Nottingham.

I’ve lived in Nottingham now for nearly three years. I still cannot believe it has been that long. Though I moved here initially for University, I can happily say that I don’t regret it and have truly enjoyed my time here. However, my time at University is slowly but surely coming to an end; thus, I thought what better way to end such an exciting and significant part of my life by sharing it with the internet. Therefore, it can live on forever.

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If you have never heard of Nottingham, don’t worry, because I hadn’t either, it took me applying to University after University to discover such a city. A city packed with quirky little bars, exciting nightlife and of course an extensive shopping scene perfect for the fashionistas or vintage lovers. It is a place for everyone to enjoy.

If visiting Nottingham, even if for a few days, you will never find yourself bored. Though I haven’t explored the bars as much as I wish (due to my University lifestyle) the ones I have visited are eccentric and a must if you’re old enough to drink. Though, few are even open during the day where you can grab a bite to eat. My top picks for you would be:

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And of course, there’s many more that you need to explore. But that is something you can find yourself, have an adventure in the cities hidden places and find what I haven’t. Something, I have explored just a touch more. Is the nightlife. Of course, me being a student, I’ve probably been to every club night on every day that is possible. Although I tend to stick to the student nights because it is a lot cheaper than the average weekend.

  • Dirty Monday’s @ Pom Pom: £1 guest list for students before half 11 and £6 tickets for any time later. I’ve frequently visited this venue on a Monday and have always enjoyed my time here. Consisting of two rooms, main room, which plays a range of music and the RnB room which obviously plays RnB.
  • Tape Tuesdays @ Pryzm: First-year me would have never missed a single tape Tuesday. I loved it with a passion. £6 tickets or pay on the door, though there is a chance you might not make it into the venue. With 6 rooms that all have a different style and vibe to them. Though the favourites would have to be PRYZM room that plays chart and techno music, Vinyl that plays the cheesiest yet the best music of all and finally RnB that I can stand for 10 minutes before wanting to leave.
  • Ocean Wednesdays @ Ocean: probably the best night of all. Especially for Trent Students. 100% a student club only being allowed entry if you have a student card. Tickets are extremely difficult to get hold off, mainly getting hold of them through a society or queuing ALL NIGHT. Which, although I have never done. I don’t blame those who have. I mean, it’s a fancy dress themed club!
  • Tuned Thursdays and Get Lucky @ Rock City: I think every student in Nottingham can safely say that Rock City is one of the best clubs. It had three rooms and a balcony making it very spacious and therefore room for everyone to dance in any stupid way they can. Out of the two nights, however, Thursday is the better night in my opinion.
  • Saturday: you have the choice of any mentioned club though the pricing will be a lot more expensive. Or, consider some bars and go and explore the hidden places.
  • Sunday: Typically not a day to go out, however, Bowery is the place to go. A small venue but perfect for an intimate night with friends listening to chill R n B music. And, if you get bored during the night adventure down to Propaganda where the drinks are cheap and the night is long. Props are open until 5am… 5am!!

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Brighton: Fun at the seaside

Now Brighton is most likely one of my favourite places to visit in England. Especially during the summer. I’ve been a couple of times now, and I’ve enjoyed every experience and every time I’ve adventured down there. In comparison to my hometown, St Helens which can be somewhat boring a dull – Brighton is creative, quirky and diverse. What is not to love?

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Luckily for me, my uncles had an apartment in Hove that wasn’t too far away from the seafront and just a short walk from the town itself. The best of both worlds. Brighton has everything for everyone – and when I say that, I really mean it. It has pubs and bars for adults, arcades and fair for all and children’s play areas running along the beach front. Not only does it have all this but independent and eccentric shops down small lanes. My most favourite shops and places I’d advise you to visit would be, Collectif, To Be Worn Again, Beyond Retro and Snoopers Attic – that is if you’re into the vintage outlandish stores. If not, there’s not to worry. There are also shops such as Topshop, New Look and Primark. Not only is there a range of vintage clothing shops, but there is also plenty of quirky stores that sell everything from vinyl, posters, stationery and even chocolate. Leading onto one of Brighton’s most famous stores – even appearing on TV is Choccywoccydoodah and if you are a chocolate lover, without a doubt you will absolutely adore this store. The store sells a variety of cakes, chocolate gifts and even merchandise. Let’s not forget the cafe. The cafe is small and above the chocolate store. Only a small amount of people are allowed in the cafe itself, having numerous people come back later in the day as it is constantly busy. However, it is definitely worth the wait just to have a taste of their delicious chocolate.

