Moving Back To My Family- After Student Accommodation

Moving back felt terrible! I already feel homesick in my student accommodation. The independence, I had to make my own decisions. Also, the ability to cook what I want whenever I want. You know- 5 am peach pies were delicious!

Though moving back helps me get to a much healthier state being able to reconnect with my family. This leads me to think that we all need a balance. Independence yet also being able to connect with people. We all have this social battery and need to use it sometimes. Otherwise, it will make us feel quite lonely.

moving back- from Student Accommodation

If you’re busy meeting lots of new people in a new environment – you will miss it a lot. I would suggest going on hikes and visits to new places often. Going to having my own place for 8 months has inspired me a lot. It gave me new ideas- it’s like restarting. You’re learning to live independently, and sometimes it inspires you to try new things. I know that my experience is very different to other people’s but try it first before not doing it.

You might enjoy it, you might find someone, and you could make many new friends! I miss the friends part the most since it’s a bit more difficult to hang out being cities apart.

My parent’s neighbours are quite loud, and the accommodation was during university. Though you’re there when most people have moved back to their parent’s homes early, it’s quiet. It’s the quietness and solitude that can sometimes inspire you.

Money can be a problem since you’ve got to purchase your stuff and fix things when they break. When you’ve moved back, you don’t have to worry as much if you’re helping your parents out with rent. It won’t be as much as the accommodations. The student accommodation rent is a rip-off for a single room. That’s why I tried to use as much power as possible to ensure I got my money’s worth, crypto mining.

Moving back- the bottom line

Honestly, you learn a lot. It’s worth getting student accommodation- you mature a lot and learn to live on your own. You have to deal with people you don’t know so your social skills improve. Shared housing is always available if you don’t want to be with students.

Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey

A funny seagull on the Seagull Trail
A rather funny angle of a seagull on the trail.

A seagull trail is a trail in a city where you follow the seagulls and where they’re going- perhaps they’ll lead you somewhere that you’ve never been before. The best times are in the afternoon when it’s primarily bright, and that’s the prime time that the seagulls are looking to find food!

The seagull trail in Liverpool has brought me to the prime location of the Albert Dock, which of course, tourists are heavily populated where they will tend to feed the seagulls. Or perhaps- have something that the seagulls want to steal! I suggest bringing a camera on the trails so that you can take amazing photographs of the seagulls and probably send them as lovely little postcards to people!

So, follow me on my trail as I left my flat at Albert Court on London Road- I proceeded to follow the seagulls heading towards the Walker Art Gallery, where lots of them sat down on the lampposts! They then guided me towards the St. John’s Gardens, full of remembrance flowers for the fallen in our wars (mostly the first and second world war(s))- and much beautiful architecture. Views of the area are stunning, with the grass being nicely cut and the statues imposing themselves upon the garden.

Seagull Trail: Seagull looks confident.
This seagull is looking quite confident!

From Dale Street To Pier Head

I then followed the seagull trail down through Dale Street and Water Street to the Pier Head- there were many scaffolded buildings that I photographed, thinking they were great for pictures! The sun imposing itself onto the buildings makes the photographs very majestic despite the ugliness of scaffolds. Down at Pier Head was usually busy but even more active with the seagulls, mostly resting like cats. This, paired with the highly bright day, had created a unique photograph- along with the wind, therefore, creating “Contemplating on a Windy Day”.

Then I followed the seagulls further when they took off- over to the Albert Dock and the surrounding area where they’d steal your fish and chips! Seagulls are not that unique at all, but it’s still fun to follow them on a trail- they just prefer to visit populated places just for the food. They’re really not so different from us at all, haha! It was getting dark at the end of my seagull trail, marking the course’s end! I’d recommend making a seagull trail for anyone who hasn’t done one since they’re sometimes very random, and you can unconsciously find the photograph you never knew you’d loved to take!

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West Bank (and a bit of Runcorn) (Extra Episode)

This segment is an extra episode for my “A Student’s View on Liverpool” podcast which you can watch here. The extra episode explores West Bank and a small number of its tourist attractions.

On Wednesday, I had visited my parents, though that’s definitely not going to be the highlight of this post! On this March day, there was a sight in the Silver Jubilee bridge while going across it (this is why it’s better to be a pedestrian, so you get to see these things!!).

Silver Jubilee Bridge and Runcorn Graffiti

Crows, lots of them, all nesting on top of the bridge! Using the pedestrian walkway, I was able to take a few photographs of them! However, the bridge itself is a remnant of the industrial period that the surrounding towns (Widnes and Runcorn) have in common, especially West Bank. West Bank used to be an area for the soap industry in the United Kingdom. The local museum, the Catalyst, has catalogued the history of this area in much more detail than I will explain. The museum, however, is more catered to children and as a child, I had visited it quite a lot, so I didn’t really want to go in there while visiting my parents.

In the area, there is a rather large amount of graffiti – especially in the West Bank Subway (though if you really want to view it- make sure to stomach the smell of urine and defecation haha!). On the subject of graffiti, a taxi driver had told me of a few iconic graffiti works in Runcorn- one he compared to Banksy’s work was the cow near Runcorn Station. Though, I still- have yet to view that area as I had to catch the train.

Spike Island, West Bank

Flock of birds coming to feed on duck feed.

Apart from graffiti the area also houses quite a nice park, Spike Island. The park is very forested and has a large canal- so duck feeding is common. Though I wouldn’t recommend visiting as there is currently an avian flu outbreak in the area. I personally think that the area is most beautiful in Spring and Winter when it is most quiet. The cold air adds a breadth of freshness to the region.

A historical note here is that Spike Island was the site for the Stone Roses concert in 1990. Subsequently, a movie named “Spike Island” covers this- though it scores low on Rotten tomatoes.

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A Visit to the Garstang Museum

garstang museum
It’s really looking at you! It’s surely dead? R.. right?
The photograph was taken by myself, the subject of the photograph is property of the Garstang Museum.

On Tuesday, I visited the Garstang Museum, its quiet and compact, which is a huge contrast to the World Museum, which is usually really busy and, in my opinion, hard to digest information due to the loudness. Therefore, the Garstang has definitely been a much more pleasant experience!

It contains artefacts excavated by John Garstang from 1902 to 1936, expeditions primarily funded by himself by which he sold artefacts after his returns to fund subsequent expeditions. Usually, expeditions during that time had a lot of colonialist influence. One of the museum workers told me that he had very little of that influence when they were looking to decolonize the museum. Though it’s probably that the mummy who was (supposedly) stuck in an office building for decades is now housed in the museum might disagree!

The items on display range from Greek, Etruscan/Roman, Sudanese, and Egyptian to the Middle East. I was pleased to see that Sudanese artefacts were on display due to the lack of public knowledge of their culture concerning Egyptian history. Most excitingly, a mummified Egyptian was most likely a royal family member due to its crossed arms. This mummy does not relate to the painted coffin box, which I was told by the museum worker. Though the coffin box is around a couple of millennia and still has most of its paint, it reminds me slightly of Mondriaan’s artwork- only a little bit, however, haha!

The rest of the collection contains Roman coinage, Greek pottery- a collection of burnt objects from an Egyptian tomb, a mummified cat inside a child sarcophagus and much more! I suggest anyone reading this should visit the gallery as it offers a lot of insight into the culture and civilizations that were once such mighty states. I say that it shows that any civilization can fall from glory and into a museum collection!

Location

The Garstang Museum is located at 14 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7WZ. You can view it on the map below!

Podcast

Check out the previous post in which I interviewed Dr Emma Roberts on her Jamaica Making exhibition!