¡Hola amigos y amigas!
Whoops, wrong language, sorry about that 😉 My Spanish exam is coming up in 12 days and I’ve been revising it for over a week now (including other courses too), but it’s making me really nervous. And what better way is there to escape the study madness for a bit than writing a blog post? I was daydreaming about my trip to Sheffield earlier and figured I really wanted to tell you about my experiences.
On Friday the 13th of April, my friend and I took off on a trip to the beautiful country of England. Yes, on Friday the 13th and it wasn’t exactly our lucky day either. We got to the airport fairly early and everything was fine up until we were ready to board. On the screens it said our flight was boarding, but we were still waiting in line. The flight attendants who had to check our tickets had no idea what was happening either. Shortly after they were informed that there would be a delay. A delay that turned out to last two and a half hours. It wasn’t exactly helping that there was a team of drunk football players waiting to get on the same flight that got a little angry when the beer was sold out.
We were supposed to be arriving in Sheffield at around 7 p.m., but it turned out to be 10:40 p.m. when we finally made it to our hotel room. Luckily, that didn’t disappoint. We stayed at the Hilton hotel and these hotels are definitely as luxurious as you imagine them. We had a massive king-sized bed and a bathroom you can only dream of, including a bath. The bed was so comfy and the room had an amazing view! I’m so happy I stumbled across that promotion and we were able to get that room cheaply. Otherwise we had never been able to afford it.
As soon as we settled in, we decided to just get ready for bed. It had been a long and exhausting day, and the next day promised to be a thousand times better.
Thankfully for us, it did indeed get a lot better. We decided to get up relatively early so that we could do as much sightseeing as possible. We walked all the way to the city centre and took in the environment, this time in daylight. The moment we got to the centre, a big smile appeared on our faces. In the middle of rather old houses and buildings was made room for modern architecture. My friend and I both kept our eyes peeled as we walked through what must have been one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.
My favourite spot was definitely the Peace Garden: behind the town hall there was a fountain surrounded by cherry trees that were beautifully blossoming in that time of the year. Walking through this beautiful place I felt at home, at peace with myself. I felt happy.
Another impressive monument was the Winter Garden and then especially on the outside. It was a piece of modern architecture and I absolutely loved it. If I could, I would’ve just sat outside all day just staring at it. Inside it didn’t disappoint either. Among some beautiful plants and flowers were sculptures especially created for this winter garden and showed some modern art.
The last monument we visited was the City Hall, that unlike – his name makes you think – is a theatre. We didn’t actually go inside, but the outside facade was impressive enough. It looked as if it was a temple straight from the Roman empire, a culture that has always fascinated me.
After that we turned into a cute and cosy shopping streets with some small shops and pubs, to eventually end up in Nando’s. My friend and I both love this restaurant and since we don’t have it in Belgium, we take every chance we get to have lunch there.
As soon as we finished our lunch, we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for the big night and the reason why we made this trip: The Vamps at the FlyDSA Arena. I’m not going to tell too much about it, because then this blogpost would get too long, so I’m going to leave it with the fact that I had the time of my life. I sang a little louder, laughed a little harder and danced like there was nobody watching.
The next day we slept in and by the time we woke up, it was almost time for lunch. I know, shame on us 😉 We took this as an opportunity to have a brunch and went to a place called ‘Craft & Dough’. It was a small, cosy place with the friendliest staff you can imagine and the food was amazing. If you ever happen to be in Sheffield, I recommend you give this place a try. It was next close to the Kelham Island Museum, if I remember correctly.
After lunch we went for a swim in the hotel, as it had started to rain and we therefore weren’t very keen on sightseeing. For dinner we did make an exception and went back out, even though it was still raining. The day before, at the venue where The Vamps were playing, we had seen a restaurant called ‘Five Guys’ and since one of our favourite YouTubers goes there all the time, we wanted to give it a try too. We absolutely did not regret that decision. Even though it was fast food, it was cooked with fresh meat and the potatoes for the fries were fresh too, they even had a sign saying where the potatoes of that day came from. I had a delicious meal and I think I have found a restaurant to compete with Nando’s for my favourite when in the UK.
On our way back to the hotel, we noticed a giant cinema and last minute decided to go see ‘The Greatest Showman’ there. One of the best decisions we made that weekend! I absolutely loved the movie and what I enjoyed the most was the absence of subtitles. English movies are so much more enjoyable to watch when there are no subtitles present, but that also may have to do with the fact that I have a pretty high level of English. Okay, that sounded cocky, I’m sorry!
The following day we didn’t do any more sightseeing. We just had breakfast at the hotel, before catching our train to Manchester Airport and fly home from a nice weekend away from the madness.
For those of you who like doing city trips, I would definitely recommend to have a look at Sheffield. It isn’t that big, but it has quite a few things to visit and it is definitely worth it! I’d love to go back there one day, maybe as a combined trip, like doing Manchester and Sheffield in one weekend.
I hope you al enjoyed this blogpost. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments! I would also love to hear from you if you have ever visited the city and what you thought of it. See you next time!
P.S. In case you’d also want to see a few of the things in Sheffield, I also made a vlog from this weekend away. I hope you enjoy it!