Sunday, March 2

Welcome to Liverpool

This week at Teen Fiction Cafe the topic is anything goes so I thought I'd take the chance to talk about Liverpool in the UK where I lived for five years and is a place that I passionately love (though not the weather).

A lot of people mistakenly call people from Liverpool, Liverpudlians which is a big no-no and I definitely don't advise you to say this to their face. The correct term for someone from Liverpool is a Scouser, and of course the most famous Scousers are those four lads that rocked the world, The Beatles. There's not a lot about them that I can say that hasn't been said, but they are still a huge part of Liverpool culture and not only can you go to the new Cavern and also see where the old Cavern once stood, but you can even go and see Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane!

The other thing Liverpool is famous for is football. There are two premiership clubs in the city - Liverpool and Everton and to put it into perspective, Bill Shankley who was a legendary manager for Liverpool Football Club once said something along the lines of: football isn't just a case of life and death, it's a lot more important than that. And in Liverpool this is completely true. Scousers take their football very seriously, which is fine by me since I support the best club in the world (come on you mighty Reds).

This year Liverpool is the European Capital Culture, which while a lot of people laugh about since Liverpool hasn't always been known for it's culture, this title is completely fitting, since it is full of historic building, was once one of the biggest ports in Europe and is filled with the best folk in the world. So there you go, that's Liverpool in a nutshell. If you haven't been there before, I urge you to try and make the trip and if you have been there, I'd love to know what you think.


Jessica Burkhart said...

I've never been to the UK, but it's on my list of things I want to do very soon. I loved this post, Amanda! :)

Melissa Walker said...

Ooh, I lived in London for a year but never got up to Liverpool, which was completely silly. I will definitely get there someday -- I love any sports superfans like that (being a diehard Carolina basketball fan myself).

Gerb said...

I've only been to London once, and we didn't make it to Liverpool, either. Now I'm intrigued. I go back to the UK this summer. I must see if I can add Liverpool to the itinerary!


Alyson Noel said...

I LOVE Liverpool! I spent some time there way back in the day, and had an absolute blast!

Amanda Ashby said...

Hey Jessica, I first went to the UK when I was 21 and I'll never forget my initial impressions of how old and historic everything was (coming from Brisbane, Australia where our Heritage buildings are circa 1900!!!). I know you'll love it when you get there!

Melissa - I was useless when I lived in London and never went anywhere but the pub - hic! And yes, if you can appreciate the dedication of being a true sports fan then you will LOVE Liverpool!!!

Gerb - oh, I know if you can manage to squeeze in a trip to Liverpool that you will LOVE it. Especially since it's the capital of culture so there will be LOADS of extra things going on (and it's only 2 1/2 hours by train from London so not too far off the beaten track!)

Alyson - that's soo cool you've been to Liverpool! It is such a fun place to hang out in!!!

Sara Hantz said...

I've only been to Liverpool once when I was at Uni in Manchester, and my friend's cousin was at Liverpool Uni. We went over for a party.... obviously I did all the sights hahahahaha