Birmingham – By @megan_egan
By Megan Egan
It feels weird being home. The first thing someone said to me was that I’ve become posh. Well I’m pleased to report any posh pronunciations have been knocked out of me now, I’ve definitely regained my Brummie twang.
In all honesty, I can’t wait to get back to London. Fitting in seeing all your family and friends into a few days is exhausting, especially when all you want to do is hibernate in bed and prepare for term 3.
That being said, it’s still great to be back and catch up with everyone. Here’s a few things I’ve missed about Birmingham:
- I can drive everywhere. I bloody love driving around with my tunes blasting. It’s something I really miss in London, where is just makes no sense to drive.
- Curry, curry, curry. Birmingham is the home of the balti, and you better believe no curry will ever compare to the ones you get from the Balti Triangle in Stirchley. Every time I come back I just have to pay a visit to Diwan Balti, and the best part is, unlike Brick Lane, you can get through the doors without feeling violated by touts.
- The constant reminder that we have more canals than Venice. It’s a claim Birmingham holds dear, and shouts about at every opportunity. Yes, we do have a lot of canals, and some of them are even nice enough to walk along without the fear of being mugged.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise really, that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. It’s a much bigger city. But I guess that’s neither here nor there.
- Secret Walls. A live illustration battle. They have this in various cities around the world, so it’s not unique to Birmingham, but you’re always guaranteed to have a crowd of friendly faces at one of these events. What a great way to catch up with everyone all at once.
- Maybe this should have come higher up on the list. Oops. It’s always great to see the family and how proud they are of you, even though they don’t really understand what you do. After being dragged from pillar to post, to see everyone from grandma to second cousin, twice removed, I’ve definitely enjoyed the Easter family rounds.
- The prices. A round of drinks here costs significantly less than in London.
- The Jewellery Quarter. Ah – my old stomping ground. I lived in various flats in the Jewellery Quarter throughout the years before moving to London. It’s amazing to see how rapidly it’s changing. The old industrial haven for jewellers and goldsmiths alike, has now become largely residential, full of loft-style apartments and quirky gin bars. Although it’s mostly a building site now, a few years down the line this is going to be the place to be… It was still cooler when I lived there though.
That’s about all the words I have in me for now, so I’ll just finished this SCAB by reminding you all that I HATE SCABS!
DOWN WITH SCABS!