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Simon's Trip to Bristol.

Thursday 13th April 2017

The sun came out nice and early in March this year and after a busy weekend performing as Sussex's ultimate wedding band, I got a severe case of itchy feet. So I booked myself into a hostel and jumped onto a train to Bristol. The train ride takes about 4 hours with only 1 change, so plenty of time for some Spotify sessions and reading.

I am currently reading 'Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odysey'. If you like Richard Ayoade in 'The IT Crowd', 'Garth Marenghi's Dark Place' and 'The Mighty Boosh', to name but a few, you will probably love this book. I had to stop reading a few times due to uncontrollable fits of laughter. Introspective, comically bizarre and droll.. Just my cup of tea!

I decided to give my fellow travelers a break from the maniacal spurts of laughter and so turned to Spotify for inspiration. Each year I make a playlist of all the songs that tickle my fancy for whatever reason. If you don't already do this I highly recommend you start. You can map out a whole year with songs; each one holding a unique memory from a specific point in time. Check out my 2016 playlist, which filled the other half of my train journey.

I like to use Hostel World when planning a jaunt. It is unbelievably easy to use and has all the information you could possibly need to make a decision on where to stay. Whilst trawling through the extensive list of hostels, I stumbled across what can only be described as a 'no brainer'. The Kyle Blue is a boat that has been converted into a plush little hostel that sleeps up to 30 guests. It rests in the canal just opposite the center of town and has a great vibe.

After checking in, I headed into town. I grabbed some food from Bagel Boy (I recommend the Naughty Boy) and made my way to meet my amazing friend Jasmine at Mr. Wolf's. This is the most well known music venue in Bristol and always a safe bet as a starting point due to its great atmosphere. Jasmine had an app called 'Head First' which uses your location to list all of the events going on around you. We were amused to see that my Brighton friends Normanton Street were playing just down the road, so we went and danced the night away to their silky soul/ hip-hop tunes. Home from home!

The rest of the weekend was spent lounging in the sun by the canal, swimming in the river Avon (f-f-freeeeezing) and eating delicious food.

A sunny weekend well spent!

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