The musings of a final year medical student

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Stratford Upon Avon

Had a fantastic time with my family this past weekend.

The weekend felt extra relaxing because I submitted by research paper for grading. I'm so glad it's out the way now. Hopefully I will pass and so from now on all I need to focus on is passing the Summer exams! The urogenital block starts next week and then we have 3 weeks off for Easter.

I got a train from Liverpool to Stratford Upon Avon on Saturday morning and met up with my family to celebrate my sister's 18th birthday and of course, Mother's Day, on 15th March.

We chilled out at the hotel, which gave complementary cakes for Lucy, and then went to an early dinner at Loxley's Restaurant and Wine Bar. It was a gorgeous meal, accompanied with French martinis: 2 shots of vodka, raspberry liqueur and pineapple. 

We then went to the 7.15pm performance of Much Ado About Nothing, a comedic Shakespearian play at the RSC. It was their final performance and it did not disappoint! The actors were fantastic and the director chose to set the scene in 20s England rather than the traditional Italian/Spanish setting. Much Ado About Nothing is possibly my favourite Shakespeare play.

On Sunday, I made the most of the roll-top bath in our hotel room, gave mum and Lucy their presents and then had a lovely breakfast. I had pastries and eggs royal (poached eggs. english muffin, béarnaise sauce, salmon). I then headed to the station to get back to uni. It was a blissful, if not fleeting weekend with my wonderful family. Feeling very spoilt.

However, there could not be more contrast between this weekend and my last two days! I went on a compulsory army leadership exercise in Altcar which the medical school sent us on. It was tough to say the least! Particularly if you're like me and you have neither upper body strength nor balance! It also didn't help that I am absolutely terrified of heights; jumping 10ft onto a crash mat in the soggy English weather was not pleasant. The army staff were very keen to make us want to join, but I hate to say it, this experience has made me want to do the exact opposite. 

Now back to normality, I've got a day off tomorrow. Got lots of jobs to get done before Lucy comes up to Liverpool on Friday where she's going to get a proper taste of a Liverpool night out! As well as making the most out of the fantastic shopping.

Outside the RSC

French martini

Brilliant piece in the loos at Loxley's Restaurant and Wine Bar

That bath.... heaven.

In contrast with out 28 bed bunkhouse in Altcar....


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