An Introduction To My New City

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UPDATE: I have moved out of the bowels of hell that is central London! I now breathe fresh air, I am WALKING DISTANCE (yes, remember that ancient concept, walking?!) from my University, and I even... gasp! Have money in my bank account to SHOP and EAT and HAVE FUN, despite not having done any resale for months.

newcastle city view north east england

I am now a geordie (well, without the accent.) and I could not be happier. Despite the sadness of leaving my friends in London and of course, my boyfriend - I have to be pleased about how much nicer this environment is for working and studying.

newcastle city view north east england

We were treated to a walking tour of the city by the University, from a graduate who actually set up his own tours business after completing his masters degree. I won't lie, my photographs do not do justice - but bear in mind how difficult it was to grab snapshots when it was a non stop walking tour!

newcastle city view north east england
The old co-operative building which has now been sold to Premier Inn... ah sweet capitalistic irony.

newcastle city view north east england
I live right next to 'Chinatown' - which isn't that impressive, in fact it's essentially a grand gate (see the first image in this post) and about two streets of restaurants!

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england
According to one of my course mates, this is one of the best pubs in Newcastle. Needless to say, I'll be back soon.

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england
The front of this hotel is decorated with tiles made by a specific factory in Leeds that was only open for a period of twenty years - By consequence this is one of the most expensive frontages in Newcastle! The front of the building is insured at 4 million GBP.

newcastle city view north east england

newcastle city view north east england
Grey Street repeatedly wins 'the most beautiful street in Britain' award, and I can understand why. It was all designed by the same architect which means there's a nice uniformity of design all along the curving road.

Aled was with me for my first week, it was good to have company as I was in a temporary studio because my actual room (with a shared kitchen and living area) isn't built yet!

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