This post has been well overdue as I've returned from Manchester six days ago but it's been pretty busy here in Dublin. So Athiei and I popped over to Manchester to visit Isorah who moved there earlier this year for work. Since we were hitting the UK and we hadn't seen Shep over more than three years, he came along to Manchester as well!
Manchester was a pretty easy city to get around with the tramlines connecting the airport to the city. Since there was a weekend ticket that cost £5.80 for unlimited travel from Friday to Sunday it was pretty handy.
Most of the time we were there, we cooked meals to save our money as the pound to euro currency rate is ridiculous. However, we occasionally treated ourselves to some food out including this beautiful baked macaroni and cheese with crab pieces.
There was a local market in the city with barbecued pork at the local markets in its whole original form...slightly creepy as you got to see its head and all but atleast nothing was left to waste?
The sun shone greatly on us throughout the weekend so we spent quite alot of our time just roaming along the streets of Manchester.
Then I saw this shop that reminded me so much of my middle school / early secondary school days. That was basically the name that we called each other out of love (the irony).
We saw some witty street ads.
And also enjoyed some fattening doughnuts at Krispy Kreme
1. Lotus biscuit spread flavour
2. Lemon meringue
We spent quite a lot of time on the Metrolink but atleast the view of the Hilton from the Deansgate-Castlefield station was pretty neat.
On our last day in Manchester we chowed down some Chiquitos' Pulled Pork Tortilla Wrap
Eton Mess in a tortilla wrap with churros
Baked Apple and Blueberry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Chilli Fondant with mandarin glaze and salted caramel ice cream
We didn't do many touristy things as the main part of our visit was to hang out with each other, but, we managed to head to the footbal museum as Ath and Shep are both big football fans.
There was even the opportunity to play some virtual football while we were there.
So that kinda wraps up what happened in Manchester. It was mainly focused on spending time with each other and just recapping what we had done for the past months or years. Now college hasn't begun yet and we're just welcoming the new international students in the Global Room. Been spending my weeks at the airport almost everyday just picking people up and welcoming them to Dublin.
Freshers' Week begins next Monday and things gonna get real crazy then!