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Other places that I’d advice you to see if you’re taking a trip is the Royal Pavilion, the former royal residence in Brighton. Initially, it was built as a retreat for George, Prince of Wales in 1787. In the style of Indo-Saracenic revival but has since been transformed into a history museum. If you’re worried about money, don’t be. Admission is pretty cheap being £13.50 for adults and children aged 5-15 at £8.00 and of course, discounts depending on your age and where you live. For more information, just follow this link https://brightonmuseums.org.uk/royalpavilion/  where you can explore the depths of the Royal Pavillion.

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Though Brighton is a large seaside resort with plenty to do, London is only a short train journey away and for those who love city culture, like me, it is definitely worth the visit. On my trip from Brighton to London, I have managed to explore the exquisite range of shops that London has to offer, as well as Buckingham Palace and of course the beautiful theatre life. 

My Travel Bucket List

There is a lot of places that I would love to travel to before I die. Too many in fact, that I don’t think I could possibly keep track off. However, I thought I’d write as many of the places that I could think of here and maybe one day I will write a post about my experience in one or more of these destinations. Now, I must state these are no way in any type of order.

Great Barrier Reef
Australia

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Photo credited to Mark Gray

A beautiful and magnificent sight that stretches more than 3000km up the northeastern coast of Australia. The worlds largest set of coral reefs with 400 different types of coral and 1500 species of fish. There has also been a variety of whales, dolphins and porpoises. As well as this, there are six species of sea turtles and 17 different sea snakes. Although, if you’re still not convinced by such a picturesque landscape and species, then the fact that the reef may no longer be around in the next couple of years due to rising sea temperatures that have been bleaching and killing the coral might tempt you to see it before its end. It certainly has me.

Dubrovnik Old City Walls
Croatia

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According to playwriter, critic, polemicist, and political activist George Bernard Shaw, someone so enchanted by such a beautiful city said that “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik” and referred the place as “the pearl of the Adriatic”. A scenic old town that was also the setting for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. So, a fan of Game of Thrones? Then you should definitely visit. There is also a variety of Gothic and Renaissance churches, alluring Venetian palazzos with carved fountains. The perfect place to capture so stunning landscape shots.

Temples of Angkor
Cambodia

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Now, who wouldn’t want to see these magnificent and quaint temples, one of the worlds greatest to the Hindu God, Vishnu and the greatest monuments of the Hindu Kingdom. A temple so extraordinary, cut from thousands of sandstone blocks and carved floor-to-ceiling with legends from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. Angkor wat has a complex of more than 1000 temples, shrines and tombs that create a literal city. So, if you want to see what beautiful sites the world has to offer Angkor wat should definitely be on your to-do list.

Salar de Uyuni
Bolivia

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Such a beautiful landscape and one of the worlds largest salt flats is Salar de Uyuni. Hotels such as the Palacio de Sal – built solely from salt and when I say built solely from salt, I mean that the walls, floor, ceilings, furniture and even the sculptures are made from salt. It is a literal statement. Taking a tour across the Salar de Uyuni a magnificent scene where the surface water transforms the floor into a mirror. Who wouldn’t want to see something so alluring?

The Ubud Monkey Forest
Bali

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Photo credited to the monkey forest Ubud website

Who wouldn’t want to visit a bunch of monkeys in their habitat? Roaming around freely. The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Bali, Indonesia. It is a truly magical and enchanting experience and anyone would be lucky if they had the chance to experience such a place. According to the Ubud Monkey Forest website, there are around 600 monkeys residing in the forest. The forest uses the Tri Hita Karana concept, a traditional philosophy “stating three ways to reach physical and spiritual well-being”. Therefore, not only do you get to see a variety of monkeys yet kind find a sense of peace.

The Northern Lights

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Photo credited to Jamie Carter

Who wouldn’t want to see such an illuminating and fascinating sight? The perfect place to capture such mesmerizing images. Whilst most people travel to Europe to see the auroras, you can also view the lights in Northern Alaska. I’ve read, that the lights are at their most intense during the months of September and March due to the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun. There are a number of places where you can stand and watch the northern lights such as; Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Greenland and Canada.

Thailand Islands
Thailand

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Now, who wouldn’t want to see the beautiful islands in Thailand? Ko Phi Phi is the largest out of all the Thai islands and provides beautiful infrastructures and views.  If you’re into rock climbing, scuba diving and hiking then Koh Tao is the island for you. Becoming more popular in the tourist factor, a variety of bars and nightclubs have opened to regulate to such population. If you’re more into the views such as magnificent waterfalls, white sand beaches, rainforests and coral reefs then adventure off to Ko Chang.

