Bournemouth, a student-proof city

Did you know that Bournemouth is one of the few English cities which you refer as “her”, and that its City Council banned the use of Latin words, because it considered them discriminatory against immigrants?

I had the pleasure of visiting Bournemouth in November; not really a popular month to go there on holiday. As with all coastal cities, Bournemouth is alive especially during the summer, when  activities and events are organised and tourists walk along the promenade. However, visiting Bournemouth in November wasn’t bad at all, especially as the Christmas atmosphere made everything enchanting: illuminations, Christmas markets, Santa Claus figures climbing everywhere and a stage in which artists could perform. The smell of roast chestnuts was intense in the air and the occasional drizzle was not annoying at all. The city parks wore their autumn uniform, and the yellow and red of the leaves stood out against the dark green background and the milky sky.

Bournemouth – just a couple of hours away from London – is one of the main destinations for foreign students who go to the UK to attend English courses. For this reason, it has more than 30 language schools in the city and surrounding area Despite the cold season the city’s liveness warms you; it is great in every season of the year; a weekend spent in visiting pubs or clubs will confirm this, as university and foreign students contribute to livening up the night-life. It’s absolutely normal to meet young people talking in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese; drinking a beer or shopping in the city centre.

I was strolling in the main streets once, when, surprisingly, I came across two deconsecrated churches: one had been turned into a nightclub and the other into a supermarket. What a bizarre way to re-use old buildings?

Bournemouth mixes modern style with  Victorian, and there are a large number of green areas within the city: there are over 3 million pines, and a sixth of the area is natural space, including parks, and with expositions. Bournemouth is very people-friendly: the centre is small enough to walk from one side to the other, there’s a shopping district with all the most popular stores, for a perfect day of shopping; and there are many different types of entertainment, such as: a hot-air balloon, a skating rink, water sports and a large number of restaurants. A nice walk is to go to Bournemouth Pier, which is built over one of the cleanest beaches in England.