Sorry for not writing here for a while, as I have been busy in Westminster during weekdays and traveling all across the UK during the weekends, experiencing this beautiful and amazing country! Some of the places I have been to are Grantham in the East Midlands, the hometown of one of my political heroes, former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Stonehenge; and Oxford!
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being invited into the beautiful home my MP’s office manager up in Cumbria just off of the scenic Lake District. It was a fantastic and relaxing weekend that allowed me to experience rural British culture first hand!
For part of my trip, I had the pleasure of accompanying a Conservative member of the Cumbria County Council around her constituency. I visited the local library in one of the local villages and had a Kendal Mint Cake, one of the specialties the area is known for. I had the pleasure of chatting with her parents who traveled cross-country across America on Greyhound and Amtrak, and had tea and homemade cakes at her house; with the cakes featuring eggs from the chickens on her property. After that nice afternoon, she took me to the annual community dinner at the village hall, where I enjoyed a traditional homemade meat and potato pie supper with Banoffee pudding for dessert (yum!).
The next day was even more exciting. After a farm fresh British breakfast of eggs, bacon, Cumberland sausage, black pudding, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course, a cup of Earl Grey tea, I went around the Lake District of Cumbria in a Land Rover Discovery, for an authentic rural English experience. We drove over 100 miles around one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of the world I have ever visited. I had the pleasure of trying world famous gingerbread from the Village of Grasmere, and fudge from The Toffee Shop in Penrith, which is a favorite of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Dinner topped the day off, with fish and chips with a side of mushy peas from the local takeaway.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and I had to leave lovely Cumbria on Sunday. But, before I was off to catch the train back to London, I was treated to an authentic Sunday Roast, complete with Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips, and all the proper fixings. It was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had, and a great way to end my wonderful trip.
I want to thank all of the people who welcomed me into their lives for this weekend! I loved being able to experience the wonderful British culture first hand, and to truly be able to appreciate my wonderful host country. Until next time, cheers!