Why I’m Dying to Visit Britain This Winter

I’m flying to the north of England in less than three weeks. I’ll be visiting Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, and some villages in West Yorkshire.

I am totally aware that England can be freezing in winter, and I was when I bought my flight tickets two months ago (for only £35 both ways!).

Even so, people who know me well can tell I feel the cold a lot, so I tend to catch colds easily. I normally spend the whole winter blowing my nose with tissues –sorry about being so explicit and ruining all my charm like this…

So, from all the –warmer– places I could have chosen to visit on my Christmas holidays, why on earth did I decide to go to England?

(… And why am I going on my own?)

Here are my reasons:

I want to spend a white Christmas for once

Ever since I can remember, I’ve only seen snowing once in my life at Christmas.

I remember it well: my parents took me to the park near home. We made a snowman and threw snowballs at each other. Of course, I was blissful.

Snow is very uncommon in Spain, and next winter here is very likely to be warm again.

So I’d like to experience Christmas at its best, just like in some of my favourite Christmas-themed romcoms: The Holiday, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) cottage in The Holiday.
Iris Simpkins (Kate Winslet) cottage in The Holiday. © 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and GH One LLC
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) arrives in England in The Holiday.
Amanda (Cameron Diaz) arrives in England in The Holiday. © 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and GH One LLC

Share new experiences on my UK-themed blog

When I created this blog, I decided to write about what I’m passionate about — that is, the British Isles.

I consider myself to be a creative person. So it’s usually difficult for me to run out of ideas, and the United Kingdom is an inexhaustible source of them. Yet, I thought I needed some fresh, first-hand material to write about and share with you.

There are plenty of events taking place in England at Christmas, and a lot of them are for free, something I love about this country.

And, from all the places I want to visit, the one I’m really looking forward to seeing is the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Brontë Parsonage in Haworth.
Source: denisemtaylor.com.au

This is the house where the three Brontë sisters –Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, along with their brother Branwell– crafted the stories that would become some of the greatest novels of all time.

Funnily enough, this year is the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth –and I didn’t know about it when I bought my flight tickets!

Having in mind that she’s probably my favourite author, I can consider myself a lucky girl!

I’m a 30-year-old introvert

Gone are the days –or should I say nights?– of the wild and gregarious parties of my twenties. Now that I’ve turned thirty, I prefer to stay in and read a book or watch a film rather than go out.

As I said above, I’m travelling on my own, and I can already imagine myself on New Year’s Eve like Cameron Diaz in The Holiday: simply taking a relaxing bath and watching TV in my hotel room while others are partying and getting drunk.

© 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and GH One LLC
© 2006 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and GH One LLC

I want to improve my English

I’m an English teacher, yes, but I believe there’s still a lot I can learn. Mingling with locals will help me improve my English for sure.

I’m also trying to learn to speak with a British accent, and that isn’t easy at all!

I really need a journey of self-discovery

For me, this is the most important reason for this trip to England.

Unlike I expected, my last holidays in Scotland were a complete disaster. I’ve never been very good at taking care of myself, you know?

Now I’ve given myself another chance –you will forgive the repetition– to prove to myself that I can do this alone.

So I’m planning to do some activities that I wouldn’t usually do.

For example, I will walk the trail of the Brontë sisters, no matter the weather conditions –In winter? Really?! (You see when I say I’m totally crazy?)

If I can do this, I can do anything I set my mind to.

In the end, if I don’t find myself there, maybe I’ll come across Heathcliff!

English people are actually friendly

In the eyes of the world, the British people –and in particular the English– are arrogant, unfriendly and have almost no sense of humour.

Is that really true? I don’t think so.

Throughout my life, I’ve met loads and loads of English people, and I can assure you they’re the funniest and most friendly people in the world.

Of course, you must be ready to understand their dark sense of humour.

In fact, some of the best comedians and TV shows are English, and they’re totally hilarious.

Remember these TV series?

Fawlty Towers
The Young Ones
The Young Ones
Mr. Bean
Mr. Bean
The Black Adder.

Need any more reasons? 🙂