The Birmingham smile!

We often visit Birmingham as my sister in law lives in Hall Green. We only ever have great experiences, wether brilliant customer service, extreme friendliness, random acts of kindness and totally positive conversations! 

The city has been voted in ‘rough guides’ top ten cities but has also been marred by some bad press and racist slurs by the news and some uneducated amercians . I personally love the diversity of the city and coming from  white middle class West Sussex we dont often see a mix of cultures. 

The Tolkien festival at Sarehole Mill is an amazing festival with battle re-enactments, pottery demos, wizards and dragons. We love the asian supermarkets with their strange ingredients, odd  fruit and incredible bargins. The Bull ring is huge and exciting , it is full of every shop you could ever desire. There are cut price fabric stores which are beyond imagination and I love! The nature centre next to Edgbaston cricket ground is great value. There is Caburys world, the think tank, Baddesly Clinton, canals and the Lickey hills, but the idea wasn’t to be a tourist guide to Birmingham but to let you know about the huge friendliness of this city!

 We all laugh about how many amazing experiences have. We have had great conversations about dawali with the guys in Big Johns. One night we got a cab and the driver waived the cost of our journey because he had a good day at the dogs. Genuinely kind offers of help with directions or lifting the buggy! Today my husband had a conversation about the cricket with a random man at a zebra crossing. My girls have had lots of smiles and kindness going around the shops.

My sister in law moved here to go to university and fell in love with the place settled and had her family, she was practically adopted by Ali and his family at the Kushi in Mosley.

Birmingham is somewhere I have previously only ever seen as I landmark from the M6 when travelling to family in Stoke. But it isnt just ‘Star City’ and it is definatley worth stopping for the culture, a curry, shopping or the huge Christmas Market!  I guarantee a warm welcome.


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