We arrived late on Friday night and checked in to our more upmarket than usual hotel in the centre of Birmingham. A bit of a chat and a catch up (a chatchup) on the train meant we were all ready for an early night on Friday. BB is working hard for her A Levels and, as Captain Wrangler of the Day last weekend I think we both deserved an early night.
Saturday, breakfast at the hotel and then out to the Universtiy campus to look at (from the outside) the favoured halls of residence for BB's first year. They look fine. Some are older than others. They will be small rooms in small flats I guess but the new ones should at least be warm and dry. Birmingham University has a campus on the outskirts of the city and part of this is essentially a park with a load of student flats in it. This includes a twenty storey high rise hall which looks dead swanky.
It was a lovely sunny day for a walk so we walked around a lot. We found ourselves at about 3pm looking for a coffee and the only place open was the staff bar. I saw the end of the Scottish Cup semi-final between Hibs and Dundee United, had a pint of local university beer and nice sandwich.
Back to town to visit Waterstones. I bought, the first (chronologically) Flashman book, two novels by Lindsay Davis, one a Flavia Alba novel and the other a courtly intrigue about Domitian, a book on evolution, a history of the War of the Three Kingdons and Mary Beard's general history of Rome. BB bought nothing - she has enough reading to do.
We went out for a curry for dinner by the canalside - it was nice. Birmingham seems to be gentrifying itself. This is a thing I am mostly in favour of. Then home to watch some television and read and have another early night.
Sunday, no breakfast, but a walk along the canal to a Brazilian barbeque buffet for early lunch then home on the train.
Restful and pleasant.
BB seems okay about the exams. I'm not sure there is much I can do to help her.