Today is the highlight of our trip and the main reason why we planned this vacation :) We are finally back in Nottingham after graduating for 8 years (9 years for hubby) ! Nottingham may not be a popular town to visit for those coming from holiday overseas (except probably for the Robin Hood Pageant which is held each year in October) but it does hold significant meaning to hubby and me and probably those who had studied here before.
As we had slept pretty early yesterday, we woke up at 6 plus and by 7am, we are ready to explore!
|Outside of Willougby Hall|
|Broadgate Park entrance which I exit every weekend to go to Beeston|
|Hubby and his brother's accommodation flat|
|Gate to access the flat hubby used to stay..|
|Grocers on Saturday next to the butcher|
|Chinese grocers we used to patronise|
|Strawberries on sale!|
We are really not too used to the cold weather as we just got to UK few days ago from Singapore so after strolling for an hour or so, we decided to walk back to Willoughby Hall where we stayed to take our car keys plus a quick toilet break...
Pick up our car key and we are on our way to continue exploring :)
We parked at Trent Building and went to Portland Building. Pass by notice board and saw this "type" of study which we used to participate in the past. It is some psychological test which we gets to earn some cash or some chocolates. We used to love going for this for extra cash and to help up with the study...
Hubby miss his grilled chicken drumstick leg at Portland Canteen but it is closed today as it is Saturday so won't be able to eat it... We will be leaving Nottingham on Monday so no chance to taste it... One of our little regrets... but this does give us a reason to come back, isn't it? :)
Most of the shops in Portland Building is not opened as it is weekend. The student union shop however is opened, thus we went and get ourselves some T-shirts as souvenir :)
We get to choose from selection of fruits, yogurts, some cooked food and toast...
We were quite full after our brunch, thus we skip our lunch :) save money on one meal.. hehe!
Broadmarsh Shopping Mall now has this new Chargebox for Free.... for those who needed to charge their phone halfway while shopping!
Bus station where we took National Express Bus to London, to Heathrow Airport and to various town nearby to explore. We used to buy our tickets in advance especially when we get the 1 pound deal... really good deal to go London for just 1 pounds from Nottingham (about 3-4 hours bus journey)
The pretty library at Jubilee! You don't need stairs to reach the top as you could walk round and round until the top of the building :)
Spend a while exploring Jubilee as I could see hubby has lots of memories of this place.. I was really freezing so I just find somewhere to hide....
Next is Pharmacy Building where I studied for 4 years... Still could remember the prescription test that we had, the practical classes making tablets, creams at the lab etc...
|Back to room to get car keys and a quick toilet break|
|Our drive in UK|
|Our drive in UK|
Now it is nice and warm in the car with the heater... Our next stop is Rutland Hall where I stayed during the first year of my university life. I could still remember the first day we arrived and it was already dark... picking up our keys and lugging our luggage up to second storey where we stayed as there is no escalator. I was lucky to get the same hall as one of my college mates so we do help out and look after one another during our first few months in a foreign country.
|Our mini square in the main block. Below the pointed area is our hall mini library.|
|At Rutland Hall|
|Entrance to dining hall|
|Block F, where one of my other good friend stay... Got to know her during our stay in Rutland and manage to stay in touch even until now.|
|Interior of the bank|
We were famished as it was already 11am and we only shared a chicken pie and a drink earlier, so we went back to Willoughby Hall for our complimentary brunch.
|This is where brunch is served|
This is what i had....
|tadaa... our brunch cum lunch :)|
After brunch, we went back to our room for another toilet break then it is time to explore Nottingham City Centre! On our way there, we passed by the slope that we used to walk from Raleigh Park to city centre...It is about 20-30 minutes walk and we walk to city centre almost every week for our groceries to save on bus fare... Those were the days...
|The quaint building which houses Hard Rock Cafe has changed to another restaurant now|
|Old Market Square|
|Free Charge Box|
Almost done with city centre so next up is our favourite groceries shop at Aldi... they do sell really cheap and quality biscuits and chocolate and some other yummy food. Though the location is pretty far from where we stayed (30-45 mins walk probably), we do make the effort to walk there every few months to stock up our supply...
After which, we visited Jubilee Campus which held much memories for hubby as he used to work in the kitchen here. It is still the same setting as before according to hubby...
|Kitchen where hubby used to work|
|Close up of the library!|
Next stop is lakeside... which is one of the landmark of University of Nottingham. Really pretty and comes with lots of swan too!
|Famous lake with pretty swans|
|Hubby waiting while I go down and snap photos of Pharmacy Building where I studied for 4 years!|
|Little walkway to access to Coates Building or Queens Medical Centre where we have some of our classes as well|
Iceland is open so went in and see see look look.. Warburton bread... used to wait for it to become reduced to clear... can be reduced until 20 pence... kept it inside freezer and slowly eat....
Had some Thorntons ice cream too.. even nicer to eat in this weather.. hehe!
Back to room and rest to refuel for tomorrow!
Tomorrow, we will be attending Sunday Service at Cornerstone Church where we used to worship while studying in Nottingham. I was baptised there as well!
We then will be travelling down to London and I can't wait for dinner tomorrow at Burger and Lobster, the much raved 20 pounds lobster!
Read about our day 5 here.
Read about our day 5 here.