During my Master’s degree at the University of Leeds, I opted for convenience to live in university halls of residence for the year. At the age of 29, after having lived in private housing for the past 8 years, I knew that this was a bit of a gamble, but one that definitely paid off. The attraction of these particular halls was that they were strictly for postgraduate students. One morning over breakfast, a conversation with one of my flatmates (Nina) revealed that we would both be turning 30 years old this year, and in fact, we both shared the same birthday! It was a remarkable discovery, and from that point onwards we referred to each other as twins. Naturally, a joint celebration was to be organised.
I ended up celebrating my 30th birthday over 3 consecutive evenings. My parents joined myself and Steve for a meal in the Square and Compass pub near Harrogate. The following evening, our flat held a mini-celebration with a few friends. Being a mixture of nationalities (English, Slovak, Taiwanese, Japanese and Moldovan) the food was varied and wonderful. Nina was delighted with the English-style birthday cake that my Mum had prepared for us in advance. Finally, on my actual Birthday, Steve and I dined at Fazenda, a Brazilian restaurant in Leeds. All-in-all, it was a great break from studying but I felt like some dieting was required afterwards!