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Newport continues to surprise me
Newport in general
Member Name: punkrockpenguin
Newport in general
Advantages: Reminds me of home, you get used to it and its all on the up.
Disadvantages: the people ruin it for themselves.
If you'd have asked me about Newport a few years ago, I would have probably not have known anything about the place at all. I moved down here in September 2011 for University at the Universtiy of Wales, Newport to study Creative Sound and Music. I am living in Opal and studying at the city campus and have explored a fair bit of the city by now.
My first impression of the city after a trip to the supermarket is that there are a lot of dodgy looking people about and that the place seems very run-down, tired and sad looking. I felt a bit worried about wandering around on my own and quite intimidated by the locals. As I have spent time in town, my opinions have changed. There is so much on offer here.
Shopping in the high street seems pretty good, there are plenty of big name shops (namely HMV, Topshop, Waterstones, H & M, New Look, Primark e.t.c.) mixed in with bargain shops and small traders. It is a nicely planned high street, the streets are kept looking nice and tidy with plants, statues and plenty of benches and bins. These are all located very closely to the train and bus stations. There is also a retail park, which I'm yet to venture to, that is just a short bus ride away.
There is a nice choice of popular restaurants in town too including three Wetherspoons, MacDonalds, Subway a lovely little chip shop called Vacara, Kama Lounge and more.
Kama lounge doubles as a hotspot for a chilled out 'few pints' at night and hosts an acoustic night on a Thursday. It is such a nice venue, lovely atmophere. Kama is owned by the same people who own the other two most popular venues in town; Delilah's and Meze Lounge. Delilah's is the place to be if you want to dance the night away to chart music, pop, R & B, you name it! Meze Lounge is for the rockers, the indie kids, metalheads, punks and Reggae lovers. All three venues have well priced drinks, there are always offers on. A night out in Newport is always good!
However, I still wouldn't venture off on my own on a night out. I have heard a fair few stories happening to people I know and trust in the short time I've been here. In the day, the place seems so much brighter and friendly.
I think I am being introduced to the city at a time of change. There is a new University campus, a new bridge, almost new Shopping centre, new apartment buildings e.t.c.. Newport is changing for the better. From a dated, run down hide-away for dodgy people to a modern, exciting place to be! I'd give it five years and Newport will have a completely different feel to it. I look forward...
Summary: Its getting better!
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