Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Weekend Getaway

Last weekend, my friend and I went to Sheffield to visit some old friends and her cousin. It was an impulsive thing where we just decided to go. We went there by megabus (the cheapest bus fare you can find to travel around UK and some Europe countries!)

We arrived at Meadowhall Interchange around 1pm. The day that we arrive was the day of the Malaysian Sheffield Games. Lucky for us! My friends who's house that we are staying for the weekend were involved with the games. They are selling BBQ chickens and shushi. =) 
So, we had to meet them at the King Edwards Community Sports Center (where the games were held). 

This is Sheffield Interchange..

From Meadowhall, there's actually an easier way to go to the sports center. But, we didn't know it then. So we took a train to Sheffield interchange, and then a bus from there to the center. Luckily, while boarding the train, the conductor didn't charge us for tickets. I just figured it was because it's only for one station. We needed to wait for more than an hour to wait for a bus at the Sheffield interchange because there's only one bus that'll go to the place that we're heading and the gap between each bus is like the Atlantic sea.  Thanks to Google Maps for all the trouble!

The games wasn;t all that interesting to talk about. I didn't even watch any of the matches and because we arrived there quite late. We stayed there until about 4.30pm. At the games, I met with my classmate from IIUM, Damia and we talked for some time, updating our lives abroad. The night ended with little event.

The next day, my friend and I asked Damia to bring us sightseeing around Sheffield. She gave us some suggestions, but we agreed on a place that doesn't require us waking up very early in the morning. hahaha...after all, I'm not a morning person.

We went to her house which located quite near with the house that we're staying in. Around 15 minutes walking distance.

This is her house...We stayed for lunch before beginning our journey..=D

I can't put words to describe this...(^_^)

At that same day there was actually another event which is the Nasyid Extravaganza or NEXT where they invited Faizal Tahir as a special guest..( Wasn't really much into it though..haha..

Damia wanted to take us to Meadowhall Shopping Complex. It was actually very near to the bus stop when we arrived at Sheffield. We just didn't know it back then. haish~

We took a tram to go there. Sheffield is like San Francisco to me because it's hilly and they have trams! excited. But the trams here is not like in Frisco. It looked more like a train. I've seen trams when I went to Manchester before, but didn't get a chance to ride them.

This store is called LUSH. Why I think it's special is because of what they are selling, handmade soap and cosmetics.

This is NOT a salad bar's a lotion or a cream of some sort. 

Soaps....they smell sooooo nice..

This is the reason Damia took us here. To get a taste of the famous South Yorkshire Pudding. When I first heard it, I thought it's a type of dessert. They serve it with either chicken or beef. Seeing that none of it is Halal, so we had to order veges only. It has broccoli, carrots, peas, corns and a choice of either chips, wedges or mash gravy...yum! It is so filling, we had to share this. The packets beside the plate is mint sauce which you can add with the pudding. I didn't like the taste...

This is the store that sold the pudding....HARPER's

 This is Damia...=D

After that, she took us to the Student Union building..upon request. huhu...just to see where the students usually hung out. The departments of University of Sheffield is scattered around Sheffield city. So this place is like the center or main building for the university.

The store on the right is where you can find the university's souvenirs. It's it's closed.

Malaysia must be here as well...Sheffield is like the 2nd most concentrated Malaysian population in the UK. 1st is Manchester.

 After that, she took us to this restaurant.... grab a hot chocolate... I was actually full at this time, that's why we only ordered drinks and desserts. Or else she would've had me ordered a main course!

This is American Cheese cake. It was nice. Not too creamy.

This was very nice. I don't remember the name, but it's a three layer ice cream (vanilla, choc, vanilla). It was marvelous!

On the last day only I was able to explore my friends' house...check it out.

They have a basement..looks like the one in fact, it looks even more spooky..

 This is the basement. It's cold like a fridge. You can feel the chill to the bone down here..

Their house consist of 7 rooms including the living room. The hallway is all this size. Most houses in the UK is like this. Some have just a slightly bigger hallway or rooms.

The girls cooked us lunch because they felt guilty of not being able to take us sightseeing due to their busy time girls..

This is the attic room. The are two rooms in the attic. It's nice..but very troublesome to get down and up everytime. 

Photoshoot before departing...a must! haha...

This is the name of the road of their house.

Before we left, we stopped by Zahirrah's cousin's house for a while. Her cousin lives at Main Road, Sheffield. They had just arrived last month. 

Then, we depart back to London around 5 pm.

Until next time...


HaSa said...

Rumah pikah and bahijah eh ni? Hari tu pergi ziarah sekejap je, sempat tunggu kat school diorang je.
It seems that most student in England live in a house. London pun eh?
Scotland jarang sgt rumah macam ni. Kitorang mostly duduk flat yang paling besar pun 3 bedroom aje. Jemput datang Scotland pulak and spot the different! (eheh macam tuan rumah pulak).
Walaupun single tak ramai tapi adelah beberapa org yg boleh tlg knl2kn kt Scotland tu (Glasgow/Dundee). he :)

Siti Aminah Muhammad Imran said...

a'ah...mostly dok umah sbb lagi murah. kt London pun sama. tp saya dok studio. So xrasa la ada housemates. en suite xjmp sangat orang, unless bila ada function.

Boleh2..mmg ada plan nk g sotland. xtau lagi bila. tggu cuti easter nnt la kot. nnt saya ctct mizah bila nk g sana. =)