Wow, ten years in Newcastle upon Tyne. Who would have thought I’d still be here ten years after rocking up at the University in tears because I was leaving my friends and rubbish ex-boyfriend behind? I must admit, it hasn’t all been plain sailing and I’ve considered leaving more than once, but somehow Newcastle just keeps me in its grasp.
Here, I learned how to live by myself; I managed shitty landlords and awful housemates; I gained some of the best friends and equally I lost a few; I got my first job; I travelled the world; I had my heart broken more than once and I met the love of my life. All the while, Newcastle has provided a constant and reassuring backdrop. Sure there have been changes (this is by no means a city that stands still) but the landmarks I have come to know and love as my adopted home have stayed the same.
So I wanted to take this opportunity, on my anniversary of a decade spent living in the North East, to tell you ten things I have learned while living here (and why it is so much more than Byker Grove and Greggs).
- You’ve heard this before but I don’t care. GEORDIES ARE SUPER FRIENDLY!
- Drinks are cheap here. Cheaper than you ever can imagine. So cheap.
- It doesn’t seem to rain that much. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Manchester.
- Football is a religion. I am an atheist.
- There is a reason Newcastle is known as a party city (remember the cheap booze?)…
- …but there are also some awesome things to do if you’re not boozing.
- It’s a short drive / hop on the Metro to the beautiful coast – beach in summer, bring it!
- There are loads of cool music venues – City Hall, Academy, Arena, Stadium of Light & more
- South of the river is just as nice as North of the river – that’s why I live there now
- Whenever I come over one of the many bridges back to the toon I feel like I’m coming home.
Do you live in the North East? Have you been here? Share your Newcastle love below!