Last few days in York

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m genuinely really sad to be leaving York. It’s probably one of the most beautiful and kind and lovely cities I’ve visited and I really mean it when I say it’s been a pleasure to call this place my home for the past 3 years.

(a very rare image of an – almost – empty Shambles!)

The food. The sites. The kindness. Are just some of the amazing things about York. But obviously it was made by the experience I’ve had here. And even though I’d class it as the most difficult time of my life. It’s also the most life-changing. I still don’t know if I’d have been more ‘successful’ if I didn’t to university or did a different course. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Despite the heart-aches and tough times, I’ve met the most incredible people who I will hang onto with everything I have and who I know have changed my life for the better and will no doubt continue to.

And even though there were many – many – times where I didn’t think I’d get through it. Where I was more than tempted to drop out. I’ve actually finished my degree. On Friday I finally graduated with a Biology degree from The University of York. I wish I could go back and tell that tiny, insecure first year crying in her halls bedroom, how much it’ll be worth it. It’ll be hard, yes. Maybe not even worth the money if I’m perfectly honest. But definitely worth the people. Worth the insanely amazing and hilarious memories. And worth the amount I’ve grown and become a better person over those 3 years and the amount I’ve learnt. God I sound like a right sop! 

So Goodbye for now York. I look forward to seeing you again very soon! 


  1. Cília (When I grow up I want to be a granny)
    July 18, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    it's sad to leave a city, but new adventures will come!

    • Josie Brownlee
      July 19, 2017 / 11:35 am

      Exactly Cília, and I can't wait!

  2. Yasmin
    July 24, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Lovely post and photos! York is a great place, I've been a handful of times and always found it so pleasant and serene! xYasmin xLatest Post: One Crazy July

    • Josie Brownlee
      July 25, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Thanks Yasmin – it really is a beautiful city, and everyone's so lovely there!

  3. The Clueless Blogger
    July 25, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    I've never visited York but this post has definitely persuaded me to go and check it out soon! The photos are oh, so lovely! X

    • Josie Brownlee
      July 25, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Ooh you really should! It's such a beautiful city, I hope you like it!

  4. Coffee & Avocados
    July 28, 2017 / 7:42 am

    York is by far my favourite city in the UK I absolutely love it!If I had my time over I'd have gone to University in York (and done a completely different degree so I know how you feel).Beautiful pictures and I'm sure you have amazing memories.It's not a goodbye forever, just a goodbye for now :)Rachel | Starlight & Stitches

    • Josie Brownlee
      July 28, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      It's probably one of mine now too! Ah really? Yes, definitely understand that! But hey – exactly I'll definitely be heading back to visit again!

  5. Frock Me I'm Famous
    July 28, 2017 / 9:57 am

    Babes I still can't believe I've never been to York – I always hear so many great things and really need to get my butt in gear and visit ASAP! Hayley

    • Josie Brownlee
      July 28, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Oh Hayley you so need to go! You'd absolutely love it – so many cute cafe spots and lovely scenery (and it's got all the good shops too!)

  6. Ben Black
    August 3, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Life is an adventure, move on to new city is exciting.UA Yeezy 350

    • Josie Brownlee
      August 5, 2017 / 9:47 am

      You're absolutely right Ben!

  7. Olivia McHale
    August 4, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Oh wow, well done for graduating! I would've loved to have gone to the University of York, but alas, I'm a bit of a homebody and wanted to stay in the area I grew up in. My sister is heading off to York St. John in September, so I'm definitely going to have to show her this post if she needs a pick-me-up whilst there.Olivia – The Northernist x

    • Josie Brownlee
      August 5, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thanks so much Olivia! I am too tbh, that's why it was so hard for me! Oh congrats to your sister, I hope she has a wonderful time!! I'll have to get up some more What to Do In York posts for you&her! A friend of mine set up The Brunch and she's got a lot of great places in York on there if you need some ideas!

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