March has been such nice month (2019 is treating me so well so far) and I have had a month filled with friends, which is what I love. Plus, as you are reading this, I am off for easter break for the next month so I am back home with all of my friends and family… I love it! Nothing I love more than being home and its making me so excited for the summer where I am back at home for 4 months, exactly what I need I think. Apart from all of the university deadlines and exam preparation that have seemed to hit me like a truck in March, I have loved it. 2019 is honestly setting up to be one of the best years so far I think.
We started March off with a visit from our family friends Ken and Tina, who I have now nicknamed my adopted grandparents. I came home for the weekend and we spent the weekend socialising with them, eating a lot, drinking a lot and laughing a lot! Its so nice to catch up with them and have a well needed weekend chilling out and having a bit of normality. Its so easy to get caught up in the university bubble so having time out of that to do something you enjoy is so important. It was very needed and I’m glad I got to see them, as I don’t see Tina and Ken as often as I would like.
Me and my university friends have been meaning to go on a cocktail evening for ages, and March was the month that we finally did it! If you know me you know how much I love the botanist (click here to read about one of the best events I’ve ever attended) so I really enjoyed taking my friends to experience it too. Plus, if you have been to The Botanist you will know that it is one of the most photogenic places so I ended up getting a lot of photos too! Overall a fab night and I think we should make a cocktail evening a monthly thing to try as many bars as we can.
Molly (from Beauty Spectrum- click here for her A chat with) has been someone I have admired in the social media world for a long time, and someone I thought I could always be friends with. We talk on social media a lot but nothing has ever come of it, until we decided to meet up for a drink before we both moved back home. I met up with her and one of her best friends Eleanor, and it was honestly one of my highlights of March. We sat and talked for nearly 3 hours, and it wasn’t awkward AT ALL. I honestly felt as if we had been friends for years, and I suppose thats because we already know enough about each other… the internet is a weird place. It went so smoothly and time flew so quickly that I even completely forgot to take any photos, which shows how much of a good night it was!
I won’t go on too much about my experience at junkyard golf club as I wrote a whole blog post about it last week (click here), but it has definitely been one of the highlights of being in Leeds so far. It is so much fun having such unique activities on my doorstep and I’m trying to experience as many as I can before I move back home in a couple of months. Such a fun afternoon and I would definitely recommend it if you are wanting an indoor but still fun activity in Leeds city centre!
Ruby is my online bestie, and even though we have only met 3 times, we have known each other online for nearly 3 years now…. What?! She is actually coming to my university next year, so she came up north for an offer holder day, so obviously we had to meet up and have a well overdue catch up. We are super close for people who have only met 3 times now, and I am so excited for when she moves up to Leeds next year. The thought of having weekly coffee catch-ups is something that I am so excited about.
March has definitely made me sit and think a lot about social media though, because a lot of my month has been spending time with ‘internet friends’. Social media undoubtedly has its huge downsides, but I have made so many genuine friends that I wouldn’t have ever known otherwise. I’m so lucky that I know so many people thanks to social media, and many of which I know will be my friends for a long time, regardless of whether my social media presence continues into the future or not.
I wasn’t really sure where to include this, but it was one of my food highlights of March so I definitely wanted to include it. We visited Mowgli at the University of Manchester, however I know that they have restaurants all over the country. If you are wanting somewhere super nice to eat thats a little different, I would 100% recommend it. The decor is INSANE (seriously just look at it, I had my food sat on a swing) and the food is even nicer. The menu is based on traditional Indian street food, and you order a few different snack-sized portions to sample. Honestly, I think everyone around me is bored of me raving about it now, and although it is more on the expensive side, it will definitely be featuring in my ‘student friendly Manchester’ post coming in the summer. I am already planning a trip back.
I spent an awful lot of March studying, so towards the end of the month I took a well needed study break and went for a day out to York with my nan. We had a wagamama’s, did some shopping and just enjoyed ourselves in the spring sunshine. I am trying to make more time for things like that, because I really enjoy spending time with my grandparents… and I should make more time to do it around studying! Its made me so excited for all the summer days that are to come soon when I have 4 months off.
So that was my March, a very busy month but equally one with a lot of relaxed time with my friends. I’m trying to make a lot more time for my friends this year, and although they are dotted all around the country I think it is working, that being said I am very excited for when all of my hometown friends are home from university for 4 months over summer. I am now on my easter holidays for the majority of April, so next month will feature a lot of hometime, seeing family and friends, plus *fingers crossed* something super exciting. Stay tuned!
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