England & Wales
There’s always been something intriguing about the United Kingdom, like a foreign cousin that you know you can relate to, but you don’t have everything in common. For some non-cousin-like reason, I’ve had a knack for dating English guys (most of which were a-holes). Name-calling aside, though, I actually had an incredible experience in the U.K. when I visited one guy who I had been dating for a while. He planned a brilliant trip and really impressed me with the variety of our activities.
He planned everything from hiking Scafell Pike in the Lake District to exploring beautiful Liverpool to bar hopping in Manchester and camping in Wales. We visited castles, pubs, and quaint towns in between so I could really absorb the charm of northern England. Towards the end of my 10-day trip, we ventured down to London to visit some of our friends and do the typical touristy sightseeing that is definitely a must as least once in your life. Like most big cities, London is hit or miss on the friendly scale, however, the towns outside always seem to have kind-hearted, yet stubborn English people going about their lives as we would in America. I definitely enjoyed the experience of both.
One of my favorite parts of the UK is definitely the pubs. They're usually cozy nooks that serve delicious pints and almost always include a cheerful banter between the bartender and the customers. I'm the first to admit how much I love the various accents that come out of the UK, so a drunk Englishman is particularly amusing. Plus, they usually have the best stories and the delivery is always the perfect entertainment. I can see why there are so many pubs scattered across the country; they're a watering hole that draws in people for a good laugh with mates or strangers.
I think I'd like to live in England one day, but I'll have to do my best to refrain from falling for the accent. Wish me luck.