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Tag: West Midlands

Defining the ‘Café Vibe’

It’s difficult to describe exactly what I mean by ‘café vibe’, but I’m sure that you already know what I mean by it already. It’s the combination of clinking cups, the tempting proximity of cookies and cake, and the steady stream of background noise. The scent of coffee beans and the comfy chairs; the warmth Read More

Tea Stained Photo Journal: Ikon’s Floating Boats

One of my favourite places to be in Birmingham is Bridleyplace. This is the area that surrounds part of the Birmingham Canals, a microcosm of its own modern making. Here you can find countless shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. And although it may seem strange, a cinema hides in the corner of The Mailbox as Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Tipsy Pancakes

Forget Pancake Day- at Jekyll & Hyde’s, it’s Pancake Week! Part of Bitters N Twisted’s range of independent bars, this establishment is popular for its variety of alcohol and hypnotising interior design. In the centre of the Colmore Business District in Birmingham, this boozy bar boasts some beautiful Victorian interior design. Moody, clay coloured walls Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Birmingham’s Dazzling Chinese New Year Celebrations

We’re a five-minute walk away when we first hear the drums. It echoes intensely down the street, the sound of a quickening heartbeat. We walk faster just in time to see vibrant dragon tails dancing through the entrance of The Arcadian. They wriggle through the entrance in time to the music, enlarging crowds following close Read More

Tea Can Help You Experience The World – And Here’s How

For those of you who know me, it’s probably very obvious why I named this blog Tea Stained Passports. I brainstormed quite a few names for this online space, and all of them had the same gist to them. However, for those of you who don’t know me personally (hi, thanks for reading!), let me Read More

8 Tips To Help You Survive Coach Trips

Travelling by coach isn’t always as easy as it may seem. I have been travelling by coach or bus for the past three years. Five days a week I wake up early in the morning to catch a bus for an hour to get to work. To see my Dad, I need to catch a Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: A Frosty Time Capsule

Winter scintillates. Everything is covered in a dusting of ammil, everything is locked in time. Snowflakes press onto windows, and tiny, furry fingers of frost stretch out from leaves, car bonnets, lampposts. The sound of crunching footsteps and the harsh, slap of cold on skin makes everything seem clear and real. Because let’s face it: Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: The Cultural Aspects of a British Christmas

Christmas is celebrated in a different way in every country: in Egypt, Christmas day is on the 7th of January, served with a hearty helping of lamb soup. In Costa Rica, tropical flowers are used to decorate houses instead of lights; and in France, a few drops of wine are spilt onto a yule log Read More

What, Where, When and Why: Birmingham’s German Market Explained

With this year being the 17th year in a row that the German Market has swept the streets of Birmingham, it’s about time that we looked back to figure out what the occasion actually means. Majority of people don’t know why the German Market exists in Birmingham, and often get confused with where and when Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Christmas Lights in the City

It’s easy to imagine what a city looks like at night. From a distance, block buildings stand tall and dark, small yellow squares blinking on and off every so often. Lamposts mark a path through buildings and motorways, vehicle headlights moving slowly on the far-off trail of tarmac. Small dots of mustard yellows and blaring Read More

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