There are few things in life that bring me as much peace and joy as riding the Trains in Europe. The gentle sway of the train, the blurring scenery in the large windows, the quiet space to be alone, interesting people, even the announcements are in a strange way part of the experience. So even though I can save some money taking the bus, when and where possible (and of course, sensible), I prefer to take the train.
Paddington Station is one of the major railway and underground station in London. The station is in central London is famously associated with Paddinton Bear! Paddington Bear arrived at Paddington Station when he first came to London. As do most humans traveling from other parts of the U.K.
I took the train from Paddington Station to Bath, UK where I had planned to meet up with a friend who currently studies at the University of Bath.
Bath is a town set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, well known for its natural hot springs and 18th-century Georgian architecture (which is absolutely charming and beautiful to admire). Upon arriving at the small station I was greeted by a friend I made in Tokyo who I haven’t seen in over four years. It’s funny looking back because several years ago when we first connected he was still just beginning to learn English. Now he has a British accent and can carry a conversations about politics, the world and economics! He showed such a passion to learn when I first met him, and it’s incredible to know that desire to learn hasn’t changed.
Bath Abey has a beautiful history datnig back to 757 AD. The first King of all England, King Edgar was crowned on this site in 973. The Abbey as we know it is the work of Sir George Gilbert Scott, who transformed the inside of the Abbey creating it to reflect Victorian Gothic architecture.
After admiring the cathedral we went to the Roman Baths, steps away from Bath Abbey. As we walked through the Museum and around the Roman Bath, we were taken back into a period in history where the house was used as a Roman site for public bathing. Beyond the bath itself, there were hundreds of artefacts from the Roman period including objects like coins and tools.