OK, so it’s been 2 years since I set off for the exotic and mesmerising sights of SE Asia for leg one of this journey, chasing a dream I didn’t know …. I’m now in the dizzying heights of Coventry with a northern hunk, how life
dealt me a weird yet spectacular hand.
Just so I don’t infringe on any data protection acts, it was basically YAK’s birthday in the past fortnight, yes I’m still on my bid to hide the people I love from the internet, like a cyber-version
of Spiderman but less whiny!
So with the magic of words and ill placed photos I shall take you on the Journey of Brown Bear and YAK’s Colossal Coventry City Celebration……
I arrive at the train station, YAK arrives to pick
me up, we are instantly lost since my GPS wasn’t working and YAK drives in a random direction, this is the norm for us :), funnily enough, the hotel Ibis (//www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2793-ibis-coventry-centre/index.shtml)
was 4 minutes from the train station, oops!!!
I would recommend this hotel it’s a short walk from the main town, cheap and surprisingly nice, if you a 5* snob you’ll be bored, to everyone else this place is great. The staff were cool and
the room was surprisingly big and the drunks amongst us, it has a 24/7 bar, enjoy, mine is a ginger beer please, cheers. So the reason for the visit is for YAK’s Birth fortnight and the joy on his face when he unwrapped his presents and licked my lemon
sponge (not a euphemism). I know this has nothing to do with travel, I just like to point out I made a cake from scratch and it didn’t kill anyone. It was neither poisonous nor morphed into a radiation monster, so we have a first!
Before I say
what we did, here’s what I was told by Smother about the city, since she was a frequent visitor:
And that was it, and to be honest, I may have to defy my Smother and have to disagree…..
Why do I hear lighting and thunder? Anyhoo, at best it is OK! From the first 30 minutes amongst the town people I can say that it seems like a mixed bag of people, if the people were to be represented by a product, I would say like a bag of broken biscuits.
Such a broken community but it works oh so well and you don’t mind the haphazard quality.
Now, this city is famous for several things such as Lady Godiva, A Cathedral, St George the dragon slayer, British car industry and Chuck Berry “My
Ding A Ling” Song. So in short Coventry is known for inappropriate sexual tones, religion and ye olde legends.
Coventry is a hidden “gem” of cultural and industry…. Let’s go for cubic zirconia class. While walking around
the place, we noticed something strange and appealing about the place, everything is hidden. You walk down one street with the world’s biggest imperial NatWest bank is located and then looks like nothing else is there. You go down one side street and
before you know it you are transported to a vast 1980s built, open air, shopping centre. This city is weird.
I still can’t find any words to describe this place, so my career as a writer should end now. I’ve been to a desolate Bundaberg,
awe-inspiring Queenstown, Vivacious Vancouver and Coventry. There’s not even an adjective to go with it. I put “colossal” earlier to be ironic but the only other fitting word would be “compact” “confusing” or “criminally
I will say this with every city or town that has a mixed bag of people you will get some positive variation which we were treated to at several points, a market stall with Japanese so good it should replace Wagamamas, a handful of
cultural places and a Starbucks on the corner of the market square just primed ready for people watching. Believe me when you people watch here, you really get into it!
I’m going to recommend this city for cultural vultures who want a pit
stop before Bristol or Birmingham, so technically you’ll be museum magpies.
Little story here, after myself and YAK walked around the town, we decided to head over to the Cathedral, he had his iPhone at the ready and we (and I mean royal “we”
aka YAK) got distracted by a Primark and then a Wetherspoons 5 minutes into the walk. I’ll say that again, A Primark took us off course then followed by Wetherspoons! Let that sink in people……
We came for fun, culture and edumacation
and ended up in two places you could get anywhere in the UK. Normally I would get irritated about this and want to finish what we started but my love for this man outranks my insistent need to educate myself and want to look erudite. This man could take me
off course anywhere and I wouldn’t mind, Love you YAK xx