Life in Derby

By Diain | editorial, local guides | January 5, 2011

I have just returned to Derby after a very enjoyable Christmas and Hogmanay back home on the Scottish West Coast (despite a small accident involving a bonfire, a saw and a finger). It has made me realise how different Derby is to where I have lived previously.

I love being so close to the peak district, I have so far only been able to take two trips out there, but can’t wait to get out more once the weather improves a little. The roads are especially fun – quiet, hilly and twisty. My Fiat Panda struggles a little on the steeper hills but performs well enough for me to enjoy it. I look forward to returning when I get a slightly more powerful car. (The roads are actually quite similar to those back home)

The beer around here is great, pretty much every pub I have visited so far has a different local Ale on sale and I have spent a fair few nights sampling all that is on offer. Although the night life is a bit on the quiet side, Nottingham is a short bus ride away if we are looking for something a little busier.

Having other nucleargraduates here is a real bonus; the two week development zone was a great way to really get to know everybody before we moved, so I had a fairly large social network here before I arrived. There are also a number of graduates from all the previous cohorts who are able to give advice if and when it is required, whether it is on the nucleargraduate scheme or just where is good to head to on a night out.

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