May half-term started with a bank holiday and the host mum and kids gone to Dorset. I decided to go to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a few days. The original plan was that I would drive there and then continue on to Hay-on-Wye in Wales, but since Helga – the car – died on me (again), those plans were cancelled.
On Sunday, I took the train to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where I arrived just after five in the afternoon. I didn’t really do much that day as I was completely exhausted from sitting on a train all day. After checking in at the hostel, I did have a nice dinner with one of the women that I shared the room with.
Monday morning, I woke up early and walked into town – which was much further than I expected. I had breakfast and some coffee before I started the day at Shakespeare’s birthplace. I bought a full-story ticket so that I could go and see all of the Shakespeare-related things, but in the end, I still had to pay extra to see his old school and his grave.
At the end of the day, I met up with the same woman I had dinner with on Sunday, and we went to the Rose and Crown, a pub that looks gorgeous on the outside but is absolutely disgusting on the inside. We had a great chat and then
Now, I have never really been a big fan of Shakespeare’s work. I always hated Romeo and Juliet and other plays by him that I read (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Tempest, etc.) were just okay. But, when you’re in the town where Shakespeare lived and died, you’re almost obligated to go and see one of his plays. So I went to see King Lear at the Royal Shakespeare Centre. And it was boring. I liked the story, but there were so many things that they could have cut out but didn’t (they did the original play as Shakespeare wrote it). So that was not really a great success.
I left Stratford on Tuesday, so I really only had one day there, but I think one day was perfect. I really wanted to go to Anne Hathaway’s House and the Mary Arden’s Farm, but those were quite far away from the town centre. And I was already tired from all the walking I’d done. If only I’d had my car. Good news, though: my ticket is valid for another year. Plenty of time to go back there and see everything I haven’t seen yet.
I was just trying to find the photos I took, but my camera died halfway through the trip, so I only have a few shitty photos that I took with my phone… That gorgeous building is the hostel that I stayed in – no WiFi and far away from the town centre, but so worth it.