Oh, to be a student. Long deadlines, two lectures a week and freedom to plan your own time. I didn’t realise how good I’d got it when I was studying in Sheffield. Now that I’ve entered the world of work, with a 40-hour contract and a 45 minute commute, I dream of those lazy days. To try and relive the glory, I went back to my university city for the weekend with the girls that I lived with for all three of my years in the city. It was fleeting, but we had a lot of fun.
Rather aptly, we spent most of the time in my friend’s bedroom watching TV. Does it get more university-style than that?
When we were convinced to leave the comfort of her house, we headed to some of our favourite haunts.
As Christmas is omnipresent at the moment, we had to go into the city centre to take a look at the Christmas market. Everything felt so affordable compared to London. There were lots of food options as well as cute homemade gifts. I can’t get enough of the hot dogs that they always have at Christmas markets. Not only do they smell incredible, but they taste great as well. I also spotted huge chocolate-dipped marshmallows with amazing flavours for only £1 each.
We decided to go for the chocolate crepes. I was only convinced right at the last second after I’d seen my friends getting one each. It was really good, but not worth the £5 price tag, in my opinion.
After we’d walked the market snacks off, we went out for an evening in the city.
Bungalows & Bears was always my burger place of choice when at uni. Now that I’ve experienced the joy of London’s best burgers, these didn’t quite hit the mark any more. The burgers were deliciously chargrilled, but this made them very well-done and quite dry. I definitely enjoyed the meal overall.
As it was a Saturday night, it couldn’t quite end there so we headed out for some more cocktails. I called an early night when we ended up in a dodgy club which had never been my favourite. The problem with Sheffield’s night life is that it’s so cheap and student-focused during the week, but it gets a lot more expensive at the weekend. Still cheaper than London, though!
The next day, we went for the ultimate pie at The Nottingham House. I wish I’d made the most of this place more when I lived in the city. Their pies are truely legendary. The pub itself is not exactly clean, but the food is worth it. The steak pies have huge chunks of melt-in-the-mouth meat, and the chips and mash are great as well.
We had a great weekend, but the best part of the trip was the people. I’m so lucky to have a small group of friends who remain so close, despite the time and distance between us. Even though I hadn’t seen Kirsty in seven months, it felt like it could have been seven minutes. It’s so reassuring to know that we will always be able to fit into the same routine, no matter what.
I vlogged the weekend, so you can watch here:
Thanks for reading and watching!