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: ยฃ1 guest list for students before half 11 and ยฃ6 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. ยฃ6 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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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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Life in Photographs #3

Hello everyone!

If you’ve been following me on my social media accounts, you might know that I travelled 6 hours from my home town to sunny Looe in Cornwall with my mum her girlfriend, my sister and our two little doggies. Whilst I was there, I happened to take countless and countless amounts of pictures, in which I though I’d share here.

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I hope you enjoyed looking at these images as I enjoyed capturing them. I have posted some images upon my Instagram, which you can view by clicking here.

Life in Photographs #2

Hello everyone!

If you follow me upon my social media accounts, you might know that I recently travelled down to Brighton with my boyfriend for four days. I’m currently back in the sunny North (sarcasm) now, however I thought I’ll share with you my little trip. The images that you will see below, are images that I captured with my Nikon D3200. I won’t lie, I was a little rusty with my camera after not really picking it up for a good two months or so since my A Levels. However, I think I gained some pretty good images.

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I do hope you enjoyed looking at these photos, if you did you can see more upon my Instagram account.

Lots of love

Alisha x