When it was time for me to finally be able to enjoy my Easter break, Lobster 1 decided to take me with him to visit his family in York after two days of nesting, cleaning and watching LOST. We took a train on the Monday and left the cold and the snow of Leeds to arrive in magically sunny and snow free [!!!] York within half an hour or so.
Upon our arrival, it was clear that University life was put on hold and we’d just moved our nest from one place to another. We spent our days watching movies, series and playing video games. We watched 崖の上のポニョ, Gake no Ue no Ponyo, in English known as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea or simply Ponyo. I love this movie, although I hadn’t seen it in the English version before. I rather watch movies in their original language, with subtitles. But alas, we only had the dubbed version at our disposal. It didn’t really matter as the story was still lovely and the animation still amazing [winkwink] but it was also quite funny to hear some famous voices now. However, the song at the end… Nope. The original Ponyo song is forever the best.
We played Katamari and Guitar Hero and created new life forms on Spore. I tried to make our herbivore life form as friendly and pacifist as I could, but when it became clear that this game doesn’t advance without conflict, we gave up. 2 On one day, Lobster took me out to look at the bunnies and degus at the pet shop. I don’t particularly like pet shops, for obvious reasons. It was, however, a nice incentive to start conversations about adopting pets from a shelter, and what happens with the giving of names of such adopted animals. We walked ‘home’ through the nice neighbourhoods of York and it was uplifting to talk about a shared future. We also watched UP and ate the vegan fudge that L’s brother had brought home for us [he works in a fudge shop]. Delicious!
Not all of our time was spent indoors or just the two of us, after all, I was a guest in a very large home. I still feel a bit overwhelmed when I visit and I see that part of L’s life. I grew up in a small apartment-type house with just 4, and then 3, and then 2, of us. I love my family very much, it’s just different! Lobster has 2 brothers and 2 sisters, and with his parents and myself that makes for 8 people in the house! The day before part of them went away for holiday we took a long and exhausting trip around the corner where all 8 of us had a nice meal out. Curry is an excellent choice because it’s so integrated in Britain and it’s very vegan friendly.
What’s more about L’s family is that the two sets of grandparents are in the same country and one of them is quite close. We went for pizza with the ‘not-on-holiday-goers’ and the grandparents. L had the genius idea to bring our own vegan cheese along to ask if they could use that instead of regular cheese. The people at the lovely Olive Tree were kind enough to agree to this request. We had a really nice lunch! After this we took a little stroll through beautiful York.
The rest of the week was spent watching more episodes of Friends, playing games, crochet, enjoying some time off. On the Friday we took the scenic route back, on a train that takes a bit longer by passing through quaint and cute little train stations and going over a viaduct and treating the passengers to the views of the landscapes of Yorkshire. I really enjoyed it and was very happy that L showed me this. On the train I started on the giant Easter egg that his parents had given me and which would take me forever to finish!