Days 14, 15 and 16 – Birmingham
Arriving in London Heathrow from Barcelona was exciting. Not only was I now in the United Kingdom, but I also reunited with Mum for the next leg of my trip. This was so special and Mum and I were both so happy to see each other on the other side of the world.
Two and a half hours after meeting up, Mum and I saw ourselves arrive in Birmingham. Birmingham seemed like a familiar city. It reminded me much of Melbourne with its industrial feel, and narrow city streets. Sandwiched in the midst of such streets were historical 18th century landmarks like the grand Victoria Square, adding an archaic atmosphere to the cityscape.
After having a little walk around, Mum and I spent the evening catching up on everything we had both missed in the past fortnight. I showed Mum all the pictures I had taken in Spain, and told her how much fun I had over dinner at our hotel, the Hyatt Regency.
The following day Mum and I ventured off to Leamington Spa. This was an emotional adventure, as we were able to visit my Granddad and Nanna’s first home where my mum was born. Leamington was so peaceful, and filled with lots of colour from the bright flowers that decorated the town. The street itself where Mum’s house still sat, was gorgeous. We both felt such a spiritual connection to it, and were so glad that we made the trip there.
After arriving back into Birmingham by train, Mum and I stopped by Grand Central for some delicious Vietnamese Pho. It was then time to meet up with our cousin Harry, who we would be meeting for the first time.
It was surreal to meet Harry, who showed us around every corner of Birmingham from the local marketplace, to the array of shops. We visited the Bullring, where we enjoyed a coffee inside Selfridges at Pret a Manger and I finally found myself a good chai latte abroad!
Harry then showed us Lush (which Mum and I had never seen before despite there being stores here in Melbourne), and Urban Outfitters too!
It was then time for some dinner, and we all agreed to dine at an Italian restaurant nearby. We could not believe how quickly the day had flown by, and were sad to see it come to an end.
The next day Mum and I spent exploring more of the city. We visited Birmingham’s library, the biggest in Europe, and also found a hidden canal behind our hotel. Being a Saturday night, the pubs along the canal were filled with locals whose cheers and laughter could be heard from afar.
There is something about Birmingham that draws you in. Maybe its the amiable people, who welcome you into their city with open arms, or the familiar charm of a fast-paced city, where you almost feel as though you are at home…
I would just like to say a big thank you to Harry for showing us around such a beautiful city, and for spending such a memorable day with us. It a day that we will never forget and we cannot wait to catch up again!
Chelsea Elizabeth xx