Wow. Looking back at the last 6 weeks I’ve really come to understand the term “time flies”. Each week has brought something new and exciting and there are still quite a few to come! This weekend was all about history, culture and a guy by the name of William Shakespeare. Friday I traveled to Leicester and met up with Dani. We spent the night walking around the city centre and ending with drinks at Firebug with a few other au pairs. I’m quickly realizing that pubs are a great way to relax and have a night out, without hurting the bank!
Up early on Saturday we started the day with a train ride to Stratford-Upon Avon, home of the playwright and poet, William Shakespeare. We took a 2 hour city walking tour, following his life and city events. Destinations included his birthplace, family homes, business and finally his resting place. Although I’m not as cultured in his history, the stories and events that took place in this small town were so fascinating. The streets were lined with old buildings, many in almost original forms. It was definitely a nice change from the busy cities that I’ve visited so far!
At the end of the day we traveled to Birmingham, the most populous city outside of London. After a long day of walking we decided to make it a simple night, and relaxed at the hostel. This was the first real hostel experience for Dani and I but I would recommend this place to anyone! The rooms and hallways were brightly decorated, and the lobby was so eccentric and internationally decorated. Very oriented around travel and young people!
Despite the weather Sunday we tried to see has much of the city as we could. In the morning we walked towards the Jewelry Quarter, the largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produce 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK (or so wikipedia says lol). This gave us the chance to see parts of the city that you normally wouldn’t see on a tour! We then worked our way back to the city centre and visited the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Three floors of British, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history and culture. You could be there all day! We also wandered around the centeal shopping area called the Bull Ring. Shops lined the streets, along with a 3 story mall. This city a definitely a shopping area if you’re looking to spend!