Day 4 - United Kingdom: Rest Day

Today was a rest day of sorts. For the first time since arriving in London I slept more than four hours (which was a major win against jet lag). I also have a tendency to just keep moving forward while traveling from a desire to see as much as I can.

Following the advice of several friends, and in an effort to take enough time to really appreciate my surroundings, I booked a cheap room in Bath for the weekend.

At this point, I’m starting to feel very comfortable in London’s underground (it has so far been an extremely efficient way to get around). Why I feel like I can learn public transit systems in new cities in a matter of day, but haven’t been able to make sense of San Francisco’s in a lifetime is beyond me.

First impressions of Bath have been excellent, and not at all what I was expecting. I suppose that I had been expecting something more akin to Stratford-upon-Avon, but after exploring Bath’s corridors of carved stone for a few hours I am starting to become enamoured with the city.

I arrived a little to late to visit the Jane Austen Centre and the Roman Baths, but with plenty of time to find a really unique pub with a rooftop terrace and extraordinary views of the city.

The Hall & Woodhouse is a recent update to what was formerly an auction house in the city. I had some fairly forgettable Fish and Chips (I had to get them at some point while I was here) with some really interesting minty peas that tasted very much like a mint chutney. Sitting on the rooftop with a glass of wine to watch the sunset was easily the best way that I could have ended the day.