Plymouth for me has been very close to my heart since I was young. I remember visiting the National Marine Aquarium and was awestruck by the amazing collection of marine life. We walked around The Plymouth Sound after the aquarium visit and with the blanket of snow that covered the ground and with the fantastic view of the Sea, I fell in love with the city. I have always wanted to come back ever since. When I picked my course, I was given the lovely opportunity (by my mum) to choose a University, Plymouth was one of my top three. On acquiring a scholarship to study in Plymouth University, my choice became clear.
Apart from the University itself, there are several other aspects of Plymouth that I enjoy which you may or may not encounter in other English cities. The so called ‘Ocean City’ has a fantastic view of the harbour side from almost any part of Plymouth. I get to appreciate the view almost every time I step out of my house and I live about half an hour away from the seaside! The city has a real feel of the British way of life, with most restaurants, in and around the Barbican area serving traditional English meals. However, there are options of trying new cuisines and new food items in general. I recently had a white chocolate milkshake with (wait for it..) avocado at Boston Tea Party at the Barbican, and I promise it tastes a lot better than it sounds (I sadly do not have a picture). There is something for all kinds of people at the Barbican; from shopping to glass and art galleries. Not to mention, they are affordable too!
I never run out of places to visit in and around Plymouth because there is so much to do and to take in. Saying that, I have not been to the Gin distillery yet! (As I only recently heard about it). There is almost an abundance of places that you can visit and all it takes is a bus or a ferry ride (always a better option!). Some places that I have been to include Mount Edgecumbe, Mount Gould, Mount Batten, Cawsand beach, Jennycliffe Bay, Devils point and a little Cornish village past Mount Edgecumbe whose name I cannot remember. I promise, with the Sun making an extended appearance during the summer, these places look stunning!
If you are someone who appreciates nature, and likes to get involved with it, especially the water, (with an occasional bad luck on the weather side of things) then Plymouth is the place for you. The city has been extremely open and welcoming to me and having just been here for two years, I have already gained a sense of belonging (so much so, I can comfortably call it ‘my’ city while talking to my friends and my parents).