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Getting to know Coventry & beyond

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Damilola Oyedele, MSc Healthcare Operational Management

I recently realised that I’ve already spent more than 6 months at WMG studying for my master’s degree. With this realisation came another one: I had lived in Coventry for over 6 months and I still barely knew anywhere. The only places I have needed to go to are: Uni, my accommodation, grocery stores, drugstores (like I said, I do need to go to these places). To be fair, I can attribute this to the cold weather and how I don’t enjoy moving around in the cold, but the weather has been fairly good in recent times. So, I thought it would be nice to start checking out places around town.

Coventry 1One of the places I checked out is the Coventry Transport Museum in the centre of Coventry town. It is said to be home to the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world. I quite enjoyed the fact that it takes one through a journey in time and shows the evolution of vehicles through the years. It includes displays of the first-generation bicycles, cars and even sewing machines. If you like cars, you should definitely check this museum out. There are also a number of activities for children, but anybody can really partake.

I also went to a restaurant called “The Botanist” in the city centre with some of my friends. The décor in this restaurant probably explains the name. There are lots of plants, in pots hanging around the space and it provides an amazing ambience. We had a few drinks there at the end of a module and it was a really nice calming place to go after the hectic week we had. It also helped that the staff were polite and super helpful.

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Another place I visited, although outside Coventry, is the Natural History Museum in London. Here, there is a display of more than 100 (gross underestimation) species of animals that have existed (some of them, now extinct). Some of the animals were built to simulate motion and I’m embarrassed to say I was a tad creeped out by some. It was a lot of fun though. It’s a place where one can easily spend an entire day because there is a lot to see.

In addition, I visited Leamington Spa with some of my friends and I was incredibly glad I went because it is such a beautiful, calm town. Many students from University of Warwick actually live in Leamington Spa but I live in Coventry and I hadn’t visited before then. I was genuinely impressed by how pretty most of the town was. Birmingham is also very close by and I have visited a number of times. It is a little like the livelier, always on-the-move sibling of Coventry.

I have plans to find new places to visit and let you know how that goes soon; as soon as I finish all the work I’ve got at hand.

Thank you for reading this. Talk to you soon!

P.S: Photographs were taken by my friends Michelle and Michelle.