On Wednesday, it was my 20th birthday and the first time that I have ever spent a birthday away from home (as last year my birthday was during the Easter holidays so I was at home). However, I definitely enjoyed entering my third decade Leicester style!
The day started with breakfast in bed (my favourite Sainsbury’s cinnamon swirl and Innocent apple and raspberry juice) and my boyfriend gave me his present to me which is a trip to Madrid over summer! I was so excited, I was jumping up and down at 7am and all through my 2 hour long 9am French class, I was mostly thinking about going to Madrid, what I’ll pack in my suitcase for Madrid and other Madrid related thoughts!
After my 9am class, I had to do a bit of group work but then at 12, I went for lunch on campus at one of the restaurants we have called 1923. It’s really cheap and yummy there so I had some more good food (veggie burger and chips). Then, I had a Year Abroad meeting which was pretty useful as it explained how I can apply for an Erasmus grant which as it is worth around 170 Euros of free money every month, is definitely worth doing.
After the meeting came my Chinese class which is part of the Languages at Leicester programme we have here at Leicester. This year I’ve picked up Chinese from beginner’s level and really enjoyed learning it alongside my degree. However, unfortunately, Wednesday was the day of our end of year exam and the exam was incredibly hard. But I had going out for dinner with my flatmates and boyfriend to cheer me up in the evening as we went to Pizza Express and I ate even more food!
I didn’t go out to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday as I had an assessed presentation the next day but on Friday, I went out to a nice bar in town called Hakamou for drinks and then I went to the Union night-out which on a Friday is called Shabang.
I had a really good time as 5 of my friends from home had come from all over the country to visit me (Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham and Sheffield) and lots of my Uni friends were out too so I had a lot of fun and luckily I had the Saturday to recover. I am currently making the most of the Bank Holiday weekend by spending some much needed time in the library catching up on work!