I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I bloody love living in Liverpool. I’m now approaching the fifth anniversary since I packed my bags and moved up north and boy have I never looked back. Considering both my day job and my blog are dedicated to the fabled home of The Beatles it’s a good job I can’t see myself getting bored of it any time soon. There are very few places that could ever lure me away (I mean a gal couldn’t say no to New York or Sydney) and here’s why Liverpool will always have my heart.
Oh how I love scousers. You won’t find anywhere else that has such a strong sense of identity and pride in its city than Liverpool. Ask someone who’s never been to Liverpool to draw a scouser and you’ll either end up with a girl with rollers in her hair or a football hooligan. I can confirm that neither are true (although walk around town on a Saturday afternoon and you will see at least one gal with her hair firmly in her rollers, you go sista). Scousers are a special breed, they’re some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and they look after their own. There’s a reason Liverpool was voted the UK’s friendliest city don’t ya know.
2. It’s not bad to look at
Alright so it’s a little bit superficial but when you’re walking the same streets every day it helps if they look nice. Liverpool has some of the best looking buildings I’ve ever seen, throw in the waterfront and you’ve got one good looking city. It thrives in the sunshine but even on a rainy day it looks hot to trot and having something nice to look at is a whole lot better than some grubby streets and boarded up shops (mentioning no names….)
3. The food
The way to my heart is most definitely through my stomach and luckily for me Liverpool has more than enough options to keep my appetite happy. In the (almost) 5 years that I’ve been here alone I’ve lost count of how many new restaurants and bars have opened up in the city and my food bucket list is growing by the day. If you’re a foodie like me then Liverpool will answer all your dreams with everything from Indian Street food to the best pancakes this side of the Atlantic.
4. It’s a hop, skip and a jump from EVERYTHING
Liverpool may be a thriving city but go half an hour down the road and you’ll be in the rolling hills of the Welsh valleys. Head in the other direction and you’ll soon find yourself beside the seaside. With top notch transport links to London and more importantly for me, back home, living in Liverpool means you get the best of both worlds. For a country bumpkin like me it’s ideal to still be able to enjoy the countryside when that dreaded homesickness hits without having to stray too far from my beloved adopted home.
I may well be an ‘adopted scouser’ but as Gerry and the Pacemakers once sang, this land’s the place I love and here I’ll stay. Sorry Mum.