Living it up in the City.. of Birmingham.

This morning we were planning on filling out paper work to get our national insurance numbers to start applying for work. We didn`t hear Royal Mail come to the door (turns out our door bell doesn`t work) so we can`t get our paper work until tomorrow. We needed to sign for it.

Since our plans changed our flat mate and ourselves decided to make a trip into Birmingham city centre. The bus dropped us off at the library. After getting proof of address we were able to sign up for cards. The library was amazing. It was nine floors, and their goal is to be the best library in the world.


First we had to walk further into city centre to get our proof of address from the bank.
All the buildings looked so amazing to us since the everything was so branch new to us.
We walked past the war memorial and then down stairs to the town hall and the Museum and Art Gallery.



Victoria square is pretty grand looking and so far we were very impressed with our new home. Our bank was located close to the square so we got our proof of address before heading back to the library.

There was 4 floors of books, a floor for archives, a secret garden and a Shakespeare memorial. We went to every floor. The views of Birmingham from the top of the library were spectacular. This is why we moved here, to live in the city. “I can`t believe we live here” is all I kept saying.


















 

All three of us checked out books then after hours of being at the library we headed to Waterstones (a big chain bookstore). Our flat mate bought a board game (221b Baker Street-The Sherlock Holmes master detective game) to satisfy our entertainment needs at home.


I searched for somewhere to eat on Happycow.net and found a place called “Cherry Reds CafĂ©”. They had tons of vegan options on their menu. We both ordered the hearty vegan breakfast for £6 and a drink. Our meals were fantastic; they hit the spot! Our flat mate ordered the falafel burger which he said was good as well. We got a vegan carrot cake for dessert for £2.50 and it was the best carrot cake I`ve ever had.



After lunch we continued to walk around, we walked through the huge mall called the Bull Ring, which lead us to a beautiful cathedral.






Our feet were getting tired though so we just went to the stores we wanted to go to then headed back to the bus stop to go home. The bus came within minutes and we were back before we knew it!

Once at home we relaxed and played Sherlock Holmes.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more of Birmingham, check out our post on "Hiking along the canal"

Comments

  1. This city looks so beautiful! I'd love to go and see the Shakespeare memorial.

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  2. What a fantastic city! I'd love to explore here. The buildings are all amazing and that food? Yum!

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  3. Oooo Birmingham loooks like one fun city to Visit!!! Looks like I will have to plan a trip!

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  4. Glad you're getting settled in nicely! I'd love to see that library - between all the books and the secret garden, it sounds like exactly the place for me.

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    1. The Library in Birmingham is amazing. Worth a visit or two.

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  5. Birmingham is such a cool and lovely city. We've never visited and feel like we've been missing out. Libraries have been sort of dying out in today's digital age. It awesome that they have such an inspiring one.

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    1. Yeah, it is a shame. We love going to the Library.

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  6. Very pretty city. Looks like you fit right in.

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  7. That was a very interesting building. You sure did capture quite a few good pictures.

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  8. What a lovely city, i would love to go there :-) Awesome photos!! It seems you had an amazing time there

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    1. Birmingham is great! Hope you make it for a visit one day.

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  9. That library- I've never seen anything like it! I didn't realize how much history or how many beautiful buildings there were in Birmingham!

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    1. It is a very new building in Birmingham. It is our favourite attraction!

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  10. Trips like this is what I love doing the most. I love to visit museums and libraries. I just hope that we have like this in our country. The library is grand and well maintained considering the age of it.

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  11. Oh wow so many wonderful sights to see in Birmingham. That library looks incredible but I adore libraries so thats usually a fun place to visit for me.

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    1. Birmingham is a very lovely city. We recommend it to anyone.

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  12. What a fantastic time!The architecture is fantastic :) Would love to see them in person!

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  13. It looks like such a beautiful city! I love going to museums because it says a lot about the city :)

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    1. Yes you can learn a lot about a place in a museum. I find I remember more too, than just reading a book about it.

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  14. Birmingham, UK?
    I'm planning a trip from Massachusetts to Birmingham, UK and back. I'm not sure where the airports are that I will be using. Is it possible that I can get there in one plane ride, and if not how many would it be?
    I also need to know how much money just the plane rides alone will probably cost. I'm planning on staying with a friend in Birmingham and therefore don't need to pay for a hotel. I'm hoping to have about $200 extra just to spend. I've never been outside the country except for Canada so this is a big deal for me(:
    Also, I need to know, how do I convert my dollars into pounds, and when? Is there a place at the airports where they do it for you, or do you need to find a bank or something? When on the trip do they stop accepting dollars to pay for things?
    Are there boats that could bring me back and forth, and would that be any cheaper?
    Thank you for your time and your help!! (

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    1. Sorry for the late response. That's a lot of questions. Check expedia and see if there are direct flights from Mass to Birmingham. You might have to fly to one of the 3 London airports. In that case it would be 2 flights. The cost depends on what time of year you go and what deals are on. Maybe $700 round trip. You can go to an atm in the UK with your debit card and pull out money in pounds. Or you could go to your bank and buy pounds before you leave. There are places at the airport you can go to to buy different currency too. When you get to the UK they aren't going to accept dollars if you go to a store so you will have to get pounds. There are cruises that cross the atlantic ocean but they are usually a lot more expensive and they take quite a few days to cross. It is not a money saving option. I hope this helps.

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  15. Would you suggest living in Birmingham?

    What are the great and terrible focuses?

    I'm very nearly 23 and considering moving there as my mum seems to be. I at present live in a little city in the south west and where openings for work in the territory I work in are restricted, particularly as I cannot drive and there isnt much to do. So Im figuring this may be a decent opportunity to encounter living some place more energetic in a generally safe manner, I can live with my mum initially paying little lease and in the event that I like it would locate my own particular place.

    I have fears however as I'd surrender living in a region where there's next to no genuine wrongdoing and I never need to stress over my security. Is B'ham as harsh as its made out to be?

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    1. Sorry, getting back to you so late, your comment was sent to our spam folder for some reason. Not sure if you are still thinking of moving to B'ham but I thought I'd comment quickly. We really enjoyed living in Birmingham and found that there was lots of stuff to do there and events. There are also a lot of nice spots to live in B'ham. We didn't really have any bad experiences but obviously you have to be a bit street smart like in any city.

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