A Visit to South Yorkshire and East Midlands.

We had a little bit of a change of plans when we left Durham. We were headed to Lincoln, but unfortunately our friends we were due to visit were very sick with the flu. We didn't really want to catch the flu before a 15 hour flight back to Canada! We had already bought our non refundable train ticket, so we had to figure out where we could go that would allow us to use at least part of our train ticket. We had a train switch in Doncaster, and googled searched around that station for places to go. As I zoomed out I saw a star on my maps. CARLA'S HOUSE! We didn't really remember where in England she had lived. (We had been before, but didn't pay attention to where we were actually going.) It is easy to just hop on a train and not really know where you are going. We made our way to Carla's house for a much needed visit. First though, we needed to take a selfie with her... 

Lucky for us, Carla loves to cook. With little notice from us, she was still able to whip up some amazing dishes for us. We were stuffed. She makes her own seitan from scratch and she happened to have some upon our arrival. She made us a seitan sandwich with chips for lunch. Then she made us kababs for dinner and cheezecake with chocolate ice cream for desert. 

Oh, did we mention that she has the most adorable dogs. They love to snuggle and are the sweetest ever. For breakfast we had some maple porridge and a dumpling vegetable stew for lunch. (With a seitan sandwich!).
Charlie just adores him. He comes for snuggles and will just stay here for hours.
We spent one night at Carla's before making our way to Nottingham, where we had a pre-booked train connection back to Birmingham. We met Johnathan, a vegan we knew from Canada. We found out he was in England when we showed up to our Vegan Travel talk at West Midlands Vegan Festival.

Jonathan met us at the Nottingham train station and we made ourselves to Annie's for dinner. We were still quite full from Carla's house, but we couldn't not get these burgers when passing through Nottingham. Annie's Burger Shack has a huge menu of about 25 different burgers, which can all be veganised. We had gone here before with our friend who came to visit us from Canada in August.
Look at these burgers, and tell us they don't look amazing. 
Oh boy, were we ever stuffed.
After dinner we walked around Nottingham before making our way to The Dice Cup. A game board store with a vegan cafe! 
We played a game called Battle Sheep, which was really fun and easy to learn. We played for about an hour before we had to catch our train back to Birmingham. We grabbed some lemon cake to go though! We couldn't really be in a vegan cafe game board shop without buying some cake!
We caught our train to good ol' Birmingham. Our last train back home to Birmingham. We had a wonderful little train trip to the Northern part of England to explore York, Durham and Newcastle. We are very glad we planned this as our last getaway before leaving the UK.

Those burgers from Annie's look delicious right? Did you just book your ticket to Nottingham?

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  1. Those dogs are gorgeous! Looks like you were able to find plenty of vegan food 💛

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    1. They are adorable little dogs. We love them. Vegan food is everywhere!

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  2. A board game and vegan cafe sounds like an amazing place to hang out. I wish we had one here.

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    1. I wish everywhere had a vegan cafe/board game store! I was amazing.

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  3. A vegan café board game shop?? OMG! :D

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  4. Those dogs look amazing. Time just flies by when you have pets around. Those burgers actually look amazing. I already feel hungry now. :)

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    1. Oh my god. I want that burger now. It was so good. Those dogs are the best. Love them.

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