Since our flight to go to Birmingham was pretty long because of the two stops we made, we spent our first day in the plane. We only arrived in United Kingdom the second day which was May 8th. Also, during that day, we ate in the plane so the food didn't cost us anything.
During our flight, we stopped in 2 different places before getting to Birmingham, so here are pictures of those places which are Newark and Dublin. Also, since we arrived in the middle of the afternoon, we didn't plan a lot of activities. In fact, we only did a guided bus tour to visit the city and get more information about the place we were staying at.
For dinner that day, we ate at Asha's. It is a contemporary Indian style restaurant that won many awards. Also, before our trip, after looking at the menu on Internet, we planned approximately $35 CAD each to eat there.
For lunch, we decided to go for something simple so we went to The Warehouse Cafe. We had planned $15 CAD each to eat there.
In the middle of the afternoon, we got to the Hatchford Brook Golf Club to experience golfing in another country. Who knew, they could have played a whole lot different kind of golf in Birmingham! We also decided to eat dinner on the site and we spent approximately $15 CAD each to eat there. To end our day in the best way possible, we went back golfing under the magnificent sunset, but this time, with British friends we had met during dinner.
Also, we learned a lot of things about the British culture while eating dinner with our new British friends. In fact, they said that one of the traditional meals people love to eat in Birmingham is the dripping sandwiches. Those are made with pieces of white bread dipped in meat fat, cooked in a pan and then sprinkled with salt and pepper. Most people there literally love it. Also they told us about their dialects. We learned that "brummie" is the accent of Birmingham, England. It comes from a word that is an historical variant of "Birmingham". Finally, they told us about one of the weird habits of British people. Apparently, British people tend to say sorry a lot more than any other people. According to a survey, British people would say sorry between 8 to 20 times per day. That's a lot! We came back from our trip knowing a lot more about the British culture, thanks to the British golfers!
A trip to discover the outdoors of a country wouldn't be perfect without visiting that place's zoo and that's why we decided to spend all of our third day in the Birmingham Zoo. We had the chance to try many different attractions that were on the site of the zoo as well as interacting and discovering all the different animals on the site. There was also a special activity on that day which what the Zoolight Safari. We got the chance to visit the African animals under many beautiful colorful lights that made that experience definitely unique. For lunch, we ate on that site since we spent the day at the zoo. We had planned $10 CAD each to eat there.
For dinner, we stopped at the Purnell's. It is a fancy restaurant where we took a 3 courses menu for the price of £35 each. In total, including the tip, it cost us $115,82 CAD. It was expensive but definitely worth it.
We decided to dedicate our fourth day to the part of ourselves that loves adrenalin. In the morning we went karting to get ready for our afternoon that went by a lot faster with the Junior Ferrari Driving Experience. We thought it would be a great idea to do those activities to experience something new but also to make us aware of the dangers and risks of speed driving.
For lunch, after a great time doing karting, we went to eat at the Original Patty Men. We planned approximately $20 CAD each to eat at this restaurant.
For dinner, we ate at the Buonissimo Restaurant Birmingham, an Italian restaurant and it cost approximately $25 CAD each.
Since the fourth day had passed pretty fast, we decided to spend a day calmer for the fifth day. We decided to spend most of our day at the Railroad Park where we went cycling and looked at the beauty of the nature that surrounded us.
After that great day in that park, we decided to visit some of the hidden places of Birmingham since we found several Internet pages about those places in Birmingham. We thought it would be a great idea to visit them on our own and get scared a little bit. Here are some pictures of the places we visited that evening.
During this amazing day, we ate lunch at the Ju Ju's Cafe and we both had planned $20 CAD to eat. For dinner, we went to the Annexe restaurant and it cost us both $25 CAD.
For our sixth day, we went paintballing at Delta Force Paintball. We thought it would be a great way to meet other tourists or even people from all around United Kingdom. It was our first paintballing experience and it was amazing. At the end of the day, we did a helicopter flight with chocolates and bubbly. It was probably mainly offered to couples but we thought it was fancy and that being really good friends we could also do it. We had the chance to see the city and its lights from the top on a beautiful spring night.
For lunch, we went at the Boston Tea Party and it cost us both approximately $20 CAD. For dinner, it cost us $25 CAD at the Rico Libre Tapas.
For the day before our departure, we decided to keep it simple because our flight was early the next morning and we needed to sleep and to finish packing. We stayed at the Botanical gardens of Birmingham all day long and we ate a picnic there for lunch. The scenery was wonderful. While visiting that site, we also learned a lot of things about nature and we were pretty happy about it since the purpose of our trip was to discover different landscapes and learn about nature.