Norwich Journals

Year Abroad in the UK

A September 2002 trip to Norwich by Nosefish

Quote: My journey abroad to live in a small city in East England for a year while finishing up my degree. They speak my language -- or do they?

Year Abroad in the UK

Overview

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My favorite things to do in Norwich include visiting the open-air market where I can buy free-range eggs, fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables, clothes, second-hand books -- basically whatever strikes my fancy. I love wandering up and down the rows of colorfully striped tents. The market is closed on Sundays, but runs every other day from about 10 to 5 pm. Here's a webcam link to it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/webcams/norwich_market.shtmlQuick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: The best way to get around is probably the First Eastern bus system. It can be expensive, unless you buy a 10-ride pass or a weekly pass for £8.50 or a monthly pass for £30. If you ride frequently or just wa...Read More
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Over Thanksgiving Break, I had the good fortune to book a quad at the International Students House in London. The rooms were clean and well-appointed with basin, mirror, large wardrobe, 2 desks, bedside tables, and desk lamps. Linen (cheery raspberry-flowered duvets) and towels were included. Breakfast was also included in the price. We were given vouchers for up to £2 in the basement cafeteria. The continental breakfast was the best value for money at £2 exactly: choice of pastry/danish (the almond crossiants were yummy), toast with butter or jam, orange or apple juice, and coffee or tea. ISH also houses 2 bars, a fitness centre (a day's membership only costs £3), and several conf...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2002

International Students Hostel (ISH)
229 Great Portland Street
Norwich, England
020 7631 8300

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The open-air market is a permanently set-up area just south of the large brick Norwich City Hall, across which is a huge white banner with red letters that proclaim Norwich to be competing for the honor of 'European Capital of Culture 2006'. (Whether or not Norwich will achieve this honor remains to be seen!) Norwich's market CAN, however, claim the honor of being the longest continuously running market in the whole of England, and it remains popular with locals and visitors alike. You can see the tops of the colorfully striped tents from the many side streets that crisscross the city centre; it's a rather cheery sight, particularly on a drizzly day. It gets -very- crowded on Wednesda...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2002

Norwich Open-Air Market
City Centre
Norwich, England

Day trip to Cambridge

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Attraction | "Daytrip to Cambridge"

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I took a daytrip to Cambridge on a mild Saturday in October. There were surprisingly few people roaming about -- but I suppose this famous university city gets most of its traffic during the summer months. I definitely noticed more tourists than locals or students -- perhaps because they were easily recognized by cameras, rucksacks, and maps. The city itself is definitely worth checking out as the architecture is lovely to look at, but it's really the churches and colleges that MUST be seen. We forked over the £2 to climb St. Mary's Tower, which offered a relatively unobstructed panoramic view of the city. Beautiful! The top of the tower is fenced in, so there's no danger of small children or cl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 1, 2002

Day trip to Cambridge
King's Street, City Centre
Norwich, England

Kettle's Yard

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If you're up for cultural sights rather than the historical, head to Kettle's Yard - the way is clearly marked by wooden signs on streetcorners - for a house full of art (from the likes of Henry Moore and Joan Miro) that was donated by Jim (former curator of Tate Gallery) & Helen Ede. The couple wanted to create a laid-back salon atmosphere for artists and 'a refuge of peace and order, of the visual arts and of music'. Rightfully, I imagined this place to be quite lovely -- and I found it to be so: soothing and a refuge where you can simply sit and look at art. Kettle's Yard also includes a good-sized contemporary art space which, despite its voluminous space, houses one exhibit at a time....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2002

Kettle's Yard
Corner of Castle and Northampton Streets
Norwich, England

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The population of Norwich is approximately 170,000, but the city is also home to a large university (University of East Anglia), an arts school (Norwich School of Art & Design), and two smaller colleges (Teacher's and City). So there are lots of students that swell the population during the academic year (September to June). I attend the University of East Anglia, which has about 10,000 students, and around 2,000 of them are international. All first-years live on-campus, as well as the odd second/third/postgrads; but most of the older students live in Norwich, either in the Golden Triangle (largely a student neighborhood) or in the city centre proper. The uni hosts massive concrete...Read More