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    • Day 4

      Day 4 MANUTD => Old Trafford

      April 21, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Today is our 4th day in Manchester. We visited the Old Trafford Stadium today. But starting from the beginning:
      Today I realised, that it is no exception, that busses never arrive on time. Yesterday I came to school with a delay of 16 minutes. Albeit my bus should've arrived 19 minutes earlier, at 8.57. Today I wanted to take even an earlier bus, estimated arrival time was set to 8.45, our school starts at 9 o' clock. But as I stood on the bus station and waited for some minutes, another bus arrived. As he drove in the same direction, I took him. I thaught this could be my first day without a delay. But then we stood at the highway, for 10 minutes without moving in any direction, as I am while driving back home this evening and writing my daily blog. And I arrived with a 2 min delay at our school, I really felt ashamed, as I am swiss. I'm never late normally. Tomorrow I'll take an even earlier bus. School was not that interesting, my teacher told me to "shut up", because I talked with Timon in Swissgerman.
      Then we had lunchbreak until 1 pm, we went to tesco and bought sandwiches and a limited galactic edition coke. It was ok, but normal coke is better. In the afternoon we drove to the Old Trafford Stadium of Manchester United and had a very interesting tour there. But unluckily we had to put all metallic stuff out of our pockets and I had a swiss army knive with me. I just put it on this screening table as I would do in Switzerland. The security said that he will leave it there and I can collect it later. After about 10 minutes inside the museum there comes a security guard to me and says we need to talk. I didn't even know why first, but then he told me that this knives are illegal in the UK and that he has to take my personal information. They've sent it to the police now and my knife is getting destroyed. Altough I legally bought it from Victorinox in Switzerland and legally travelled with it through the swiss airport. The knife was really expensive, so I'm very upset now..
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    • Day 2

      Day 2

      April 19, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

      Our first day at the language school "bsc" in manchester was funny. All teachers seem highly motivated. We made a little sightseeing trip through the city and bought week cards for public transport. It costed only 15£, which really surprised us, tough we pay this amount of money for just one day of travelling to our school and back. With this week card, there is everything included. It's called "get me there." Tomorrow we want to buy a gym membership for 1 month. All stuff is really really cheap here. It's difficult to resist buying everything.Read more

    • Day 3

      Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PN, Unite

      April 20, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Our third day in Manchestet was great as always. We're getting used to the mancunian accent. When we arrived at the airport, we weren't able to understand anything. I' ve gotten a tesco card, with this I can have a meal for just 3 £. Tesco is like a Migros, just in the UK. Tomorrow we will visit a football stadium, I'm really looking forward to that. Also, I went to the gym for the first time today. It's really, really big. There's literally everything you could imagine, twice! Also, we found out, that there are 650 ml bottles of Corona beer. Of course I didn't try it. I'm not 18 yet.Read more

    • Day 8

      Day 8

      April 25, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      There are no postboxes (Briefkästen) in Manchester.
      Or at least, I haven't seen them until today.
      If you want to send a letter to someone, you have to put the letter in a red [hydrant]. It wouldn't surprise me, if your letter will never arrive.. At least there's written royal mail in capital letters on the hydrant.Read more

    • Day 3

      Erkältungspausentag 2/2

      September 11, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Erkältungsmäßig fühle ich mich gut genug um morgen zu starten, nur meine Schuhe machen mir weiterhin Sorgen.
      Ich bringe sie zum Schuster zum Weiten. Ob das wirklich was bringt weiß ich nicht aber ich klammer mich an die Hoffnung.
      5 Pfund kommt mir etwas wenig vor für eine Tätigkeit die darüber entscheidet ob die nächsten 3 Wochen wandern aushaltbar sein werden.
      Leider bin ich jetzt 24 Stunden ohne Schuhe.
      Meine Vermitterin leiht mir ihre kaputten zu kleinen Gartenschuhe. Toll :p

      Ich verbringe den Tag mit Katzen beobachten, lesen und weiter ausruhen.

      Ich weiß leider nicht wie das Wasser im Bad warm geht, also sitze ich erst 5 min im kalten Erkältungsbad, das ich extra mitgebracht habe und geh danach unter die kalte Dusche.

