Not Just A City, It's Family | Just Add Ginger

girl overlooking the mersey river

the liver buildings

the beatles statue, liverpool city centre

I moved up to Liverpool eight years ago this year, and I've never looked back. Growing up in a small town just outside of London, as soon as I'd finished university I knew I wanted to plant my roots somewhere fresh, new, and completely different. I may not be born and bred in this city, but to all intents and purposes, I am an honorary Liverpudlian. This city captured my heart, and I am definitely one of its own. 

But just what is it about this city that has this hold on me? Aside from being a place that is steeped in history, culture, and art, Liverpool isn't just a city. It's family. It's a place that welcomes you at the door with open arms, ushers you in, and wraps a big arm around you. It takes you in, and immediately takes you under its wing. It doesn't matter where you are, what you do, or where you come from, you will always be greeted with a big smile and a hug. (And yes, just thinking about it now makes me very emotional!) 

Over the years I have lived here, not only has the skyline changed, with the construction of new buildings and re-development of areas, but there has been an ever-growing buzz in the air. Maybe the city being named 2008's Capital of Culture sparked this, but since then, there has been so much love put in to the city, and it has been given the opportunity to show exactly what she's made of. With exciting events constantly going on (food & drink festivals, the Christmas markets, art exhibitions and more) and the city seeming ever-increasingly busy, Liverpool has become a hub of excitement. And it's just what she deserves.

If I had to choose one song that truly epitomises Liverpool, it would be Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles. No matter what kind of day you've had, or what you're going through, there will always be something to go or someone to see to instantly put that smile back on your face. And what more could you ask for from the place that you call home?

Want to find out more about Liverpool, and take a peek at just how much this city has grown, head to Travelodge's Evolving Cities website. Oh, and if yo're planning on visiting the city let me know. 

With so much to do, see and explore, I'll guarantee you'll be coming back for more!

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