In the short time that I have been back at uni I have managed to go on a little day trip to Brighton, to surprise my cousin for her birthday. Vik had only just started at Brighton university and because her birthday was so close to the start of the semester she wanted everyone to come up to see her for her birthday, rather than her come home so soon. So off to the seaside we all went! Despite the extremely early start to my day at the beach, I was so excited. I’d never been to Brighton before and this was the perfect excuse for a day trip.
I walked down to the sea front from the station to meet up with the rest of my family to have a quick bit of breakfast at their hotel. We spent the morning catching up with each other and exploring through all the shops and the lanes. I am already having to think about planning a shopping trip, when I’ve saved up enough money, because the shops were amazing. I could have easily spent all day browsing around and purchasing lots of unnecessary things. But we had more important things to do that morning, like buy prosecco and cake from M&S, and order Nandos takeaway, ready for our birthday picnic on the beach. Luckily, we had gorgeous weather for it; much to my discomfort as I had to carry my winter coat around all day.
Vik came out of uni on her lunch break and we all sat in the sun, eating chicken, drinking wine and opening presents. I would never have thought I would have been sunbathing on the beach in October, but it was so hot and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I didn’t get chance to go on the pier and have a look around but I was happy enough to just stare at it and take lots of photos. We then said goodbye to Vik for the afternoon, as she had more uni to do, and we had another, more thorough browse through the shops, before meeting her back for a drink.
We spent a couple of hours at the pub drinking and chatting away, my family’s favourite past time. After deciding where we wanted to go for dinner, we walked back down to the hotel to freshen up and dump our shopping before heading back out into the lanes. We had a very yummy dinner at Pizza Express, of course with a crazy amount of student discount. There are some great perks to being a student, and getting money off of pizza is only one of them. With dinner over we walked towards the station, pit stopping in Wetherspoons, before I had to catch my train back to Winch.
I had such a lovely day, I usually always miss out on family times like this when I’m away at uni but it was nice to have everyone together again for our usual celebrations. I loved Brighton and I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m back visiting there again, making sure Vik is happy and settled into the beautiful city. I wish her all the luck in the world and know that she is going to have the most incredible time! I’m just so happy to be a part of it all and have to opportunity to visit these wonderful places and create some amazing memories with my family.