      Danach gibt es wieder was zu Essen von Too Good to go.
      Es ist günstig und ich werde überrascht.
      Pasteten sind ja wohl so ein Ding hier.
      Meine Chickenpastete schmeckt wie Hühnerfrikase im Blätterteigmantel :D
      Es gibt noch Steakpastete, eigentlich Gulasch in Mürbeteig :D
      Zum Nachtisch Pastete mit Marmelade :)
      Ich hab genug geordert um morgen ganz Stressfrei im Zug versorgt zu sein.
      Sandwiches und Cookies warten auf mich :)

      Auf dem Weg vom Essen holen bestaune ich die Läden, die urigen Pubs, die Vorstadthäußer, Schuluniformen und die doppeldecker Busse.
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    • Day 28

      Manchester locally

      July 12, 2023 in England ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      No trips today just getting out and about in local Manchester.

      The girls went to Elizabeth Gaskell house which is an old Victorian property where Gail volunteers. Elizabeth was the owner and became a famous English writer. Regarded as ‘one of the greatest female novelists of all time’ Elizabeth Gaskell was born in 1810 and lived at 84 Plymouth Grove in Manchester with her family from 1850 until her death in 1865. Elizabeth welcomed guests such as Charles Dickens and Charlotte Bronte to her House and mixed with a cross section of Victorian society from the poor of the workhouse to the likes of Florence Nightingale and Charles Darwin.

      Alan and I visited the Imperial War Museum which had a focus on how Manchester coped during the war.

      Everything is quite local to their house which is on the river. You can see the Manchester United stadium not far away. If you have a lazy US$6 billion, they are for sale.

      Further down from the museum is the Coronation Street set and filming studio. Yes, it is still in production!

      Alan took me to The Britons Protection pub. It was the scene of a violent local political rally in 1904 where 15 demonstrators died. I was pleased to see my ancestor's whiskey on sale although I had a beer.

      We passed the Midland hotel walking back into town. In the entrance was a 1939 Rolls Royce. This was the hotel where monsieur’s Charles Rolls and Henry Royce met for afternoon tea and decided to try their hand at building cars.

      A quick stop at the state library and we then rendezvoused with the girls at Sam’s Chop House for a late lunch.

      We had to back track to find a misplaced umbrella which became another excuse for another drop.

      Home on a tram and relaxed to plan tomorrow. We will be on the move again.
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    • Queer As Folk 🌈🕺🏼💃🏼🎉

      June 17, 2022 in England ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Lovely relaxing and leisurely morning walking into Ashbourne town for a ‘alf English breakfast. The UK is experiencing a heat wave 🥵 at the moment! How lucky can a guy get? ☀️It’s the top news 📰 story today! And, yes, it’s extremely hot 🔥 Because I have slowed down a bit I have noticed I’m quite exhausted 😴 The heat is very different here in the UK 🇬🇧 than back home so I’m just slowly trying to adjust.

      Called into Buxton this afternoon: it’s an old spa town in the Peak District: Quaint shops and historic buildings. Bunting still up for the Jubilee! Love how patriotic & Proud the UK 🇬🇧 is!

      Too many people have been telling me how cold 🥶 it is in Melbourne so I’ve called Qatar ✈️ and extended my Summer by a few more days! Thought it may be a long time between visits so I’d make the most of this while I’m able! You only live once I say ✊🏻

      To celebrate 🎉 we hightailed it to Manchester for a night out on the Queer As Folk famed Canal Street… and oh ! What a night! ✔️

      K-Y Kelly put on a fantastic show. And! What a fabulous drag name! 💃🏼

      I was feeling very tired and melancholy this evening but it was very refreshing to be able to talk to Steven and Richard about this and discover they had similar feelings at different times. I am so often comforted to know other people are not 100% jubilant and happy 100% of the time! Social Media & facades represent a different view but I so much admire those who are strong enough to admit things can be hard sometimes. Those are MY people & I’m proud to be around them. Honest, real & open 🙏✊🏻

      Regardless of the way I feel I am generally very able to pick myself up, take a look at the BIG picture and simply enjoy the moment. This is most certainly the way it was tonight 🕺🏼🙏🥰🎉There have only been a couple of these moments during this trip and I think it’s important to let people know that is okay & valid and it is human to feel this way. I handle my mental health very well as evidenced by the amazing experiences I’ve had this trip… ✊🏻👍🏻

      I had an absolutely fantastic and joyous night. What an amazing place Manchester and Canal Street is… I have never in my world 🌎 travels found anything that matches the scope and complexity of this amazing GLBTIQA street! People were widely diverse, truly exclusive & honestly friendly, kind and welcoming. It was a pleasure to see and participate in that type of inclusive and honest behaviour.

