After returning from my 3 months of study in Málaga, it was time to rediscover Plymouth – and what better time to do it than on a sunny August day?
I had to spend some time filming for an SU: Media promotional piece, so I started off at the SU and I was so happy to be back! I'd forgotten just how wonderful the university architecture is, with the shining Roland Levinsky Building poking up into the wonderfully sunny sky. It was lovely to be back on campus on such a delightful summer’s day, despite the awkwardly spaced steps leading down from the SU toward Roland Levinsky still being as annoying as ever. I thought about how my last year of university will be centered around this hub of university life, and it filled me with a lot of excitement and hope.
After trying to be camera friendly in spite of my awkwardness, I made my way to Drake's Circus. The mall is an integral part of Plymouth City Centre, and it felt good to be at the heart of the city again. I'd arranged to meet a friend for lunch at YO! Sushi, who host Blue Mondays every – you guessed it – Monday. This is the perfect haunt for students, with something like 45 dishes being priced at £2.80 a piece! But be careful, those delectable delights pile up quickly. Nevertheless, it was a great re-introduction to Plymouth dining.
We then went for a walk around the usual Plymouthian haunts. Making our way out into the sunshine, I really wanted to go and see the new poppy installation over on the Plymouth Hoe. The exhibition piece, entitled Poppies: Wave, had a crowd of people surrounding it. With each poppy symbolising a lost life, the exhibition created by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper was both visually striking and symbolically profound. I was happy to see that the Plymouth art scene was thriving as always!
We then wound our way down to the little beach on the Hoe Foreshore (cue the jokes), which turned out to be a lot more hostile than the beaches I'd grown accustomed to in Málaga. I have to say, I had a lot of respect for the families having a swim in what felt like genuinely Baltic water, clad in just bikinis and swimming costumes. The water felt absolutely subzero. After dipping my toe in, it was time for some good old-fashioned ice cream action. You can find ice cream vans scattered along the seafront, quite naturally, and they definitely serve to improve a sunny day!
Our natural course made towards the Barbican, where the place was littered with families enjoying the sunshine, and the local bars and restaurants. A young family caught my attention as they were crabbing in the marina – I never knew that you caught crabs with nets baited with bacon, but there you go! The Barbican is one of my favourite places in Plymouth; it's surrounded by boats, right by the sea, and holds a lot of precious memories for me.
If there was any other place that would've topped off my perfect day in and around Plymouth, it would've been a visit to Dartmoor. The national park is unbelievably special to me, and will forever be one of my favourite parts of this area!