I, including a lot of the other Lancaster alumni do miss the place!
As far as cities go, Lancaster is more the size of a Lancashire Mill Town. It feels more rural than a lot of other UK ‘cities,’ being so close to the Forests of Bowland/Ribble Valley. I lived close to the town centre (Primrose area to be exact) for two years, and I have (possibly romanticised) memories of walking into Campus on a Spring/Summer’s day, along the scenic cycle paths and small lanes. It was a very peaceful experience, and simply remembering it helps soothe my soul!
Being back in Manchester now, the closest thing I get to being close to ‘nature’ is hand feeding a bunch of ungrateful Canada Geese in Alex Park, while making a mental note to stay a good 50 feet away from the doggers and funky-smelling old geezer fly tipping in the corner.
As mentioned before, the campus and town feel very safe. Of course, some of the locals aren’t a full schilling; for example there’s this guy who rides the buses around Lancaster, he usually sits at the front, rubbing his hands together whilst cursing the existence of Blackpool Tower (“Blackpool Tower... I’ll show you, Blackpool f****** tower!). I also once witnessed a rather large woman in an anorak and Teddy bear rucksack, and a man wearing wrap around shades beat each other up near one of the Wetherspoons once. .. But don’t let that put you off! In a demented sense, I think it adds to the charm of the place!
Last edited by El Nombre; 06-11-2011 at 22:24.