I decided to take today and tomorrow off as I needed a break, not just for my physical well-being, but for my mental and emotional health as well. These past few months have been a whirlwind, with work responsibilities piling up and life in general feeling more chaotic than ever. It was high time for a breather. With the weekend  just around the corner, this decision offers a perfect opportunity to focus on self-care and well-being in a world that rarely slows down.

With the nights growing longer and safety concerns for women becoming increasingly prevalent, I decided to head home early.

Despite the raging rain brought by storm Ciarán outside, I set out on my day of #metime. The adventure began at The Common Room, where I sought refuge from the weather and ordered a comforting hot chocolate. It might have been slightly cold, but I drank every sip, as it was exactly what I needed. The cozy atmosphere of the bar provided the perfect backdrop for a moment of tranquility. The Common Room in Newcastle has a rich history as the former Mining Institute, and it has been reimagined into a contemporary venue that pays homage to its heritage. This unique space combines the elegance of the old world with a modern touch. It is a place where you can enjoy a blend of history and culture, making it a must-visit destination for those looking to appreciate the city’s diverse past while indulging in the present-day offerings.

Afterwards, I decided to brave the elements once again and explore Grainger Market. Granger Market in Newcastle is a historic indoor market that has been a bustling hub of commerce for over a century. Located in the city centre, Grainger Market is a treasure trove of shops and stalls offering a wide variety of goods, from fresh produce and street food to clothing, antiques, and much more. It’s a place where you can find unique items and enjoy the authentic charm of a traditional market, all while immersing yourself in the rich history of Newcastle. To my surprise, the market felt eerily empty. Perhaps the storm had deterred the usual bustling crowd. It was sad to see some shops closed down, a stark reminder of the economic challenges that seem to be affecting businesses everywhere. However, amid the adversity, I spotted some familiar shops like Soul Rebel and Hutchinson’s, the fresh fruit and vegetable store. 

As the early evening set in, I made my way to Manjaros, a restaurant that specialises in Afro-Caribbean and Middle Eastern fusion dishes. Manjaros offers a diverse menu that caters to a wide range of tastes and is a great place to try unique flavours and enjoy a hearty meal, making it a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike. I had hesitated to return to this joint after a previous mix-up with my order. This time, waitress Emma ensured that my meal was exactly as I had requested. The food was not only delicious but served in generous portions, making up for the earlier hiccup.

With the nights growing longer and safety concerns for women becoming increasingly prevalent, I decided to head home early. It’s a sad reality that we must adapt to, but it’s essential to prioritise personal safety. Despite these challenges, I cherished the moments of respite and exploration throughout the day. Before heading home, I checked my step count and was pleasantly surprised to find that I had walked 9,981 steps throughout the day. It was an unexpected but welcome accomplishment, adding an extra layer of contentment to my day.

Manjaros in Newcastle – Photo by Salha Kaitesi

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life does wonders for your well-being. It’s a reminder that amidst the chaos, there are pockets of serenity and positivity to be found. Today was another opportunity to embrace solitude, rejuvenate, and appreciate the small joys that life still offers.

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