Life recently has become a bit stagnant; and whilst I had spent a great deal of time looking forward to summer, I have found myself caught up in the monotonous cycle of working.
Given my precarious situation as a student who can run through funds very easily, I have found myself facing the reality of living in one of the most expensive cities in the UK and most recently, having to fund the repairs on my beloved car. As a result of my life mostly revolving around working and the very likely death sentence of my car, I have found myself becoming progressively more and more stir crazy. Unlike last summer in which my new found freedom was exhilarating and I went to two music festivals alongside Spain; I’ve only really flitted between Brighton and back this summer.
I am very fond of my tiny town and the New Forest but sans car, I feel very trapped and the 3 weeks before I can move in to my house cannot come soon enough.
With that minor ramble over, my family and I visited Bath today which has permanently had a place in my heart as one of my favourite places in the UK. Undoubtedly this has been one of my favourite days of summer thus far, and it was lovely to be able to spend time with my parents before being committed to leasing a house for the following year.
My last essay that I submitted for my university coursework focused on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and since my last visit I’d gained a greater appreciation of Bath through reading her work more widely.
As much as I love Brighton, with its hidden alleyways and myriad of eclectic charm, there is something about Bath that is so classically beautiful and it possesses a grandeur that I think triumphs over Brighton.
We spent the day browsing the baths, shops and cobbled streets. It’s the kind of place where you can so easily become enraptured and enamoured with it’s charm that simply wandering around will suffice for the day. It was a nice break from my current stresses regarding various things and in general just felt like a nice break from work – even if it was only for a day.