2/12/2015 / 2 Comments
England Shakes - My Trip To Liverpool
I just got back from a quick trip to visit some friends in England. It's really funny because I generally hate the cold and every time I am in the UK in the winter I'm like 'THIS IS THE LAST TIME'. But I somehow end up going back the next winter.
As Sleater-Kinney so perfectly put it, 'There are no cities to love. It's not the weather, it's the people we love'. So, to all of my friends and loved ones, I implore you, PLEASE stop moving to cold countries.
Anyway, despite my aversion to the cold, I actually had a really great time. As a Dubai Girl, I am not great with winter clothes ('you may have my short-shorts when you pry them out of my cold dead hands', which almost actually happened), but I think I managed to win the whole layering thing this trip and was able to stay kind of warm (barely alive) outdoors and just warm enough (not drenched in sweat) indoors. HUZZAH.
My first stop was Liverpool. And after a total of almost twenty hours, boy was I happy to see it. I left my house at 4am, landed in Doha at 7, made it to London by 4pm and had a five hour wait before my two hour train to Liverpool. Never again. I am far too old to be doing that, and not to exaggerate, but it almost broke me.
Enough complaining, wanna see what I got up to in Liverpool?
The main reason I went was to visit my best friend Zaina, who was celebrating both her birthday and graduating from her Master's Program with a distinction. She's now on her way to a PhD, along with raising an adorable two year old, so no, she's not totally and utterly impressive at all.
We started off Zaina's birthday celebrations with dinner at The Smugglers Cove, a wonderful restaurant at the beautiful Albert Dock. The service was great and the food and drinks were SOO good. I definitely recommend stopping by for a meal if you are in Liverpool. Then we headed to The Cavern, an underground club that has been around since the 1950s and is famous for being the first place that The Beatles ever played. No pictures of that, because I suck :(
|With the Birthday Girl at The Smugglers Cove|
|The famous Yellow Submarine Hotel, Titanic Boat, and Joker Boat docked at the Albert Docks.|
|In the beginning.|
|Zaina bravely enjoyed the snow, while I stayed indoors, where it was warm and safe.|
We had lunch at an adorable French place called La Crêpe Rit, where we also took shelter from this:
|You can see the waves of rain and hail over the water in the background.|
|Snug as a bug in my super warm, tassled, floral, grandma scarf-blanket. #toocoldtocare|
Then we popped over to the Maritime Museum.
|It was VERY cold and windy.|
|But very pretty.|
|Zaina made a dashing new friend at the Maritime Museum.|
We fought the rain, wind, and hail and somehow made it across to the Liverpool Museum. We were both breathless, wrapped up in scarves/whatever we had with us, and clearly so traumatized that one of the guys actually walked up to us to make sure we were OK. Ah, funtimes.
|The Liverpool Museum.|
Well that long-ass post pretty much covers my trip to Liverpool!
PS what do you guys think of the little blog redo?