What a day! My Saturday has been packed with activities and fun! I think I am going to give my credit card a rest after this weekend anyway! Also, get down and do some serious work! The day started off with me spontaniously joining David in a protest march against educational fees and cuts in terms of disabled student allowance and educational maintenance allowance. Very outside my comfort zone, I have never pictured myself being that type of person (don’t know why), but I really enjoyed it! You can read the article here! We were just over 30 people who started off at UEA square and marched into town, chanting different chants like: “We will never give up the fight, education is the right” and “They say cut back, we say fight back!”. Some of the protesters attempted a couple of what I feel were quite hateful chants about David Cameron and the Tories, and decided not to join in on any political party bullying and name calling. I find that chants like that are quite undignifying and take away the true meaning of the cause. Luckily most people I think felt that way, and those chants soon died down! We got loots of smiling faces, waves and supportive tooting from cars! It felt so cool walking down the main street in town, when it was packed on a Saturday afternoon, everyone stopping for us and taking photos! At the end Green Party parliamentary candidate (cycled to meet us) called Lesley Graham gave a little speech, which was lovely and inspiring! One of the people holding a speech mentioned how education is a right, not a privilege, and that free education is very possible as there are several countries (including Norway) where higher education is free!
Pictures underneath are from the official Defend Education UEA homepage!
Afterwards David and I decided to warm ourselves with a quick coffee at Stranger’s coffee. I had a lovely latte and David had a DELICIOUS white hot chocolate. We shared a cheaky treat too! Afterwards we walked around the Lanes taking in all the cute window displays and the Market.
Last but not least, the main event of today, was a meal at Revolucion de Cuba. We booked this earlier this week, as we found out the place was doing 50 % off in January for food! We got an absolute bargain, 12 plates of delicious tapas and cocktail for only 16 pounds per head! It was absolutely amazing, and I am so happy we went! I had actually been there before, and it was quite nice returning. Feel like the place sort of means something a bit more to me, as it was the first place I stumbled upon on my first day in Norwich for the start of university, when my ex-boyfriend and I went out for a final meal together before he returned home and I was officially by myself starting a new chapter of my life. It took me actually a year to remember where it was, as I couldn’t remember where it was before, as we only really found the place by chance in the first place as we both were very disorientated and lost on that first day.