Newcastle / Durham / Friends

What a weekend!

I had a blast hanging out with some friends in Newcastle and Durham over the weekend. Got to spend time with one I know a bit, get to know someone I’ve only met a few times a bit more, and meet a new friend I’ve heard lots about, but never met. Much fun! We just dandered around Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, pretty place.

baltic mill

[Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art]

statue

[A random statue in Newcastle… there was a lot of stuff like this, appears to be a rather artsy place!]

I stayed in Durham on Saturday evening with the girl I’d just met that day. Durham really reminded me of Edinburgh to be honest! Lots of little winding streets and old architecture. We spent some time in prayer that night, which was intense, but can’t be shared here! If you really want to know, drop me an email and maybe I’ll share some more.

Sunday morning we went to my friends church in Newcastle, City Church. I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it… it has a really nice family feel to it, a range of age groups. After having some lunch and coffee, we got the train back up to Glasgow. Journey takes about 2 and a half hours. From Central station we headed straight out to a church on the southside of Glasgow to chat with their youth pastor.

starbucks quality

[We ended up in Starbucks for coffee, despite my not liking it… This sign amused me… “To protect the quality of our coffee, we ask you not to smoke.”]

When I finally made it back into my flat and dumped my stuff (rucksack, sleeping bag et al), I realised just how shattered I was!

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9 Responses to “Newcastle / Durham / Friends”


  1. 1 Connor McCullough January 29, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    i will not have you speak foul of my addiction.. i mean… Starbucks, lol

  2. 2 Shawn January 29, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I am so jealous of the beautiful sites you all have. Hmmm…maybe I need to take a trip across the puddle and visit…in the summer though. Get some rest gorgeous.

  3. 3 Bekah January 29, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    wait… did I read that right? YOU DON’T LIKE STARBUCKS?!?!?! I’m with Connor… that’s like blasphemy or something! lol. I’m glad you had such a great time though!

  4. 4 emmsy January 29, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Yes… you all read right… I have admitted my true colours… I don’t like Starbucks… for several reasons!
    Firstly, because (unless you are actually American or in America!) it feels like selling your soul to the American government… I know, purely my own reason! Secondly, its not hugely great ethically. And thirdly, I just don’t think their coffee is that great! It’s fine for stuff like Frappacinos etc, but if you just want a regular filter or americano, which I normally do… it’s just not that great!

  5. 5 Connor McCullough January 30, 2007 at 11:58 am

    you see, i dont get normal coffee in it, i normally get a grande extra shot vanilla latte, or a grande extra shot caramel machiatto…. normal coffee i ususally go to common grounds

  6. 6 emmsy January 30, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Exactly… regular coffee in Starbucks just isnt top notch! In Glasgow, I go to either Beanscene or Tinderbox, in Ireland, Ground!

  7. 7 Bekah February 2, 2007 at 1:55 am

    Nope. No normal coffee for me at Starbucks either (but… shhh… i didn’t say that Scott) I’m more of a fan of their Cinn. Dolce, Vanilla Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Chai, White Rasp. Mocha, Breve, ok so maybe more like 3/4 of the menu. 🙂

  8. 8 Steven Carr February 22, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    I have the privilege of living in Durham and Newcastle was my home town.

    Very underated cities in my opinion, especially since the redevelopment of the river area in Newcastle.

  9. 9 emmsy February 23, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Steven… welcome to my blog 🙂 How’d you find me? I loved Newcastle for the short time I was there, and Durham really reminded me of Edinburgh.


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