When I arrived in September I was really not sure what to expect. I had never been here before, and had only seen the city on Google Images. I was able to get some insight from Valeria as she had traveled here a before to visit her university, but that was one day and she had spent most of her time at the UofB campus.
I had spent some time in London before this, and I must say there is little comparison between the two. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just that they are different. London is much larger in terms of population, and the liveliness of the city reflects this. It seems that no matter what time of day it is in London there are always people everywhere. It can be overwhelming at times, but it also gives you the feeling that you are never really alone which can be nice. Birmingham, while holding the title of the country’s second city, has a much slower feel to it. Rush hour is still fairly hectic, but during off-peak hours, the city has a relatively calm, laid back atmosphere. Considering where I grew up, this slower pace is much more in line with my comfort level.
I think it’s this slower, more manageable pace that makes me like the city so much. To me, Birmingham offers all of the perks of a city in a more accessible way than larger cities. This is, of course, my personal opinion. As Valeria grew up in Caracas and spent a few years in London, she sometimes finds the relaxed nature of Birmingham to be boring. I understand this, and when compared to London, it is definitely true. Nevertheless, I find the city to be a much better fit for my personal preferences and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here thus far!
If you have any questions about the city feel free to ask in the comments!
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