A Moment in Durham, England

I got to spend some time in Durham for lunch on the way to York and it wasn’t nearly enough time. The city is young and vibrant. The market is a crowded covered building that feels like something you would see at a fair with booths set up with everything you can think of. The little shops are fun with whimsical names and delicious pastries. The cathedral at the top of the hill is a donation only attraction that cost a million pounds a year to keep up because they have so much beauty to preserve.

The Durham Cathedral is definitely a sight to see. The beautiful building is not only tall but spans across the whole lawn and has a small garden in the back. The highest peak was used in one of the Avengers movies as well. The second you walk into the building you come into contact with the beautiful architecture and the stain glass windows with intricate designs. The beautiful rose window that comes into view the second you walk into the main area and the design is flooring and intricate. The other windows are all just as beautiful. I’ve never seen stain glass that looks like watercolor until I went to this cathedral and it was everything you could imagine. The colors just blend and swirl in a way I’ve only see in a painting.

This is not to be out done by the altar which has so much intricate work in it and has the rose window sitting behind and shining light on it. The walk into the podium is colored in so many colors and designs you just want to look at it for ages to make sure you didn’t miss anything. This is only the start of all the other work inside this cathedral. The wood work inside is detailed. The little touches, like the brightly colored clock on the right side of the building as you face the altar, make it so you can wander around for ages and still find new things to look at. Walking around the back of the altar is scattered with little touches of color and intricate detail that you have to see to believe. The cathedral also does services if you’re interested.

The hidden gem hidden behind the cathedral is one of my favorite parts. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is behind the Durham Cathedral and it was used during the war as a medical building for soldiers. It is touched in their garden on a little trail that winds down the side of the building. You think you’re going to the wrong place. We actually only found it because an employee stopped us as we were walking away (after giving up) to bring us down. It is small and cold but such a nice little touch. The cross in the front is light that is filtered through the wall with its original design. The room actually gets so cold is is closed in the winter.

The cathedral is a great little place to go and only asked for a few pounds in donation to walk around and marvel at the beauty. They do have a small museum and that is the only place that costs. I didn’t have enough time while I was there to attend but I hope to another time. The small town was so beautiful and ended up being one of my favorite stops on England during my short stay.

Signed Emily

Picture10I have never put my real name on my own work. I don’t let people read my work. I have no family or friends that have read more than one of two pages and that is a rare occasion. The most they’ve read are research papers for school, but that is different. That isn’t as personal as this. I’ve been writing for years and posting my work on sites that allow me to hide myself. It allows me to use a username on the fics I write so no one knows who I really am. I’ve hidden behind this for ten years. I’ve written blog posts, journals, fanfiction, short stories, but none of them have my name on them.

I am ready to take that leap though. I have talked about writing a book for years, ideas swimming around my head. I want character that are like me. I want characters I can relate too. I’ve never seen one on TV or in a book and writing one would give other people the chance to find a character they relate too. I’ve started a few books, but I want to actually sit down and write something solid. I want to write something tangible even if it has no chance to get published. The worse they can do is say no so I might as well take the leap and go for it.

This blog has been done and redone for years. I tried to start something about a year ago, but I lost steam and chickened out. They are personal. They reveal a lot about your life. They require more work than I was willing to give a blog at the time, both emotionally and physically. I have tried to write journal posts to add to a blog one day, but it just didn’t work.

I’m at a good place now. I’m done with school for a while (hopefully not forever) and I have a job, like an adult job. I have a trip planned. I have a topic I actually want to read and write about. I love traveling. I love traveling tips. I love writing. Why not combine them? Why not give this blog thing a try again? I mulled it over for a few months before I took the plunge. I started out small on Instagram (@emexeriencestheworld) and tried my hand at captions and pictures. I finally felt comfortable after a few months and decided to take the plunge with the encouragement of a really good friend of mine. She is one of the few I even told about this whole ordeal.

This is the first time I plan on sharing the posts with my family. This is the first time I plan on sharing posts with my friends. This is the first time I plan on putting my name on my own work. This is a step I never thought would come. I’ve always been scared to put my work out there. I’ve always put a username on my work. So here it goes.

Signed,

Emily