UK rail trip – 2022
Day 18 – 20th April, 2022
I woke up feeling rather rubbish. Obviously coming down with something. I got up and got ready to leave. One of the others in the dorm, though, decided it was appropriate to be starkers. I’m not a prude by any means. However, at least keep something on! I grabbed my stuff and proceed to check out. I waited over ten minutes in reception. When someone finally did turn up, he seemed non-concerned about the naked guy. Suffice to say, I’ll never stay at Safestay York again.
I walked down to the station. On the way, I passed George Stephenson’s old house. Definitely not very large! Probably no bigger than my bedroom. I neglected to take a photograph of it. I arrived at the station and popped in to the Sainsbury’s Local to grab some orange juice. I decided to pick up a box of five lateral flow tests also. Considering it only cost me £10. I decided to take a test.
The test result answered why I was feeling a little off. I finally got Covid! Oh well. I had a suspicision that I’d probably get it while visiting the UK. After all, it’s been much more widespread here compared to Australia. In the UK, there are no longer any real restrictions – only guildlines. I didn’t even need to self-isolate. Even that was only a recommendation. And, if someone infected goes outside, it’s only recommended that a mask be worn. I looked at a departures board and found a train to London King’s Cross. It was already at the platform. Tonight, I was staying at the Generator Hostel in London, not too far from King’s Cross.
I hopped on board my class 801 LNER service and found a seat. In the interest of others, I decided to put on my mask. I didn’t want to splutter all over them, even if it weren’t Covid. I slept most of the way to London, as I felt rather drained.
I got off the train and wandered out of the station. I consulted Google Maps to find out where to go. it wasn’t too far away – only about a ten, or so, minute walk. I checked in and found my assigned room. The wi-fi reception in the room was quite rubbish. I decided to do some laundry. On the way to the laundry, I saw something that raised a smile.
I guess The Doctor had some business in the area and felt that parking at the hostel was appropriate. Laundry done, I ventured out to find something to eat for dinner. I walked for a couple of kilometres and found a pub. I grabbed a pint and ordered a steak. I then went back to the hostel and had an early night.