Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Peak Cave visit, Castleton

                                                The Peak Cave visit, Castleton

The closest adventurous place near Sheffield has always been the Peak District. It’s an amazing place for trekking amidst dense woodlands along the prominent porter valley river and riverine river as it is in the country side but I never knew there is this amazing show cave to discover that was used by the lead miners once. It is also known as the devil’s arse because of the noise of Peakshole water moving in and out of the cave after flooding. It has an interesting layer of rock formation of stalactites of limestone which was naturally formed and thought provoking historical background stories to hear. Though it is a guided tour, it really felt scary to go inside deeper as it was totally pitch black dark.

There are buses that leave from Sheffield to the Peak district Castleton, Derbyshire. It roughly takes an hour to reach. They have tours every hour, and the fees are very nominal. Very close to this mysterious cave lies another underground river cave, called the Speed Well. Tickets, when visiting both are given concessions and costs around £15. This journey particularly thrills you more as you got to sail on a boat into the cave tunnel. All you can see is water and few dim lights suggesting a direction. There is no way out once you have boarded and have started your journey and is one-mile-long tunnel with just sufficient head height after you are seated. But definitely safety is considered first and everyone is instructed by the guides to wear the hard hat to protect themselves from injuries against the rocks. The guides are really cool and entertaining as they have a lot of stories to share of the old times and some of them are haunted. They also give you a live demo of how ropes were made in those days to hang and go deep into the earth. The best part is when you go inside you feel a bit colder, as the inside temperature is 10 degrees naturally and when you return back you suddenly feel the mist inside the cave. It gives you a total different weather feeling because of the natural wind flow inside the tunnel. But having visited other caves, this is totally worth a visit as it lies amidst the picturesque Peak district and the lovely topographical changes just takes you amazed.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Fest Hub: Sheffield City of Festivals

"Fest hub" a phrase i coined following my recent experience in Sheffield from one even to the next Sheffield seems to have the energy and vibe to pull it off. May be this can be attributed to the community that want to see Sheffield remain a vibrant and interactive city that attracts the world to itself.
Shef Doc Fest 
If you are a lover of documentaries Sheffield host the grandest of them all drawing over 1000 documentary producers and hosting numerous events. Well, i recently got an opportunity to have a pick of it and attended two of the many events; Rwanda and Romeo, and the interview with Michael Moore. Sad though i never got the full experience due to other assignments, but glad all the same to have taken a piece of the "pie".

The summer season booms with life and festival from barbecues in the park, house parties to street carnivals that are a marvel. If you are a lover of street rock dance and party. Sheffield takes it to another level. The tramlines an inner city music festive makes partying part of a day to day living, a good thing if you ask me. As life is made up of music. With DJs mixing and dancing happening in the middle of the city streets life can not be so filling if you don't have a part of this experience. Well, I just had to say it Sheffield draws all to the city.
For the time I have been here I have not seen such a lively city that has no cultural boundaries and everyone feels at home in the streets, at home and in every social life. It true Sheffield is not only the Greenest City in Europe but if you asked me I would add "It is the City that defines Life and Living in Full".

Sheffield Food Festival
Writing about this still makes my mouth salivate. Will I never took photos to capture the moment the month of May ushered a great festival and those of us who love trying new cuisines from Asian, African, American and British Iconic cuisines you have food party at your disposal. Its said the way to a mans heart is through the stomach, but this misses the point and I dare add the way to a happy lady heart too is through a satisfying and well presented meal. From its restaurants to its food carnival Sheffield to me touches my soul this as the heart of unity can only be expressed when we share and enjoy food together. 

While there are many events that you could attend in Sheffield that would make your time in the city an adventure of a life time. The three events have made me discover the beauty of Sheffield as multicultural, diverse community, that has made me feel home away from home. From its landscape, the hills and its people, as a student you desire nothing short of a fulfilled experience, and Sheffield University and city crowns it.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Emily’s Mini European Tour

This May I was fortunate to have 2 friends make the trip across the pond to visit me in Sheffield.  Wanting to take advantage of the time they had in Europe, I organized 3 mini trips over 2 weeks.  Using airbnb and hostelworld for accommodation and Ryanair and EasyJet for travel, we managed to keep the trip affordable for 3 recent graduates. 

