The summer before I came to uni here, my parents wanted to see where I was going to be. We stayed in a caravan park in Whitley Bay for a couple of nights so we could spend some time getting to know the place before I arrived.
It was sunny, bright and sunny, but freezing and windy. Really really cold for July.
It was 1994. The roadworks for the Cradlewell Bypass were just barely beginning. The road into Newcastle from the Coast was a single carriageway, going down and up a steep slope through Jesmond Dene.
And I kept seeing yellow signs with the letter 'M' on in black everywhere. There are a lot of Morrisons stores round here, I thought.
I didn't get close enough to see the word 'Metro' picked out in white letters on black.
I felt a bit silly when I realised that it wasn't that Morrisons was the only supermarket in the north east. The signs were showing metro stations.
(any silly misconceptions you want to share?)
(also: more photos now available on the flickr photostream)