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After a wonderful trip to the UK visiting family and friends I returned home this week.  International travel can be exciting and also exhausting.  What should have been a 24 hour trip home ended up taking 48 hours!  You can view some of our visits to museums in my home town, Leicester, below.

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Leicester is a city with a thriving ethnic minority community which makes up more than a third of Leicester’s population and continues to enrich city life.  I loved the Indian grocery shops that populated the main streets of Belgrave, along what is known as the Golden Mile – named after the unusually high number of traffic lights that line the street. Owing to the community that populates the area, it is no surprise that many fine traditional Asian restaurants are on offer the whole length of The Golden Mile, pulling in a large number of locals and visitors alike.

Belgrave Rd, Leicester

Belgrave Rd, Leicester


Returning to one’s home town can be an emotional experience.  I visited the primary school I attended which brought back many memories. I remembered the day my mother dropped me off at school as a five year old.  By the time I had left junior school at age 11, my mother had died.  The school buildings haven’t changed that much since I attended in the sixties (the school opened in 1930) and I remembered each of the classrooms, the hall and the playgrounds.  I was quite impressed with the ICT facilities, a computer lab, and the appearance of interactive white boards in each classroom.


I also visited a school of the future, Soar Valley College, only opened in June this year.  The facilities were  modern, spacious, inviting and impressive. What impressed me greatly was the fact that this is not just a school but a community facility.  Out of school hours, it can be used by members of the public and groups for learning, leisure and events such as weddings.

Soar Valley Community College, Leicesteruk-photos-0141