Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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3 things I love most about Birmingham

After more than 7 years (the longest I’ve lived anywhere in my life), I moved out of Birmingham this week. When people ask where I’m from and I say ‘Birmingham’, it’s always met with the response: ‘but you don’t sound like a Brummy’. And yes, whilst that is true, it doesn’t and won’t ever stop this great city from being my hometown.

It’s the city I know better than any other – from the 8 years I spent at boarding school in nearby Bromsgrove, coming in on the train to go shopping, to the cinema or to hangout with friends, to the 7 years I’ve spent back here in my adult life (living in Moseley, Acocks Green and then the city centre), it has always felt so familiar and felt like my home. birmingham, canals, hyatt regency, gas street basin, city lifeThese are the 3 things I love most about Birmingham: Continue reading…


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Blogmas Day 8

Whilst I can’t believe I’m now on day 8 of my quest to complete blogmas and had been planning on posting about work Christmas parties (mine’s tomorrow), I’ve done quite a lot of Christmassy things recently so thought I’d write a little run-down of them instead.

Christmas trip to London

Now, I feel like so many people are desperate to visit Winter Wonderland and see the Oxford Street lights every year. But I’m here to tell you that you really shouldn’t bother. Continue reading…

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Christmas in Birmingham

When people think of Birmingham at Christmas, they tend to think of the Frankfurt Christmas Market and Christmas Craft Market which fill up New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square every year and are accompanied by the ice rink and the big wheel. For those who live in the city centre though, it is the time of year when eye-rolling, crowd-hating, and needing additional time to get anywhere becomes the norm.

Don’t get me wrong the markets are lovely to look at but year after year they’re set out exactly the same, selling the exact same products and charging the earth for food and drink, and yet people come in their thousands. Continue reading…


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Get Me Out Of Here!

On our flight to Madrid last Sunday, my boyfriend remarked that in the past year alone we have been out of the country five times. Blessed as we are that we can travel so easily and visit so many amazing places, it is in my nature to get away from England as often as I can (I get itchy feet if I stay in one place for too long) and I do work unbelievably hard to be able to treat myself in this way. Our trip to Madrid was for four nights – with life as hectic as it is, we couldn’t find a whole week free between now and November! – and we had a great time exploring the city and relaxing.

IMG_2071This weekend, in England, is the Spring bank holiday so many people will have the long weekend off before work again on Tuesday. As I had my little holiday already, I have family coming up to visit and haven’t planned on doing much except eating lots and relaxing. Continue reading…


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Bargain Day Out #1

I love a bargain and a discount and, as a student, I’ve come to love and value them even more. These days you can find vouchers, offers, and promotions for so many different products, services and activities. Its not about spending as little as possible (you can do that by staying at home and doing nothing), but about being able to go out for meals and have enjoyable days out whilst saving money.

For a while now, I’ve been planning a full day of discount fun to see how many different things I can do in a day whilst saving money. Unfortunately, the demands of uni and work have meant that I haven’t actually had a whole day off in months to try out my plans of a ‘bargain day out’! Continue reading…