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Alex’s Things To Do In Exeter

 

Since I am a girl who likes shopping, what I most visited in these days are obviously shops! I am really enjoying all of those little cute shops and locals I can’t find in Italy, in particular in my town. From charity shops (as they are here) to museums, from the fashion cafes to the all-around-the-world restaurants. But I know I can’t spend all of my money on buying clothes: I need to travel – I love traveling – and explore the area around Exeter and this means I must have money for the bus/train ticket.

Also, there are a lot of weird and funny shops, for example “Fantasy World” which is Exeter’s largest stockist of unique costumes; you can dress-up as a medieval or roman person or as a 80’s guy. There are also many barber shops, tattoo and hairdresser salons, nail art salons and jewellery stores, etc. In Exeter you can find whatever you want!

 

 

Most popular cafes in England that aren’t in Italy (or they are so rare) are Costa and Starbucks: Italian students love them too, but, I’m honest, I don’t like their coffee because it’s really different from Italian one. Anyway we like going to these cafes to have a hot drink – maybe with a delicious biscuit – and a chat with friends.

Another local in which I have never eaten before in my homeland is Subway; I sometimes haven’t got my packed lunch so I need something cheap and quick to eat. I have eaten tasty sandwiches a couple of time there for few pounds and I absolutely liked them. Moreover, Subway offers vegan and vegetarian options and it’s good for me since I’m vegetarian.

 

 

One night I discovered The Stable – this is a rooftop bar and lounge club in Guildhall Shopping Centre – and I almost fall in love with this place: good looking, lovely music, nice cocktails, food and drinks, young people and… great beer! I recommend you The Stable if you need a break from the boring week routine and if you love having party with amazing music and beer.

That night I had dinner out with my mates in Bella Italia, an Italian restaurant in Queen Street and we decided to have pizza; honestly, it was a real good pizza! We thought we wouldn’t have eaten this delicious food for a whole month, but we found the right place to satisfy our cravings.

 

 

Have you ever been to RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum)? That is amazing! A fantastic museum and art gallery in Exeter where you can see lots of every-type collections, such as the antiquities with all of its sculptures and archaeological finds or the natural history archives plenty of minerals and (unfortunately for me – I am against animal cruelty) stuffed animals.


 

 

On the last Sunday I had a walk around the city to discover places I have never seen before and I visited the Quay after a relaxing but long walk by the river. This area of Exeter enchanted me, it reminded me vaguely of my dear Venice, and I decided to have a break with a refreshing drink in a lovely bar.

 

 

Obviously in Exeter there are some festivals and community events, such as “Fore Street Flea” on 24th September where you can find stalls, street-food and bargains – the next “Fore Street Flea” will be on 26th November.

 

 

And what about the bowling club and the cinema? There are those too, but I haven’t been there yet: they are my next destination!

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Alex’s Work Experience

 

 

Hi, I’m Alex! I’m a 18 year old girl from the North-East of Italy and I’m in Exeter to do work experience for 4 weeks (from 3th September to 1st October 2017) thanks to a school project I won.

 

 

 

 

I’m staying with a lovely host family near Pinhoe with one of the students from my school – there are 15 of us – and I’m doing a really exciting work experience at Bunyip Craft: I learnt how to make bracelets (in particular, I love the charm bracelets, they are so beautiful) and it’s fun! Bunyip Craft is a wonderful craft shop in Fore Street and I recommend you stop for few minutes in this amazing place, in fact, the first time I came in I was just surprised.

 

 

Exeter is a really nice city and there is a lot to do, for example visiting the famous Cathedral and the city centre with its countless shops or exploring all of its streets, plenty of nice restaurants and locals to relax and have a drink with your friends. I’m also visiting the towns around here, such as Topsham and Torquay, in particular this last one is a very beautiful town on the coast, you must visit this place!

 

 

I went to Torquay with my friends by train and then we walked all the way long to Babbacombe, up and down the hills with their amazing neighborhoods, shops and gardens: we thought we were in the USA because the streets and the environment were so similar to the ones we see in the American films. It took us about one hour – including lunch time – by foot from the beach to the Babbacombe Model Village: we really enjoyed this experience and the little world was super-great, I was speechless in front of that wonderful village with 13,160 mini-people!

 

 

Staying in a place like Exeter is really different from my hometown, which is near the romantic Venice. One is a big modern city (for me) and one is a small town popular for its cathedral, ‘Sanctuary of Our Lady of Miracles’.

 

 

Anyway, I’m enjoying this trip, despite the “crazy” weather, and it’s much better than I thought.