Swan Lake

By Jantsen McBride

Hi hi hi!

This last week has flown by so fast it’s absolutely crazy. Lancaster has been a great place to study abroad. There are so many sights to see and places to go. Yesterday, Marley and I decided to explore some of Lancaster’s hidden treasures. We traveled into town and went for a lovely walk along the canal. The canal in Lancaster runs through the center of town and is quite a peaceful location. There were ducks and swans swimming in the water even though temperatures are below 0 degrees Celsius. At one point we even saw a cat sneaking around, checking up on the swans. It was the sweetest thing ever; although, I am quite partial to anything kitten related! The sun was starting to go down and made for a lovely background setting for our pictures. We walked through town and up to Ashton Memorial — a grand building built for a widower’s deceased wife over a hundred years ago. The memorial sits atop a big hill and the sights you can see of the city are wonderful. We also made a quick stop to the butterfly house. Like the name suggests, it is a house full of butterflies! There were turtles and fish and all sorts of different types of butterflies. Plus, the fact that the structure was kept at a tropical climate meant I could get warm and cozy while pretending I was somewhere with warmer weather. After visiting the butterfly house and the small mammals and birds exhibit, we stopped into a coffee shop for a nice cup of brew. As we strolled back to the city center I was reminded of how much fun I have had since being on my study abroad adventure and how many amazing experiences I’ve been able to be a part of.

Fish at the butterfly house!

Fish at the butterfly house!

Outside Ashton Memorial

Outside Ashton Memorial

Ashton Memorial, Lancaster, UK

Ashton Memorial, Lancaster, UK

Some Lancaster scenery

Some Lancaster scenery

Kitty and swan biffles pic

Kitty and swan biffles pic

The Canal in Lancaster

The canal in Lancaster

A picture at the butterfly house!

A picture at the butterfly house

Chilly weather here in the UK...

Chilly weather here in the UK…

At Williamson Park

At Williamson Park

Williamson Park

Williamson Park

A butterfly at the house

A butterfly at the house

An overview of Lancaster

An overview of Lancaster

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Gotta love the ducks!

Gotta love the ducks!

Canalside

Canalside

Another view of Ashton Memorial

Another view of Ashton Memorial

Williamson Park

Williamson Park

My tropical wonderland at the butterfly house

My tropical wonderland at the butterfly house

Loving life with the songbirds!

Loving life with the songbirds!

Just a quick update from one of my last days in the UK.

Forever and always yours,

Jantsen

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