After the last five months, it almost seems impossible to look forward to a new year, which is surrounded by such uncertainty. However, looking back on memories of the year has made the thought of returning to Newcastle a little more exciting.
My first time visiting the Quayside is such a lovely memory! I visited it in both the summer and once the semester began when the weather was lovely, and spent the evening in The Quayside Wetherspoons, overlooking a gorgeous view of the river. Of course, we had a mini photoshoot on one of the many bridges with a gorgeous sunset behind us. I look forward to exploring the Quayside some more and visiting other pubs and bars that are along there.
As soppy as it seems, one of my favourite Newcastle memories is meeting my boyfriend on my first night of Freshers Week. The story of how we met is one that I really enjoy telling, and it’s all thanks to an inflatable flamingo! Any nights out that include the blow-up inflatables are ones that I will never forget; there always seems to be a story worth telling that goes alongside them.
As someone who enjoys going out for a bite to eat more often than she cares to admit, I have to say that I’m rather looking forward to the wide array of food choices on offer when I return. Some of my favourite memories of the last year in Newcastle have been the places I have eaten! Of course, I can’t mention my foody memories without mentioning the wonder that is Zapatistas! The Burrito Bar has served me very well, from loaded nachos to a large burrito, I’ve always enjoyed my food. I look forward to many more burritos in the coming months!
Another food memory of mine is my last meal in Newcastle before the lockdown period. My boyfriend and I went to Wagamama, and while the restaurant was pretty empty, the food was just as good. I look forward to another meal there for my 20th birthday in September!
Of course, all of my amazing memories of Newcastle wouldn’t have been half as good if I hadn’t been surrounded by some of the most amazing people I met last year. Whether it was going for a full-blown night out, for casual drinks and food, or studying in the library, the friends I have met this year have honestly helped me make the best set of memories. No matter what the next semester holds, I know that I’ll definitely be able to make more memories surrounded by these people.
Looking back on the highlights of the past year makes me very excited to head back to Newcastle and revisit some of my favourite places, with my favourite people – as well as making some new ones!
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Last modified: 1st October 2020