Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Last Hurrah: The Notts Wishlist Reviewed

Last week marked a special occasion - I graduated.

I will answer only to Naomi Todd BA Hons now.



(If my fantastic wit is lost on you, this is a joke not me being massively pretentious.)

And four hard, challenging yet amazing years have flown by.

It also marked the end of my time in Nottingham which in turn means I need to see how I did with my last hurrah to-do list. My track record with to-do lists - don't ask me why, I don't like the phrase bucket list - is not great (Exhibit A Exhibit B) but whilst I did not complete a lot of my aims, I did actually get a fair few done (for once).

So what did I get done?

A refined boat ride on Highfields Lake FAIL 


Whilst I didn't ever boat ride, I don't feel I missed out too much. I enjoyed plenty of sunny runs and autumn walks there so I don't feel I missed out too much.

Nottingham Castle FAIL
Another fail, time and money issues.

Posh brunch at Browns FAIL
Ditto.

Annie's Burger Shack DONE



This, I made sure I did and I am so glad I did. Worth. Every. Calorie.

Picnic in Wollaton Park - where BATMAN'S house is DONE (sort of)


From afar


Na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN

There was no picnic, but I did finally make it inside the hall. It has a random taxidermy section but the best bit about Wollaton Park is Sunday morning and watching all the happy dogs lollop about. Bliss.

Nottingham Contemporary to get our culture vulture on FAIL
Obviously not that cultural.

Newstead Abbey, we are in Lord Byron's old stomping ground and it would be rude not to DONE








For just under a fiver, you can get there and back on the bus as well as entrance into the grounds (entrance is £1 for pedestrians). If you are ever in the area, it is definitely worth a visit, if only to see Byron's tribute to his dog.

Warsaw Diner to recover from the night before FAIL
Money problems yo.

Campus 14 / The Bar Crawl that shall not be named DONE



It actually turned out to be a sober off the rails Campus 7 which ended up with us calling it a night before the bars closed.

Boilermaker DONE



It's slightly pretentious, being a hidden bar with a strict door policy but the cocktail descriptions alone make it worth it. Great place for catching with friends over drinks or a date night.

Go on one of Nottingham's infamous trams FAIL
Trams are everywhere, no biggie.

Grad Ball DONE



Whilst I did complain incessantly about how expensive it was beforehand, I was so glad that I decided to fork out in the end. It was a fitting way to wave goodbye to my uni years.

Swimming in the Trent FAIL
This admittedly was ambitious especially considering the Great British Summer and our time never came.

Bluebell for old times' sake FAIL (thank god)
The years of £1 Jaegerbombs are well and truly behind me.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which may or may not be the oldest pub in England DONE
If you're looking for the quintessential English experience head to Ye Olde Trip, reputedly the oldest pub in England and have a pint. G'wan.

Trent SU FAIL
Didn't get round to going before Trent's term ended.

Bad JuJu DONE (kind of)




Went to their sister bar The Rum House below with the parents for Caribbean tapas and cocktails. Yes, it's as good as it sounds.

Canal Crawl FAIL



Another victim of my financial woes but again like with the Highfields boating on the lake, I've had many an enjoyable run along the canal.

So there you have it; my time in Notts is up! I'm back home now, thinking constantly about the next step. But now is the time to think about the past four years - the ups, the downs and most importantly the lessons learnt. Whilst I may have inadvertently found out that I'm not particularly academic, university has still been a hugely valuable experience that has opened doors of opportunity to me, in particular that of my year abroad, which in itself is worth the blood, sweat and tears poured into the past four years. Of course, there are also the amazing friendships forged throughout some of which will hopefully (fingers crossed) last outside of the student bubble.


Nottingham in a nutshell

It has been (literally) a learning curve (I know I am such a hoot). But whilst my time in education is over - for now, at least - I am still at the beginning of my learning journey. There is still so much I want to see, do, learn and discover and I don't even know where to start.

Now for the next chapter!

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