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  • Day102

    Up North - Manchester, Ruhrpott Englands

    November 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Manchester fühlte sich in Gegensatz zu Birmingham modern und lebendig an. Das ehemalige Industriemoloch hat mich an meine alte Heimat 'dad' Ruhrgebiet erinnert - nicht nur aufgrund des populären Fußballvereins Manchester United ;)

  • Day147

    Day 147: Travelling and a Reunion

    July 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    On the move, up and out of Ireland! Very early start, alarms at 6:30am and packed and out of the house by 7am. Dublin has been a nice town, but neither of us have been super impressed if I'm honest. Definitely some nice parts, but some not so nice parts as well, and aside from a couple of attractions there doesn't feel like much unique stuff here. Though staying so far out of town probably doesn't help our perception!

    Drove across to the docks where we had to check in 90 minutes before our 9am ferry - we were a few minutes late but no dramas. Waited in the car until about 8:55 when we were basically the last car onto the ferry. This one was quite different to our last ferry - almost exclusively for trucks, only a handful of private cars and no foot traffic.

    It left on time, and our tickets included two meals one of which was breakfast, so we helped ourselves to a big serving of buffet breakfast. Fairly traditional English fare: fried eggs, fried bacon, fried potatoes, sausages, beans, toast. I loaded up since we wouldn't be getting another meal until 4pm or so.

    The sail across to Liverpool was scheduled to take 8 hours, so we managed to find a corner with power points, plugged in and got to work. I did a bunch of video work, typed up some delayed journal entries, watched a bit of some TV shows and listened to podcasts. Time passed surprisingly quickly!

    Dinner was reasonable food as well, I had a beef & black bean dish with rice, chips and a side salad. Docked in Liverpool pretty much exactly at 5pm, and since we were one of the last cars on, we were one of the first cars off! Schnitzel was very happy, since the poor little guy had had to spend the whole time sitting in the car on his own. Probably a bit scared, since it was in the bowels of the ship and likely very noisy.

    Drove around Liverpool and up the M62 motorway to Manchester. Originally aiming for our accommodation in the south of the city, I saw on Google Maps that my mum was around (we'd planned to meet them tomorrow night) and figured we might as well drop by and surprise her. Which we did! And just in the nick of time too - they were about to head out for dinner with Rae's mum plus Jennie and family, and were standing around outside waiting for cars! No tears, but everyone was very happy.

    Off to the pub up the road where everyone had a meal; Shandos and I just shared a small plate. Great to see everyone and a quality evening spent with family. Eventually we called time at 9pm since we still had a 20 minute drive to our new accommodation. We headed over and let ourselves into the place, quite a nice ground floor apartment though very hipster. Finally to bed after a very long day!
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  • Day150

    Day 150: Exploring Manchester

    July 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Time to explore a bit of this city, finally! Because of family history, in some ways it's probably the closest I have to a spiritual home in the UK, and it's still a bit weird that I've never explored it. So it was high time for a look around.

    Caught the bus into town and met up with my mum and stepdad where we had a coffee to escape the drizzle, then headed out for a wander around the town. Lots of impressive old buildings - not super old, mostly Victorian era, but it gives you a real sense of when the city grew and built its wealth (post-Industrial era).

    Had a look around the town hall, the library and a few other areas as well - all very interesting and impressive. Decided to head to a particular pub for lunch, but it started raining and we weren't allowed to sit inside with Schnitzel - very annoying! Eventually the rain passed and we grabbed some lunch at an outdoor market. Had another coffee overlooking Piccadilly Gardens before my mum and stepdad had to depart - they had a concert to get to tonight and needed to rest up in advance.

    We considered staying in the city for a bit longer but with the inclement weather and a soggy dog decided to head home as well. We settled in for the evening and just watched movies and did work!
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  • Day151

    Day 151: Last Day in Manchester

    July 16, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Very little happening today other than working and relaxing. Mum and Rae came by in the evening for dinner, and we went out locally. I'd chosen a pub near the bus stop since it was dog friendly and looked decent, but late-ish on a Sunday night they'd run out of almost everything! Food was OK but not great.

    Afterwards we went for another drink and some dessert at a different bar nearby - this one was much better and had much nicer ambience and atmosphere. Should've come here to start with!

