As mentioned in my previous post, I got the great opportunity to get out of London and visit the smaller, more scenic town of fair Nottingham- (it’s unofficial nickname, of course. At least it should be). Yes, yes, that is the home of Robin Hood. It is also the home of the alleged oldest pub in England, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, pub and inn, propped against the rocks below Nottingham Castle. (This is starting to sound like a old English tale, isn’t it?). The inn was established in 1189 AD.
I tried a couple beers from Nottingham brewery’s in the quarters of the pub. One was a an extra pale ale from Nottingham Brewery recommended by a local, who I had a nice chat with. It felt quite old with exposed dirt wall, old stone, low ceilings, and narrow staircases.
Of course, all these touristy bits I fit in after my commitments concluded. The whole reason I was able to go to Nottingham was to be a delegate for Birkbeck, along with four other students, at the annual NUS LGBT Conference. I spent most of my weekend in Nottingham voting on policy and listening to debates. It was interesting and, as usual, inspiring. I’ve been missing the activist spirit.
Birkbeck paid for our accommodation in the halls of residence at University of Nottingham, Jubilee campus, where the conference was held, our train tickets, and our conference entrance, which included full meals. It was very nice. Because of my involvement in the conference, I’m now more involved in decisions regarding the two LGBTQ groups at Birkbeck- Birkbeck Pride and the LGBT+ campaign- and I’m very pleased to be.
While I had a break in Conference Sunday morning, I hoofed it to Wollaton Hall, a thirty minute walk from campus. It’s a pretty old house-place situated atop a hill in a vast park of wide open green spaces.
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Hope you’ve enjoyed your little visit into Nottingham!