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A January Dump

A January Dump

With January coming to an end, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you how my January has been. Without further ado, let’s jump into the time machine! 

Straight off the bat, January began with a promising week. My family and I visited Gloucester, mainly to watch my cousin’s rugby game. The whole match was filled with anticipation and nervousness, considering that they were playing at the home of the opponent. Nevertheless, it ended with us winning, so it was all good.

My family went to grab a couple of drinks right after, hanging about in the common area and talking to other people. I remember being incredibly hungry, and I couldn’t hold a conversation straight. I was getting irritable, and I tried to remain as calm as possible. It wasn’t long until my aunt had asked where we wanted to eat, and immediately I said, “I want Chinese food.” Then I realised I was craving lemon chicken. We walked around the high street, trying to look for a Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find one as they only had takeaways. We decided to go for that instead, and just eat it in the hotel room.

Talking about the hotel we stayed at, we stayed over at The New Inn. Not only was it convenient as it was located at the heart of Gloucester – and literally in the high street – but it was so pretty as well. It featured a medieval courtyard, a real ale pub and they offered carvery for lunch! The exterior and interior were pretty as well. My dad was convinced that it was an actual Tudor house and not a mock Tudor. 

The next day, my parents had promised to visit Gloucester Cathedral, and as a Harry Potter fan, I was so excited to be there. The whole thing was a magical experience. Not only was I able to see one of the scenes in Harry Potter in real life, but I also got the opportunity to learn the history behind the cathedral. We stayed in the cathedral for almost an hour and a half. Right after that, we hopped into the car and drove off to Birmingham. 

The next few weeks were stressful. I had so much work to do, and although I did some work before the break and a little bit during the holidays, it wasn’t enough because I stayed up until 2 am trying to finish my work. To be fair, the next two to three weeks were all a blur to me. I don’t remember much other than writing up essays and practising for a presentation. Once the assignment week was done though, I felt so much better… And let me tell you why…

I just had the most amazing purchase of my life. 

One, a turntable… (and some records as I left mine at home.

And a pair of Go-go boots! 

That’s how my January has been so far. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below! 

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