Torres del Paine National Park
Chile

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Photo credited to Ecocamp Patagonia website

This stunningly beautiful landscape found in the lakes and mountains of Chile is truly a magical and enchanting place. Torres del Paine National park is the perfect place to disconnect yourself from everyday realities and place yourself within the unfathomable mountains. So large and monstrous in size, you seem almost insignificant to the world. As well as this, you can explore Chiles capital Santiago – a city full of dance, theatre and music.

Of course, there are so many places that I would love to visit and hopefully, one day I will. But for now, for today I’ll only share a few destinations.

NYC: A city full of wonder, culture and intensity.

Now, it’s been a good three years since I visited New York. But I can remember it as though it was yesterday. The freshness that seemed to flatter the air as I walked out of the airport. A city unlike any other. A city like a dream, wonder and anticipation.

I don’t even know where to begin with this city. Or how to begin. New York has always been a city I’ve dreamt about, a city I never expected to visit in my lifetime. But when the opportunity arose, I grabbed it as quick as I could. How could I let such an exciting opportunity go? Who could? As a child, New York was everywhere from my favourite TV shows to novels and even across my small town in the North of England. It was everywhere and I had to see it.

It’s a city like you would never expect. It’s so much more. It has everything you could ever dream off, from the people to the buildings to the adventures. I remember the feeling as we drove towards the big city, I could see it in the distance and even from afar you could see how substantial the city truly was. It was mesmerising. The buildings higher and taller than I ever believed, you could sense how truly hectic the city was.

Now, I went with my College so I was aged around seventeen – eighteen and to a young adult adventuring into an immense city, a trip without parents for the first time was a big deal and completely nerve-wracking. But I wouldn’t change my experience for the world. The city was looming over us as we drove towards the big apple and as we entered. My god, I couldn’t even explain the feelings that ran throughout my body. I expected to see businessmen and women clattering about, rushing with cups of coffee in their hands as they raced to their jobs. But no, to my surprise we entered the city during Gay Pride. Therefore, the city was packed with such a diverse culture. Men and women danced around the streets drinking beers and wine in celebration of such a positive stance against discrimination. Bright colours illuminated from building and floating parades that made their way down the streets.

However, due to the pride, it made it extremely difficult for our coach to make its way through the NYC streets. Ultimately, we had to grab our luggage and attempt to find our hotel by ourselves. And there we were. Twenty-something students stranded in the middle of New York without any clue on where to go. Luckily, our teachers had visited the same hotel on a previous trip and had a slight idea where to go. Nevertheless, that did not help. The group ending up splitting with some students rushing as they followed the teachers with some including me who stopped, sat on their suitcase and watched the parade float by. I had just got into New York. There was no way I was missing such an experience. Unfortunately, at this point, I had my camera packed away and wasn’t able to capture any decent images. But I did get a few videos on my phone.

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I went with my English Literature class during my A-Levels so the trip consisted of seeing landmarks that related to the novels that we had read. Such as The Great Gatsby. Therefore, we saw the Plaza hotel an iconic and truly historic building built in 1907. I and a few friends walked to Queensboro bridge to view how monumental it truly was, and I don’t exaggerate when I say it was colossal and honestly so magnificent. We took a bike ride around central park, viewing sites such as The Ramble and Lake, Strawberry Field’s Imagine Mosaic, which honoured The Beatles John Lennon who lived and was killed at the Dakota Apartments just across the road from the sight and the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain. All, which was such a sight to see and definitely worth adding it to your to-do list. Also, I would advise catching one of the bike rides around the park. Depending on the person you get and how you deal with it, it’s very cheap.

Of course, NYC is such a big city and it’s just impossible that you are able to see all the sights within three days. But you can see an awful lot if you plan it carefully and stick to it. Other sights that I saw that I think any first time tourist has to see would by Times Square. The square has a vibe to it, a vibe that I can’t quite pinpoint – it’s almost surreal, as though you are not actually there. The large buildings tower over you almost making you feel light headed when you glance upwards. The lights – especially at night are so bright I honestly believe you would still need to wear sunglasses. Next is the Empire State Building, which is probably the scariest experience yet. You don’t actually realise how high up you are until you look over the edge and see the city. It is breathtaking and definitely hair-raising. But 100% worth it.

Another sight I would make the time to see is the world trade centre memorial. The memorial is in the former location at the World Centre sight, the former location of the twin towers, where on September 11th, 2001 suicide bombers crashed two planes into both buildings killing 2,996 people and injuring over 6,000. The sight itself was eery almost – extremely quiet and peaceful. Yet, beautiful all at the same time. It’s the perfect way to pay your respect to those who lost their lives whilst learning as you go.

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