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Anfield, Liverpool ONE and following the White Rabbit in Llandudno

Welcome back,

Sorry, it took me a bit longer this time to write a blog entry, but last week was reading week, that means no classes (almost no classes, Welsh and Japanese took place) but a lot of time for reading travelling. I was not on the road the whole week and I somehow do not remember what I did when I was not travelling but I am sure it was something meaningful, the usual stuff you do when you don’t do anything in particular.

During reading week I went to Liverpool again, a very rainy Liverpool as you will read, experienced the Welsh national holiday, and went to a place not that far away from Bangor at the sea – Manchester by the Sea. Just kidding, it was Llandudno. After reading week I went to the cinema with a friend- read this blog entry to the very end to find out what is the best movie of 2016.

Some of you might have read my first entry about my first trip to Liverpool, where I wrote that I really want to come back to Liverpool soon – and that is exactly what I did. After a two-hour journey and change of trains in Chester I arrived at a rainy Liverpool and immediately took a bus to Anfield – the stadium of Liverpool FC. One thing you might want to know if you ever go to Liverpool or the UK in general: The buses won’t stop at your stop if you don’t raise your hand and the buses won’t stop at a certain stop if you don’t push the stop button – very different from Vienna but very efficient. You need to know it, though.

It took me approximately twenty minutes to get to Anfield, which is not exactly in the city center, and I just came in time to join a stadium tour. The tour guides did a great job, it was both informative and extremely funny to listen to them, although it is sometimes a bit tricky to get everything spoken in Scouse (Liverpool dialect). I want to share one of their many jokes with you: When we went to the player’s dining lounge we got to see an area designated to the children of the players. The guide said that there used to be many toys in there……….. but when Balotelli left the club he took most of them with him! 😉

During the stadium tour I met a friend from Porto Alegre in Brazil, who is also a big football fan, and he said that we will meet again in 2018 in Russia. I’m sure about him seeing Brazil, but I’m not so sure if I will see Austria there…

After the stadium tour I went to the club’s museum, which – as I was told – is the only museum displaying a real Champions League trophy.

I particularly enjoyed the new Steven Gerrard collection, it is really amazing what he gave to the museum to display.

After visiting the museum I went to the club’s shop and bought the best fitting hoodie I have ever bought in my entire life. It is black with a big grey Liverbird print on the front and you will certainly see me walking around Vienna in that one.

Afterwards I took a tour bus which went to Albert Dock, on the way I passed Goodison Park – home of Everton FC – which is actually VERY close to Anfield. Maybe I will go there too one day.

From Albert Dock I went straight to Liverpool ONE, Liverpool’s biggest shopping center, and spent the rest of the day there. It is incredible how many shops there are! I also have a very good excuse for shopping almost the entire day: the rain became heavier and in the end my umbrella did not leave Liverpool the way he came there with me. I went to Disney store, the football club stores, Primark, Forbidden Planet, a Sushi takeaway shop and many more I don’t seem to remember…I think I can only remember those ones I bought something at…So I bought many things, including a very cute Nemo plush, which is looking after me now.

It was very difficult in the heavy rain to make photos, so I have only a limited number of photos unfortunately. Before I went home I went around Albert Dock and then the rain got really heavy, I have never experienced such a heavy rain before in my life. My shoes got soaked and that was a rather unpleasant feeling but I took some great photos at least . 😉 I left Liverpool with a large number of shopping bags, a wet coat and many new impressions of a great city – I will be back.

WARNING – LINGUSITS ONLY – DANGER OF CONFUSION

Have a close look at what my Nemo plush has printed on:

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Just by printing this on a plush Nemo, Disney (2017) has successfully extended Widdowson’s (1978) distinction of genuineness and authenticity by adding the aspect of originality. So remember: Best material is genuine, authentic and original (whatever original means….). As you can see, I am in academic mode at the moment, I have two deadlines next week.

WARNING OVER – EVERYONE CAN CONTINUE READING

The first of March is St. David’s day, the Welsh national holiday. I saw a lot of Welsh flags in Bangor and went to a traditional dance in the evening which I took part in (I got very dizzy from the twirling) and I ate one of the most delicious food I have ever tasted – Welsh cake. It’s like a pancake but smaller and sweeter, simply great.

At the end of reading week I went to a place called Llandudno, which is pronounced as “Chlandidno” (for German speakers). This time not by train but by bus, so I got to see a little bit of the Welsh countryside, which his very green and very sheep-filled. After arriving in Llandudno, I was very surprised because I expected a very small town but it was actually much bigger than expected and surrounded by the sea. We first went to the promenade and discovered one of the most awesome things one can find in Llandudno: There are more than 50 statues of characters from the two Alice in Wonderland books and there are signs on the road which guide you through the town to the next statue. Alice, Alice everywhere!

The last statue of all is the White Rabbit, which can be found very close to the promenande, which you can see below.

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Llandudno promenade

On our way to the pier we came across a tent where a family – I assume – presented some birds, mainly owls but also a falcon. It was great to touch Hedwig’s cousin, it was very soft! Have a look at the photos, especially the one of the tiny little owl, he or she was so cute!

The pier was filled with small shops selling food, Wales merch and other stuff.

At the very end there was – what a surprise for British piers – an amusement arcade. My friends wanted to grab a Winnie the Pooh in a dragon costume out of one of the machines, but they were not lucky unfortunately…and of course, Alice was there as well, but a very…mature…Alice.

