Other posts on the blog will typically follow a documenting style, however, I thought it was about time to give you a more personal look at who is writing these blogs. You can find out a little more info about me through the About page, but in this post I’ll take you through the first impressions of a new city.
Previously, I lived near Norwich. Now I have moved to the bustling metropolis of Lincoln. The main city of the UK’s largest county is home to my career for three of the next four years (at least) as I undertake a degree in Business & Management. The big differences for me is having everything on my doorstep, living in the city centre, and also getting used to the city life of everything happening around my student accommodation. Altogether though I can say that I’m thoroughly enjoying city life, and thriving on my course.
Lincoln is known mainly for two things; Steep Hill (yes it is rather steep) and swans. The swans are all around the university, due to it being next to the Brayford, a lake linking many canals of the county. Whilst traipsing around my new city I discovered a path along one of said canals, where many swans and other birds can be seen patrolling their territory or even in the spring can be seen showing their younglings their regular haunts.
What stands out to me in Lincoln is the architecture. Particularly of the university, but also in the contrast between the old and new parts of the cities. The ‘old’ Lincoln (around the cathedral and Steep Hill) seldom changes, and what has changed is incredibly evident. The newer parts of the city however, where there previously was industry a few decades ago, has now become a showcase of some interesting architecture.
The cathedral was naturally an initial destination for me, these photographs taken on a visit with the University’s Photographic Society. The sheer scale of the building is the first impact, as with any cathedral. My one gripe is that I have still to see it without any scaffolding, as there is major reconstruction of the front facade being undertaken at the moment.
At night the cathedral overlooks the rest of the city, and is recognisable from afar. One landmark of returning home is seeing the cathedral from the flatlands of southern Lincolnshire. The area around the cathedral plays host to many ‘ghost walks’ on evenings. These walks are a great experience and provide a brilliant insight into the smaller details of the city, along with a look into the more unseen parts of the city.
So far, I am thoroughly enjoying my new city and have greatly enjoyed seeing it rapidly develop, even in the short time I have been present. Future posts will cover some of the developments and artefacts around the city, so if you have any suggestions of areas to explore, please let me know!