Me and my university friends have a tradition to go on a Christmas trip for the past four years. I couldn‘t think of a better way to spend some time with your friends especially when you get to explore new places during Christmas time. So this year we have decided to visit Birmingham since one of our friend (hi Avelina) lives there at the moment.
First stop on our day out in Birmingham was a BBC Birmingham because we had a tour there with tour guides and everything who could not have made our tour any more interesting, they were simply excellent. At the end of a tour, the group I was with got to record a radio play. I was just watching this activity but it was absolutely hilarious. It provided us with an insight into how the sound and voice elements of a radio play fit together.
At the end of the day we visited the famous Frankfurt Christmas Market. It really gets you in the festive mood and gives the chance to visit an authentic German market outside of Germany. We had a wander around the food and drink stalls opting for a Baileys hot chocolate.
The next day started with some Christmas shopping and Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe with over 200 stores including some of my high street faves. Even though it was super crowded, there were live Christmas music playing in the background which always makes everything better. At least for me. I know how many people hate that ;D
Of course, as graduates of Cultural studies, we had to visit at least one gallery or library so we did. Ikon is an internationally acclaimed art gallery in central Birmingham, housed inside a neo-gothic school building. With free entry, it features artists from all over the world working in paint, sculpture, film, sound, photography and installation. Wouldn‘t say I enjoyed it much but it‘s free and they have a cute bookstore inside where you can find great Christmas gifts.
The day ended up in Digbeth which is an area of Central Birmingham. While you’re in Digbeth be sure to have a wander around the galleries and studios around The Custard Factory where you’ll find some beautiful graffiti and lots of street artists.
I guess this is it. I don‘t think I would ever visit this city again because it was not my cup of tea. It was too industrial and too all over the place but this weekend was wonderful because I had the best time with my friends. Oh and there was a dog too!