The pier from the pier on the town was simply great, but we made our way to the town accompanied by our well-known friends (?) and their laughing sounds from Bangor – the seagulls.

It was raining a little bit throughout the day, but as a result Llandudno said farewell to us with a rainbow.

I promised you to let you about the best film of 2016: I watched it with a friend in Bangor’s Art and Innovation Center – called Pontio – and it’s name is “Don’t Take Me Home”. It tells the story of the Welsh Football National Team and their journey from losing a coach to becoming one of the best teams in Europe. It was simply amazing, it shows the emotion of everyone connected to football – the players, the team, the supporters. If you are only a little bit interested in football or (national) identity, you should watch it, it is worth every single penny!

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With this tip I want to finish this blog entry, I hope you liked it! 🙂 With a few deadlines coming up I’m not sure whether I can provide you with exciting travel photographs in the next week(s), I will probably share with you some ordinary stuff, but which is also interesting and very funny, I promise! 🙂

Best wishes,

Alexandra

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Sightseeing in Liverpool

Welcome back!

At the very end of my first week here in Wales I went on a day trip to Liverpool, which was organized by the International Exchange Office Bangor. In this blog entry I will let you know what I did there, I hope you enjoy reading it and looking at the photos as much as I enjoyed my day in Liverpool! 🙂

Getting from Bangor to Albert Dock in Liverpool by bus took us only about one and a half hour. Albert Dock is located right at the river Mersey and it is one of the main tourist sites of Liverpool, there are many gift shops, restaurants, cafés and quite a number of museums, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the The Beatles Story exhibition.

Our first destination was the Merseyside Maritime Museum right around the corner of the place where we got off the bus. This museum offers quite a number of exhibitions; at the moment the Titanic & Liverpool exhibition is probably the most visited one. What I liked in particular about this exhibition was an information board about the myths in relation to the Titanic and its sinking (click on the photo below and should be able to read it as well!). The famous movie was – of course – also featured in the exhibition.

After visiting the exhibition we went to the shop (because where else would we go to? 😀 ) where they sold everything you can imagine one can sell: Little Titanic replicas, a replica of Rose’s Heart of the Ocean (the necklace, even I know that! If you didn’t know you should watch the movie again! Ok I didn’t know the name of the necklace either and had to google it..I am such a noob, I need to watch more movies) but also a replica of a Titanic passenger card and even a SuperLamBanana plush! Wait! A what?? A SuperLamBanana! The SuperLamBanana is a mix of a lamb and a banana. It was designed by a Japanese artist and first presented as a sculpture in 1998 and became a kind of symbol for Liverpool. If you are interested in this, have a look at the SuperLamBanana website.I liked it quite a lot, both the idea and the design, and I would have certainly bought a plush if it hadn’t been as expensive as hell…

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SuperLamBanana plush

Afterwards we went to The Beatles Story exhibition, but did not go in because it was rather expensive and we wanted to see as many different things as possible on that single day – so I definitely have something to do on my next visit to Liverpool. We went to the shop instead, where they sell everything you can imagine – have a close look at the photos below to get an impression of that. What I found most interesting was a Lego Yellow Submarine with Lego The Beatles, something I definitely didn’t expect to find there. Another interesting finding was a picture of The Beatles at a shop, which was entirely made out of beans. I wonder how long it took the people who made it to finalize it…

Our next stop after passing a number of shop at Albert Dock was the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. This is the place where The Beatles played over 200 concerts and became famous. On the opposite of the club there is the Cavern Pub, next to it one can find a sculpture of a young John Lennon, which is very popular to take a photo with. Right next to it one can see a huge number of names on The Cavern Wall of Fame – musicians who have played at the Cavern Club, from The Beatles and Queen to Adele.

Leaving a crowded Mathew Street behind us, we went through the city towards Liverpool Cathedral and came across many interesting shops and buildings, including a Liverpool FC shop – it was a must for me to visit that shop, although I am not really a Liverpool fan – and a building called “Grand Central”, which did not only look fascinating from outside but was also pretty cool inside with a videogame and comic store and other shops selling clothes or movie-related stuff.

On our way to the cathedral we came across Liverpool’s Chinatown, Europe’s oldest Chinatown. It has a very impressive arch, as you can see on the photo below. They are currently also building a new part or “city within a city” called New Chinatown, which was quite prominently advertised. The blue dragon you can see on the photo is used as a symbol for New Chinatown. One its official website it is described as “one of the most important and exciting development projects in the UK today”. I am really excited to the project finished one day.

Our last stop on this day was Liverpool Cathedral. It was very impressive from the outside, but even more inside. There was – of course – a shop here as well, selling many different products related to the cathedral and religion in general. What I found quite funny in there was what you can see on the photos below, a  Hero Bible and a Tabloid Bible. I think you can buy any kind of bible there. I said that if they sold 1D Bibles I would buy it, unfortunately (or rather fortunately for my credit card) they didn’t. But that might be solely due to the fact that the 1D hype is already over, who knows?

I was a bit sad about leaving Liverpool, I really enjoyed the time we spent there and the city had so much more to offer. I am planning to return soon, have a look at my last impressions of Liverpool at night below. I hope you indeed enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed the trip to Liverpool, next time I’ll let you know more about the academic side of my semester abroad – e.g. about the University system and the courses I take – the importance of Bilingualism here and my trip to the magnificent castle of Caernarfon. 🙂

Best wishes,

Alex