Starting off in London, I met my friends at Kings Cross Station after they arrived.  Getting straight into the must do tourist activities, we headed for platform 9 ¾ for a quick photo op. Over the next two days we managed to visit all of the top sites on our list including: Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, The Globe Theatre, Camden Market, and Piccadilly Circus among others.

Society Ball with great friends

After a wonderful few days in London, my friends and I traveled to Sheffield to attend the Public Health Society Ball.  Although jet lag was definitely hitting hard by this time, the three-course meal and live music definitely gave us an extra boost. 

Copenhagen- the city of bikes!

The morning after the ball, we departed for Copenhagen, Denmark for a weekend of bike riding and exploration of the colorful city.  From the Little Mermaid to Tivoli to the colorful canals, Copenhagen definitely makes it to the top of my list of must-sees. 

Chatsworth House

Leaving Copenhagen, with a newfound desire to become Danish, we returned to Sheffield.  Over the next two days we visited some of my favorite restaurants, including the Prince of Wales, and traveled to the Peak District to visit the quaint village of Bakewell, as well as Chatsworth House. 
Greeted by Guinness in Ireland!

The final leg of our journey led us to the popular city of Dublin, Ireland.  With 2 nights left on the whirlwind trip, we managed to visit the Guinness Museum, Temple Bar, St. Stephen’s Green, and several other attractions. 

Exhausted after 13 days of travel and fun, and I was sad to say goodbye, but happy to be returning to Sheffield, the city I now call home!

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Sheffield: The Holistic Experience

There are many things that make the University of Sheffield a unique and outstanding premier institution. It’s diversity, wealth of culture, and harmonic community notwithstanding.   Simply put it is a fulfilling studying experience.
In my one year as Master students I have gained and learnt to appreciate the efficiency and reliability of systems that recognize and reward effort. Recently, I was privileged to have been part of a team that attended the REDD (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradations) plus Oslo Exchange Conference in Norway. An international platform and instrument of global policing on climate change.

As a social science student the desire to interact and develop your policy skills remains a critical aspect of your studies both knowledge and practice whether as an undergraduate or as a postgraduate student. In recognizing this need, the university as an accredited institution of social research endeavours to facilitate this initiative through Global Leadership Initiative taking students on board as policy analyst. These global defining conference opportunities aim at nurturing students ‘global perspective on policy, and therefore present unique opportunities for learning, interacting with experts, aid in enabling career network, and witness defining moments of history. 
GLOSS stands for Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) and aims to promote student engagement in global learning. The scheme provides students with unique opportunities to understand their courses in an international context, actively engage with international policy makers, stakeholders and partners, and be involved in international research undertaken within the Faculty of Social Sciences. Gloss in 2016 alone has supported students to attend six international conference, with two lined up to happen in the beginning of fall.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Emily’s List of Confusing British Words

Although English is supposedly the first language of both Brits and Americans, in your time in Sheffield, you may start to think you aren’t speaking the same language at all. As an American in Sheffield, the first few weeks, and really the first year of stay, you are definitely going to encounter quite a few British words and phrases, but luckily, after 9 months or confusion, I have developed a short list of highly used words and what they mean. 

A&E- The Emergency Room- not the TV channel
Boot- trunk of a car
Cheeky- flippant, still can’t quite explain this one
Cheers- Thanks, or when drinking, “cheers”
College- the last 2 years of high school
Cuppa/brew- cup of tea
Dinner- this could sometimes actually mean dinner, but other times, depending on the mood, it could also mean lunch
Duck/chicken/love- a term of endearment, like “dear”
Eh-up- Hello
Fancy Dress- costume clothes for a party, not a ball gown
Hob- burner on a stove
Homely- “homey”
Mooch- casually use time, usually walking around somewhere “mooch around the shops”
Pants- underwear, American “pants” are trousers
Peckish- slightly hungry
Pudding- any dessert, not just Jell-o pudding
Quid- pound (like “dollar” and “buck”)
Revision/ to revise- to study for exams, not to revise a paper like we would say
Tea- this could actually mean tea, the drink, but it also can mean dinner, the meal
The/your local- the closest pub to where you live
To Let- for rent
Trolley- shopping cart, not a tram
Uni/ university- college
Wally- silly/stupid person
You alright/ Y’alright- a greeting that everyone says, although it makes you feel like you might have something wrong with you, they don’t mean it that way- basically it means “hello/ how are you”