Just a few weeks earlier, I was back in India, sitting and complaining how I missed my ‘International Welcome Week’ ; and the day I finally reached the UK? I was stuck at Heathrow for 6 hours, with nothing to do…not a great start, was it?
But! My rotten grumpy mood changed en route Newcastle, giving me a glimpse of the coast from the skies… wow. It was breath-taking. After that I had a smile plastered on my face. I thought “Finally! The day I was waiting for”… I mean I probably sound a bit too excited, but trust me I was actually quoting Bruno Mars’ “Today My Life Begins”.
And now that I am writing this first post as a Newcastle University Student Blogger, I realise it has been 3 weeks that I have been here! And somehow it feels like it has been more? I think that is a good thing, it means I’ve settled down. But it doesn’t change the fact that I am new here! And there is so much to explore!
However, I don’t think I did bad being the the ‘New girl in the city’ ; Here are the things that stood out for me…
Leazes Terrace the student hall I am in looks beautiful from the outside but is a maze full of corridors on the inside! I love my cosy little room, and yes there is a bunch of people who dirty the common kitchen, which means I have to clean more…but I hope to become a good cook by the end of the year! Finger’s crossed!
and the pasta! So true that pasta is synonymous with student life!
Apple Picking with SNAP! I just followed a classmate who signed up with some activities with the student union, and the next thing I knew I was at a beautiful garden at Scotswood, near Newcastle College, picking apples and blue berries and taking a lot of photographs!
Leazes Park is right next door for me, so I had to go there…and did any of you notice that the swans sometimes go upside down? Please tell me why?!
And my first metro trip to Tynemouth! What a beautiful place, and we picked the right day as the local market was one I am glad I witnessed! Ended up sitting on the grass outside the fort and eating cupcakes! Then a long walk to the lighthouse…and the Shields Ferry…short but sweeeeet!
The Quayside and the bridges! I went there for the Sunday market…to catch the buzz, explore the Baltic and the Sage and witness the infinity symbol that the Millenium bridge becomes when it is opened!
I went another evening as well, to see it all lit up…what a mesmerizing view it was!!!
Jesmond Dene – what a place to explore… I think you can spend your whole Sunday there…just pack a lot of food! The waterfall isn’t all that glam, but the rustic look of the park is the attraction!
Shakespeare! One thing on my bucket list was to catch a Royal Shakespeare company play! And I did! At the majestic looking Theatre Royal, and watched a performance of ‘Two gentlemen of Verona” … I think the experience itself was much more than the play itself!
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