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A week ago today I moved to Birmingham. The ensuing week went something like this…
Unpacking, chatting, introductions, tea & films in my armchair,
Visitors, coffee shops, getting lost, silliness, tiki bar, burgers & cocktails,
More visitors, walks in the park, foraging, sunshine, sleeping,
More introductions & names, famous paintings, office learning,
Exploring… sleeping…

York's Bakery Birmingham
York's Bakery Birmingham

Here are a few instagram highlights from my week! Firstly, let’s get our prioriteas (see what I did there?) in order… a city is only as good as its best cafes. Luckily I live with people who know Birmingham back to front, and was directed to the wonderful York’s Bakery & Cafe. Today being one of my days off & my first day on my own in a while, it seemed like a good place to start. It also looks like an incredible place for brunch… next time I’m getting caramelised banana & maple syrup pancakes without a doubt…

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At the weekend Seb & I went for a mosey around Moseley – a really lovely area of Birmingham which I almost moved to! If I went house-hunting again I would seriously consider trying to live there, it’s got some great deli’s and cafes. We found a French bakery called Maison Mayci and had tea and cake (mine is Paris Brest & Seb’s is Chocolate & Pear Tart – I definitely thought my choice won!).
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Cracking up that there are commentators here #LoB2013 @LibraryofBham
Next on the list to explore was the new Birmingham library which opened 2 days ago – a rather insane piece of architecture, apparently influenced by the jewellery-making history of the city – and a fascinating space to explore. Circular bookcases, cafes, roof garden & many comfy chairs means that it meets my approval, certainly! They even had commentators, making random comments about the people coming it the door & the general library experience, which made me laugh – it was so odd!
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I survived my first week at work, though it was Wednesday which really reminded me that I’m working in a pretty unusual environment. Have you ever wondered how important works of art get shipped from gallery to gallery? I haven’t either! There are specialist removal services, and I watched for about 1.5 hours as a huge Manet painting returned from its visit to the National Gallery and got carefully manoeuvred in and unpacked in the front foyer, since it was too big to come in any other way!

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It has been a fun, at times nerve-wracking, but mainly exciting week. However, today I can’t help feeling a bit like my cousin Ben did after a go on the trampolines in the Bull Ring. Phew!

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