Day 1, Sunday, 21 July, 2013: Well, on Wednesday morning, I turned in my dissertation (which I cannot believe is still finished) took a load to Bath, was shown around by my wonderful friend, returned to Leicester on Thursday, said goodbye to some friends, and then packed everything else up and I moved to Bath from Leicester on Saturday. I spent Saturday unpacking and somewhat exploring Bath, but my real adventures started on Sunday, when I decided to explore as much of Bath as my feet would allow.
I got up, did some more work on things in my room, read a bunch of pages of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, and then decided that it was such a lovely day outside, that I could finish my book with a picnic beside the River Avon. So, I finally forced myself out into the heat wave that is currently afflicting England (I will say, I am not upset with the heat, just the fact that I cannot find a fan for my bedroom, which is unbelievably warm at night).
I picked up lunch, walked to the River Avon, and found a nice picnic bench overlooking the Bath Weir where I ate and finished another of Austen’s novels (I have decided that since I am living in Bath, and she wrote so much about Bath, that I would read all of them this summer). After I finished the book, I walked around the city of Bath for a bit, exploring parts I had not been to before, and found myself wandering toward the Jane Austen Centre and eventually to the Royal Crescent and Victoria Park.
In Royal Victoria Park, I wandered around and eventually found my way to the Botanical Gardens there. After throughly exploring those, I walked back toward the Royal Crescent, and found a band playing in the Band Stand of the park, so I sat down and listened for a while before moving on to see some more of the city before I thought my feet were going to fall off.
Day 2, Monday, 22 July 2013: Not only was today my first day of my placement in Bath, but it was also the day that the royal baby arrived! Which, I must say, is kind of cool.
Today, I started my placement with the Bath and Somerset Heritage Services
, working with the Learning Programmes office! I absolutely LOVE it. Today, we started by being introduced to what we were going to be doing, and then (the other girl that is in the placement with me) and I were sent down to a table next to the large Roman Bath, where we dressed up tourists in Togas and Tunics! It was so much fun! This afternoon, we explored Prior Park
, where we will be helping with the Festival of Archaeology
this coming Saturday. We hiked around the whole park, which I must say was a lot larger and steeper than it looks, but I thoroughly enjoyed being in the wooded park area, and seeing the beautiful house and Palladian bridge in Prior Park!
And to top off this wonderful day, we ate at a Mexican burrito place, and I had an A&W. It was the perfect end to a great first day at my placement in Bath!
I cannot wait to see what else is to come with this museum placement! Check back soon for more updates!