    Said goodbye for what might be the last time in quite a while - I may see them in London, but the next time after that will be quite a while!
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  • Day2

    Manchester YHA

    June 24, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    After being in the air with some stop overs for 26 Hours, we finally made it to Manchester airport. We were then picked up by a taxi and driven to Manchester YHA.
    Now Siting in the lobby of the Manchester Youth Hostel Apartments, waiting for our walking buddies to arrive. It is still my birthday.

  • Day3

    Old Trafford

    June 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Just finished our first full day In England. We went to the famous stadium, Old Trafford, where the first Ashes were played. We then went to the Manchester United's home ground and did the tour of the stadium, it was really awesome. I bought a Man U jersey. We are missing Storm very much and we love him so much.

  • Day5

    Manchester

    June 2 in the United Kingdom

    Manchester is not one of the worlds great cities, but the perfect starting point for the trip. However it is bike friendly and has lots of trams.
    I’m staying just near the station and an easy walk to the centre of town. Plenty of time for all the last minute organising such as getting a UK SIM card and plenty of cash for traveling through small towns that have no ATMs and don’t take cards. I’m expecting that will be an exaggeration but we’ll see. I also found another book about the walk so now I’ve got more than enough to read each night about the next day’s route.
    I’m having a bit of trouble with the local accent, even hearing aids don’t help. I missed most of what the guy in the phone shop was talking about.

    This morning I walked around the city to check out a few interesting sites. First stop was an odd little park opposite the University, Manchester is not much into green spaces. In it was a statue of Alan Turing, an AIDS/HIV memorial and small rainbow mosaics set into the paths. It seemed a sad little park, full of rubbish. Then I walked up through the “gay village”, basically a couple of block with a few seedy looking bars flying rainbow flags, then on through China town, with its typical archway. This is supposedly the largest China town in the UK.
    Then I headed for the Northern Quarter. This is where all the good coffee shops and cafes are. There I found the Manchester Design and Craft Centre. This centre has a whole lot of tiny craft studios with little shop fronts set around a light filled space with a little cafe in the middle, a great spot for lunch. Then back through the middle of town where there is the most awful statue of Queen Victoria I’ve ever seen.

    I gave the Football Museum a miss, but the little People’s Museum was great, full of stories and paraphernalia of causes and struggles, voting rights, chartists, suffragettes, unions and workers rights. In one square I found a statue of Abraham Lincoln, in recognition of the support Manchester workers gave to the cause of abolition of slavery.
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  • Day3

    Manchester

    August 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Englische Zeit -1Std, also 6:00 aufgestanden, um 9:00 Uhr angelegt, um 9:30uhr von Board gefahren.
    In Hull angehalten, nettes kleines Städtchen.
    161,7 km nach Manchester gefahren, Stellplatz in Stadtnähe, bei der Universität.
    Mittags in die Stadt (ca. 3km) gelaufen. Sehr imposant, mit großen wuchtigen Gebäuden. Kurzer Halt beim HardRockCafe.

    Ann: Da ich nicht so gerne englisches Bier trinke, sind wir auf Cider umgestiegen, sehr lecker. Tolle Stadt, aber sehr voll, bisher klappt es mit unserem Essen gut. Hier gibt es einen Aldi mit ganz anderen Produkten wie zu hause....aber wir haben schon Kichererbsen gefunden. Also kann ich Humus machen ...Obst und Gemüse ist genauso reichhaltig wie bei uns in Deutschland. Einzig das Brot lässt zu wünschen übrig.
    Morgen wollen wir weiter in einen Nationalpark ...ein bisschen ruhe tanken.
    Wetter heute morgen regen heute nachmittag blauer Himmel und Sonnenschein, bei 20 Grad.
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  • Day14

    Manchester

    April 21, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Always a great time had here! Fire breathing on canal street?? Millions of Mopeds on a St George's day parade (photo expertly taken opposite an adult superstore) need I say more?! Yes...
    Food food beer beer food food beer beer
    In between the beer and food we did visit the Comedy Store, John Rylands library and Salford Quays.
    Kate and I destroyed ourselves bouldering at the climbing centre and then she bought some bubbles so we could all act like the children that we still are
    Hostess with the Mostess gave up her bed for us and therefore we left her broken and exhausted on Monday morning - til next time my dearest ****
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