      As much as people may try and pretend that getting older isn’t a factor in the real world it actually is. There comes a time in the evening where crowds and loud music and extremely cramped environment become an effort rather than a pleasure. If you know when to draw the line you have a skill that is worth acknowledging and being proud of. 😝😍😇

      An amazing 👏 night, and amazing street; amazing friends that made so much of an effort to help and create a wonderful evening of pure energy and effervescent fun!

      It is been an absolute privilege to reacquaint myself with Richard and Steven. They have welcomed me into their home and lives and have been more than generous with their time and efforts in ensuring I have the best time… And, I certainly have! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to both of them! 👍🏻✊🏻🥰❤️🕺🏼😘 🇬🇧☀️❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
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    • Day 1

      A dream becomes true🤗

      December 11, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

      Tatsächlich sind wir heute in Manchester gelandet um morgen im legendären „old Trafford“ Champions League United vs. Bayern zu schauen. Fußballherz was willst du mehr 😀. Heute stimmen wir uns kräftig mit Guiness ein🍻.Read more

    • Day 109

      Counting mistake

      July 8, 2022 in England ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

      Miles: 3.6 Steps: 8825
      Flights stairs: 8

      Well we’ve traveled thru 15 countries so far - 13 flights, 9 trains, 10 long distance buses and 3 ferry’s … all without a hitch. But this week I discovered my first mistake. We’re under the Schengen Visa which allows us to travel freely throughout Europe for exactly 90 days. I had checked my days and double checked them - but I forgot to count a travel day from Norway to London as being in the EU. I put it down as just a London day, even tho I spent half the day in Norway. Big Woops. If I let it go, that would put us in Europe for 91 days and be in violation of our visa. Google is torn - some say I could be fined, or even barred from ever returning. Some say, the immigration officer won’t even notice. But Jordan and I being fairly cautious decided to not push it.

      So today we had to extend our time in England one more day and not head to Germany as we had planned, cutting our time in Munich by one day, which is a bummer, but figured better safe than sorry.

      We had to change our flight from today to tomorrow, and the only flight available to do that was out of Manchester! So … we jumped on a bus and rode north 5 hours so we can fly out tomorrow for Germany, and guarantee we will only be in Europe exactly 90 days.

      Was a hassle but thankfully the UK buses are great and very inexpensive .. so no worries. But, nothing to really show of our day as the countryside didn’t look much different than the US to be honest, once we got out of London.
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    • Day 2

      Erkältungspausentag 1/2

      September 10, 2023 in England ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      Ich hab nichts getan so schwer das auch war.
      Ausgeschlafen und gelesen.
      Ein Spaziergang zum Essen und zurück.

      Komisches Gefühl so nah an einer neuen großen Stadt zu sein und trotzdem die Füße stillzuhalten.
      Aber da krank wandern keine Option ist werde ich morgen auch nochmal aktiv gar nichts tun.

      Ein paar neue Sachen gab es trotzdem, neue Ampeln, Linksverkehr und seltsame Türklinken.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Manchester, MAN, ማንችስተር, Mameceaster, مانشستر, Mançester, Горад Манчэстэр, Манчестър, ম্যানচেস্টার, Манчестер, مەنچستەر, Manceinion, Μάντσεστερ, Manĉestro, Mánchester, منچستر, Manchain, Manchuin, מנצסטר, मैन्चेस्टर, Մանչեստր, マンチェスター, მანჩესტერი, ಮ್ಯಾಂಚೆಸ್ಟರ್, 맨체스터, Mancunium, Mančesteris, Mančestra, म्यानचेस्टर, മാഞ്ചസ്റ്റർ, मँचेस्टर, မန်ချက်စတာမြို့, Manchêtre, ਮਾਨਚੈਸਟਰ, مانچسٹر, மான்செஸ்டர், మాంచెస్టర్, แมนเชสเตอร์, Manchéstér, Mančester, מאנטשעסטער, 曼徹斯特, 曼彻斯特

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