  • High tea is my favourite thing in the world, with the adorable tiny sandwiches, desserts, and scones. I’d live here just to get high tea every day (the only reason I can’t right now is because I’d have $0 by February if that were the case). 
  • “Twinned with” is often on city/town signs to indicate a bordering region as well (I think)
  • Double-land roundabouts are terrifying and I’ve definitely screamed while in the car as a passenger (just because I wasn’t certain the other cars would stop for us)
  • The “T” sign indicates a road that doesn’t go through. 
  • The sign with a camera on its sign does not indicate a Kodak opportunity, like in America. It indicates when a radar is near a traffic light, so you better slow the crap down. And yes, I actually opened my dumb mouth to ask that question…. *SMH*
  • A borough is a town or district (I just think of The Burrow in Harry Potter, hahah). 
  • The metal X-es on walls are used to hold up the walls. So I’m told…
  • You’re lucky if anyone even makes eye contact with you when you smile at them walking past. 
  • WC: water closet. It’s the early signage for toilets and is in every old English building. 
  • Stairs, stairs everywhere! Especially narrow, steep stairs that make you feel like you’re going to fall straight back while carrying luggage…
  • I cannot wrap my head around how “mushy peas” is appetising in the slightest – both from the appearance and sound of it. I’ve tried it once and probably won’t ever again. 
  • “Cake is is pudding, ice cream is pudding, anything served for desert is pudding, even pudding” – I found this online and died laughing because it’s true. 
  • Why does almost everything close at 18:00?! 
  • The railway system is amazing, but there are so many different train lines and services that you’re best off using Google Maps to plan out your routes. If you don’t have a SIM card, good luck.
  • Council flats are cheap accommodation for anyone who has children. America sure doesn’t offer these or else we’d have even more of an overpopulation issue. 
  • All the homes are beautiful but you can never tell if one is a massive home or just a few townhouses clumped together (especially since most don’t have garages in plain sight). 
  • Everything is brick or stone here. It’s amazing. 

🙂 xx

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