As you may know if you’re a regular reader, I started trad rock climbing in April with a crazy trip to Cornwall. Trad climbing is where you place pieces of safety gear in the rock as you climb, versus top-roping (where a rope is suspended from the top). The hobby has taken me to Cornwall and Wales, but also to the Peak District three times, and after a rain-soaked weekend in Wales, I’ve decided the Peaks (which is closest to Cambridge) is my favorite.
How have I fallen off the wagon again? After my friend Georgiana told me she checks Snacks & Adventures religiously, I promised myself I’d step up the posting and recommit to my quest to become internet-famous (it still might happen!) (Hi, Georgiana!). Summer 2012 is drawing to a close, but in 2011 England had a terrible summer followed by an incredible autumn. Since we’ve already had a terrible summer, here’s hoping for a repeat performance! Its a little early for a retrospective, but now is as good a time as any to reflect on the last two and a half months…
Anyway. There have been many things that haven’t warranted a blog post but have been pretty great: a lazy day in London with my friend Robert; a stroll across the lawn at King’s on my birthday (those are my feet on the grass!), many breakfasts of challah and fruit (I particularly love challah for two reasons: 1. its delicious and 2. the cute bread vendor at the market always smiles at me and makes small talk when I buy it). Its been too cold to have leisurely drinks in pub gardens very often, but I have still managed to make the rounds and do some indoor drinking.
The Mr. Kipling biscuits in the photo are so weird even English people laugh at them (I mean, someone must buy them, but no one I know). But I had my first tea cake yesterday, and those are no laughing matter.
I went to the Peaks for the first time last weekend. I have lots of things to say about it (in particular: in Pride & Prejudice, there is a scene where Keira Knightley is standing on a cliff, and I was like “Hollywood, please. that is not England.” I stand corrected).
This is ME climbing gritstone in the Peaks. It was only my second trad climbing experience, but hopefully the second of many. I’m already making plans trips (plural) to Wales and hopefully the south coast this summer, even though weekends are already awfully few and far between, even at this early stage in the summer and with this miserable weather. There is SO MUCH FUN to be had!