How to travel on a budget

By Emma Bralic Velho As students, we’re almost always longing for that next maintenance instalment from SFE or leeching off of our parents in order to be able to survive. At the same time, the majority of us just want to travel. I fit into both categories. As a linguist and somebody who learns another…

Dealing with the crisis as a culture vulture

Megan Nicholls I guess you probably don’t want to read another article about Coronavirus, death rates, lockdown restrictions or upcoming uncertainty. We all know these are “unprecedented times” and there is not much we can do apart from stay at home and support key workers. So, if you have a spare moment in between home…

Pâtisserie Paradise

Megan Nicholls  The French are stereotypically famous for their fine wines and delicious cuisine. However, their quintessential cakes and pastries have also played a significant cultural role for centuries. The mouth-watering delicacies might be easily confused with traditional desserts, such as crème brûlée, profiteroles, and tarte tatin, not to mention the well-loved crêpe; and, of course, baked croissants, baguettes, and pains au chocolat.  The…

72 hours in Budapest

By Chloe-May Hornbuckle Nothing beats getting to know the culture, history, politics, and (of course) the food of each new place you visit, and it’s safe to say that Budapest isn’t lacking in any of these areas! From enjoying the panoramic views of Budapest while cruising along the River Danube to letting your hair down…

72 hours in Barcelona

By Chloe-May Hornbuckle Nothing beats a weekend escape to a place where the sun is (almost) always shining, where the streets are always bustling, the atmosphere is vibrant and where you just can’t get enough of the food… If that all  sounds perfect, then Barcelona is the place for you! Home to 3 UNESCO World Heritage…

The Australian bushfires: feel-good stories despite the devastation

By Lily King The world has been shocked in the past weeks by the images of devastating bushfires engulfing Australia. The highest possible Fire Danger Rating, catastrophic, has been declared in several locations with the blaze taking a toll on plant, animal and human life, burning through over 12 million acres according to Time Magazine….

Surviving Sub Zero Temperatures

By Lily King Us Brits love a good moan about the weather in the UK, but how do people cope in really cold climates? I asked five UoB students who have lived in cold countries for their advice on keeping warm… Maisie: Ontario, Canada “Never go outside with wet hair- I made this mistake once…

Visiting Your Besties Without Breaking the Bank

By Lily King If you have mates living abroad, it can seem impossible to visit them without breaking the bank. These top tips will be sure to help you save the pennies when you travel. Book in advance Transport is often a lot cheaper if you book way in advance! Check out how far in…

Ein festlicher Vergleich von zwei Städten: die Weihnachtsmärkte in Stuttgart und Nürnberg

Von Sarah Carrington Weihnachtsmärkte sind eine der zauberhaftesten und beliebtesten Teile des Advents. In Birmingham bekommen wir einen Geschmack der deutschen Traditionen, aber wie sind die Märkte in Deutschland wirklich? Hier vergleiche ich zwei südliche Städte Deutschlands und ihre unterschiedlichen und hoch geschätzten Märkte. Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt: Modernität und Größe Stuttgart ist die Landeshauptstadt Baden-Württembergs mit…