I have been home for the Christmas holidays for a couple of days now, and it has been really nice to have some time to properly relax and completely forget about work! This semester of third year has really been quite stressful, and being packed with work means my friends and I haven’t be able to do fun stuff as much as in previous years. I thought I’d share with you a couple of things I did last week to celebrate the end of our stressful term.
For one of my modules, each person in our class had an individual 15-minute presentation on Monday, which means we were in university listening to people speak about their projects from 11am – 5pm. It was interesting, but it was also a very long day, sowe were all ready to let our hair down a bit afterwards! So a few friends and myself went out to a Club Republic, which is (in my opinion) the best place to go on a Monday night. The club has three rooms with different music so you can chose what you fancy dancing to, and last week they had fake snow falling from the ceiling (which was a little cheesy, but also quite fun when you have had a little alcohol! It was good fun as lots of the people from my presentation group were out celebrating too, so it was nice to socialise with them all.
Then to get rid of the last of our hangovers the following evening, my three closest friends and I went out for a Nandos. There are plenty of restaurants in Leicester, and most are within walking distance (for second and third years mostly – Oadby student village is a bit out of the way really). A good area is Queens Road, which has lots of small bars, cafes and restaurants towards the Victoria Park end, which I’d really recommend exploring. It was nice to have an evening with my friends before a month away from university – the trouble with making friends from all over the country at university is that when the holidays come, you are several hours away from them for four weeks.
The last of my celebrations was with the squash club, which I finally joined this year. The club held a “mince pie cup” which was basically a squash tournament for us to play in, with lots of mince pies to eat in between matches. We then went out for a curry at a restaurant called Spice Bazaar on Welford Road – the curry houses are generally great in Leicester (I’ve not found one I don’t like yet…) so the food was lovely. As Wednesday is generally the sports and societies night (the university has a half day to allow people to play sport in the afternoon), lots of the sports societies were out in fancy dress at the curry house which was quite amusing. The geography society also had their Christmas social last Wednesday at Vodka Revolution, although I couldn’t make it.
Basically I had a few really good evenings celebrating the end of a very stressful term. There are loads of fun things to do and nice places to eat in Leicester, so when you’re here you should definitely explore the city!