This morning we made the walk back to the train station to make our way to Whitby. Whitby is absolute beautiful. I feel like I could stay here forever. It’s located on the North Sea so we are all making plans to go stick our feet in the water. After we got settled into our rooms at the hotel, we broke into groups to get lunch. Whitney, Lauren, Nicole, Neha, and I found a super cute cafe to eat at and warm up with an excellent cappuccino and toasted cheese sandwich. It was way better than a regular American grilled cheese sandwich. I really could eat one of these every day.

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After lunch, we met up with the rest of the class at the top of the 192 steps leading up to Whitby Abbey. Despite it being the remains of the once grand Benedictine Abbey, it is still incredibly beautiful, and you can still see exactly how the Abbey would have been laid out in the traditional cross shape of many abbeys and cathedrals. Whitby Abbey was disestablished under Henry VIII. After it’s disestablishment, it fell into ruins and some of the stone was even taken from it to build a home from a man with the last name of Chumley. For once on this trip, it was not Oliver Cromwell and came along and ruined things. The Abbey now belongs to English Heritage. It also served as inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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I could have stayed up there all day taking pictures, but eventually we got hungry. So we made the long walk back down the 192 steps and headed over to Magpie Cafe, which we were told had the best fish and chips. I am not a big fan of fish but this was really good. Also, we had an excellent view from our table.

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We spent the rest of the night relaxing, which is something we haven’t done since we’ve been here! Plus we need a good amount of rest because tomorrow we hike to Robin Hood’s Bay.