So I’ve spent my week trying to get some words onto a page that I could hand in this morning as a ‘sample’ of my dissertation. This is terrifying. You wouldn’t have thought that writing about something you’ve been thinking about since before the summer would be so difficult/stressful, but it turns out it is. Anyway, I thought I’d try and cheer myself up by reminiscing over some of my favourite photos from (roughly) the last year. They’re all featured on my homepage, but I wanted to write a little bit about them and why I like them so much (it’s more than just aesthetics, promise). Also, I think about half of them involve cafés (classic me), so you may even get some recommendations out of reading on…
If you’re at uni in York and you don’t recognise this view, then you haven’t been studenting right. Having said that, when I took this photo I wasn’t studying, I was having a lovely time in the sun with my Mum. We were both up in York for a weekend over the summer to move me into my new house, and we needed a break from the all the moving-in stress! So we were very pleased to discover that this café, which is IN THE ACTUAL WALLS, is about a two-minute walk from my new street. I remember they served our bright orange San Pellegrinos in cool mason jar things (see the picture of me on my homepage), which definitely made the drink taste nicer and prompted me to go and buy some for about £1 in Home Bargains or somewhere like that. I could say loads more about the Gatehouse, but I may do a post about my favourite cafés in York at some point in the future, so just keeping my options open ya know.
Oh my word, this is one of my favourite places in the whole world. For some crazy reason, the day I took this photo I had a sandwich, but I think every other time I’ve been I’ve had PANCAKES. ALL OF THE PANCAKES. As above, I won’t fangirl Brew & Brownie toooo much in this post, but this picture was taken one of the times my parents came up to visit me. I think I probably make them take me there every time they come to York, but this particular time I was introducing them to the friend I moved in with this year, so it was just a bit more memorable than usual. They loved her, it’s all good.
Even though my family lives about 20 minutes outside of London, it’s still a fairly momentous occasion when we decide to fork out on the ridiculously expensive train tickets and venture in for the day. Now, most people probably wouldn’t immediately associate ‘mother and daughter day trip to London’ with ‘self-guided historical walk’, but we didn’t let that put us off (we may even have each had a map in a plastic wallet?!?). Evidently, we had a pretty wild time, but did manage to redeem ourselves (?) with cider and crêpes at a lovely Crêperie in St Christopher’s Place. I remember sitting in the sun with my (ridiculously over-priced but what can you do) cider in a bustling square in the middle of Marylebone and not being able to hear a single word of English around me. It was pretty damn perfect.
I’m glad I don’t actually live or work in Harrogate, because I think I’d probably end up having these waffles every single day. Thankfully, I’ve only ever been there for six weeks at a time over the summers of 2016 and 2017, working as a Festival Assistant for Harrogate International Festivals. Due to the AMAZING fact that these waffles are half price between 3pm and 4.30pm during the week, we used to try and take a really late lunch break so we could go and get waffles for £2.50 (or £3.50 if you were my friend who ordered waffles with strawberries and Nutella with extra Nutella…). Okay, I’ll stop banging on about these waffles now (how many times do we think I can say the word ‘waffles’ in one blog post??), but basically Baltzersens is a really cool Scandinavian-style café (note the rustic-looking wooden board and Nordic-looking blue bowls) in Harrogate, and this photo was taken at the end of my 2017 placement when I decided to introduce one of the new Assistants to the wonderful world of heart-shaped WAFFLES. 10/10 would recommend.
Et voila, those are the first four photos from 2017 that make me happy for both their aesthetics and the things they remind me of. Stay tuned for ‘A Room with a View Take #2’…