U.K. Travels, Past & Future


A view from the London Eye, March 2013
Glastonbury Tor, February 2013

Ten years ago, I was about to leave North America for the very first time–setting off on a journey to England for a summer writing program just days after my thirteenth birthday. I’d never been away from home for more than a night or two, and I couldn’t believe that I could hop on a plane and wake up in an entirely different country.

I enjoyed my sunny weeks in Cambridge so much as a preteen that I decided to return to the U.K. in college: except this time, I swapped the River Cam for the rugged cold! During my six months in Edinburgh, though, I did journey down from Scotland and into England a few times, eating chocolate-covered rice cakes from Tesco and navigating local bus systems in the rain to visit places like Glastonbury Tor and assorted non-Stonehenge megaliths.

And now, three years since I last left the British Isles, I’m going back!


A view from the top of the Tor, February 2013


Exeter, February 2013

In just about a week I’ll head to uncharted territory (for me, anyway): the north of England, through which I passed by train while traveling to Exeter or London in 2013. I’m excited to see the Irish Sea again, and get to know a new peninsula. Though it’s all too obvious that I’m not much of a city girl, I am particularly looking forward to visiting Liverpool’s many museums (including one that appears to have a substantial collection of Pacific art! I’m not the only entity with a connection to Hawai’i to show up in England!).


Exeter, February 2013

I’ll continue to post throughout my trip, and cannot wait to live up to my blog’s name and actually start trekking again.

Glastonbury Tor, February 2013

If you’ve traveled to [northern] England frequently (or live there!), I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment and let me know some of your favorite haunts!



    • Thank you! 😀 Yes, I’m super excited to visit the maximum number of museums! It wouldn’t be a true Keely-vacation without tons of art and history, anyway…

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