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Dear Diary: The Weekend #41

No rest for the wicked eh? Last weekend I had the utmost privilege of visiting Birmingham in association with Travelodge and Talented Talkers. Now I’ve been to Birmingham a couple of time for conventions but I’ve always stayed around the NEC area and haven’t ever ventured in to the city itself. I didn’t know what there was to see and do (except Cadbury’s World of course) so didn’t really know what to expect when I hopped on the train Friday after work.

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*Disclaimer: This post written in collaboration with Travelodge. My stay in Birmingham was complimentary in exchange for writing this post. The below opinions are still my own and not influenced by this in any way.

It was quite late before I made it in but thankfully the Birmingham Central Travelodge which would be home for the next two nights was just a quick fifteen minute walk from New Street station. Check in was a breeze and I was soon settled in to my room on the top floor which has some pretty great views.

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Saturday morning I sadly woke up with the start of a cold but I wasn’t going to let that deter me from my trip to Cadbury World. Travelodge very kindly included a breakfast box which I took with me and ate on the train. With cereal and milk, a nutrigrain, mini muffin and a bottle of orange juice full of vitamin c it was just the right way to start off the day.

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Once at Cadbury World I opted to pay an extra pound for their audio guide which turned out to be a very good decision as it told me so much about the company that I wouldn’t have found out otherwise. It’s not a factory tour for health and safety reasons but instead a mix of interactive exhibits , videos and demonstrations. It’s a really fun day out and I ended up staying there for a total of four hours!

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I returned to the hotel pretty tired thanks to the combination of my cold and my fun morning so I decided to chill out in the room for a while before grabbing some dinner. Now it’s a well-known bugbear of mine when posh hotels charge for wi-fi but I fully expect it from a budget chain like Travelodge. Impressively they give you 30 minutes free of charge and then you can pay for more if needed. I paid Β£3 for 24 hours but they also have longer options available. The wi-fi was fast and more than capable of streaming from YouTube so I was very happy snuggled up in bed watching old episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

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Now the Travelodge I was staying at was located on Broad Street the main nightspot in Birmingham so it was actually pretty hard to find somewhere to eat but I was able to grab dinner at a pub called The Brasshouse at the end of the road where I had the most incredible king prawn, smoked bacon and asparagus risotto before calling it a night. I did discover that Birmingham has its own Walk of Fame with these paving slabs along the street.

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After a great nights sleep (Travelodge beds are some of the comfiest I’ve ever slept in) it was time to check out and explore a little bit of Birmingham with the time I had left. Luckily the sun was shining which made my meandering all that more pleasant. One thing that I found really interesting about Birmingham is that is has more miles of canals in the city than Venice!

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It was incredibly picturesque. I also came across this lovely little church in the jewellery quarter before heading towards Victoria Square, where the town hall and museum are, via Birmingham Cathedral.

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What I really loved about the architecture in Birmingham was the juxtaposition of old and new buildings. It reminded me of London in a way.

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I was due to meet a friend who lives near to Birmingham for lunch so headed towards the Mailbox, a luxury shopping and office development where I had an incredible roast chicken dinner at Penny Blacks and several hours of catchup chit-chat to round off my trip.

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Despite being sick I had a really fun weekend and I can’t thank Talented Talkers and Travelodge enough for the opportunity!

How was your weekend? Any exciting plans for this one?

20 thoughts on “Dear Diary: The Weekend #41

  1. Cadbury’s tour? OMG yes. Turkish Delight bars are my jam… Also, I thought that Cadbury guy had the world’s best / most hilarious goatee, but then realised it was a microphone πŸ™

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