By Friday I was struggling to think what I could put in the blog for this week. I seemed to have had a week of terrible customer service, I’ve already thanked my bosses for being kind while I’m ill and my friends know I love them but then yesterday we had a day out in York.
My friend unfortunately is ill but part of being ill means she gets a disability bus pass and with that comes a free companion pass so the trip up to York was free so there’s my first bit of gratitude.
I’ve debated a few times about going up to the Viking festival run by the Jorvik centre mistakenly thinking it would cost me a fortune but doing some actual research this year year I could see that there were a lot of events taking place outside with no cost. It’s not that I wouldn’t pay good money to see things but if you’ve read enough of my posts you’ll know that there are still 11 months on my debt plan so I have to be sensible.
Anyway… the sun was shining all day, we had free transport and a list of events we wanted to see. In the end we missed the best beard competition but caught a battle re-enactment that wasn’t on the list.
The Strongest Viking competition was so much fun. Taking place outside the viking teams squared off in several competitions to find a winner. Much amusement, tests of strength and a fair bit of cheating took place before we had our winners. It was a packed out event and the kids in the front seemed to be having a great time heckling the cheaters. I love it when children can immerse themselves in a fun event that doesn’t revolve around mobile phones. On top of that we had a genuine strongman attempting to break his own personal bests in dead lifts and bench presses. Sadly he didn’t but seeing as he was trying to lift over 3 times the size of me (and I’m not small) I think he did pretty well considering. Again people’s children seemed to love it especially being able to cheer him on.
We stopped for some overpriced (but ok) sausage inna bun (for the Pratchett fans…) and and to watch a band play some period music. So much energy and with something that was apparent in everything we saw, so much enjoyment of what they did.
We then enjoyed the viking parade as they marched down to the big green outside the castle museum for the re-enactment. Again so many people, so much involvement from spectators. Possibly my favourite bit was the too cool for school couple who abandoned their posing and selfies to really get into what they were watching with the lad begging a wandering viking to let him know his favourite side would win.
By then we were tired out so back to Leeds, a stop off for food and putting the world to rights and finally home.
So my gratitude this week is for free bus passes, quality bus connections, the sunshine and the hundreds of people who volunteer their time doing something they love and sharing that with other people. They inspire me to want to do so much more. Life is about experiences and building memories and I definitely got to do that yesterday.