We took a short break (or long weekend, depending on how you see it) from Germany last weekend in order to visit some former fellow expats in Germany.We got surprised by the weather: for being so far inland, it was quite blustery with rapidly changing bouts of rain and sunshine.
We spent a lot of time walking around exploring and window shopping: the Digbeth neighborhood, the Bullring, the downtown area. Digbeth had a lot of artsy stuff happening in and near the Custard Factory.
It wasn’t all just window shopping: two sets of local pals took us through the Bullring shopping mall and the covered and indoor markets. The fresh fish looked suprisingly nice for how far inland Birmingham is. The unplucked duck hanging up was something I hadn’t seen before — not even among the whole geese and ducks in Hong Kong. The weather couldn’t decide if it was going to cooperate with our plans or not, and in the end we got a nice rainbow out of it.
Our final day satisfied, partially, some culinary withdrawal we’d been experiencing since January. We used the sunny weather to our advantage for a walk to Kings Norton, strolling about the cemetery there, marvelling at the mix of rather modern and ancient graves, and then took a taxi from there to the Balti Triangle. By luck, our taxi driver was a Pakistani gentleman who knew the area well and endorsed the restaurant our pals had in mind. We enjoyed a final meal with our Birmingham buds, and took a taxi from there to the airport for our flight home.