Today marks the 54th day I’ve been here in Birmingham. Well, the number doesn’t mean anything, actually. I wished I wasn’t overwhelmed with other things (read: postgrad life & travelling) that I could have posted this entry earlier. I wouldn’t bore you with my postgrad life and whatnot, so let’s just cut to the chase. So far live’s been quite good, I’ve settled in just fine and in fact I’ve already got the chance to visit some other cities in the UK, expect the posts soon 😉 However, before I jump to describe how beautiful and pretty (or terrible and dull) the other cities are, I think it’s only fair that I present you with the pictures of the city I’m living in since the previous post only cover the Selly Oak area, this post will take you to explore the heart of Birmingham where most of its main attractions are located at.
It is probably safe to say that Birmingham is the city of clock tower since it has quite a number of clock tower one of which is the tallest on earth (Old Joe in University of Birmingham). And there’s another one right in the middle of the city, beautifully incorporated with the Museum of Birmingham building.
If you turn just slightly to the right (of left, depends on where you are heading), you’ll find yet another tower standing in the middle of a square, it’s the Chamberlain Square. People are sitting, meeting, chatting, or just passing by the water fountain just below the tower. In the background you might notice a building that resembles an ancient Greek building (at least that what my impression was) which is the Birmingham Town Hall
Walk straight ahead toward the renovated Piccadilly Circus, you’ll find yourself in a tiny yet somewhat majestic monument called The Hall of Memories. This building was built to commemorate the lives of thousands Birmingham citizen that lost during the World War I.
Nearby, there standing the new Library of Birmingham. The building is not only unique because it stand out among the other rather old architectural building that surround it but also because its post modern style architecture. As a bookworm myself I tell you that this library is heaven for those who love to read since it provides varieties of books that are not only for educational purpose but recreational like novels as well. I should really arrange another trip to this library.
Looking down from the roof of the Library of Birmingham you might indulge on Birmingham skyline. Not too impressive but it’s quite soothing.
Walking down some corners of Birmingham City Center you would notice that there are a lot of red brick buildings in Birmingham. I’m not really sure about this but maybe it’s what its known for. And what I admire from this city is despite the rapid development of the city modernization, it still preserves the old building with its signature architectural design.
And there’s that, a glimpse of Birmingham City Center. I promise I would explore more of Birmingham but since I’ve still got quite a long time in here, I’d most likely try to explore another cities first.