One of the drivers for us moving home late last year was to be on a Metro 'pink' bus route as my son was starting in big school and I wanted him to be fully independent getting to and from school. Having kids at different schools with different start and finish times, I knew I'd be up and down the road like a yoyo otherwise. But the move also meant that heading into town is so much easier for the whole family...so when Translink Metro invited me to take advantage of their #MetroSaturday offer during September and October, I was happy to oblige and decided to take the eldest with me for some quality mum & son time.
So our first stop was the Belfast Welcome Centre to pick up a new card and load it up with journeys. The good news is that unit the end of the month, there's no charge for travel cards (usually £1 for a new one) so while I was there, I picked up Smartlink adult card for myself and a dayLink card for the hubby who travels in less often than I do.
Belfast Times stuff taking pride of place (also available online).
Avoca is one of my favourites in the city - it's just like an Aladin's cave...though my son wasn't as keen.
I'd been meaning to call into Studio Souk again as I've not been for a while and I found myself a real bargain here.
I'd been looking for a grey cross body for a while and saw these handmade satchels that are made in Belfast by Vintage Satchel Company. They're all at 50% off right now so this one was down to just over £40. I'd just been given £35 by Ruth who owns Deja Vu - where I'd consigned some of my clothes recently so I used this cash to break my recent spending ban. I'd say that's allowed? It only cost me £7.50 in actual money??!
4 hours on, we headed home, chatting the whole time and letting the bus driver take the pressure of the rush hour. It made me realise that it's so much easier to talk to my son when I'm not trying to concentrate on the road at the same time. It really was proper quality time together and if I'm being honest, that was the best bit of my Metro Saturday. Thanks Translink!
Full details about Metro Saturdays can be found on this link. There's also 20% off food at Home restaurant every Saturday until the 17th October on presentation of a valid bus ticket. Yum.
Disclaimer - I was provided with vouchers in return for writing this post - a huge help towards the cost of my son's daily travel. All words and pictures are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support this blog.