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  • Jul10

    Faster train to Manchester

    July 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    I caught a 9:06 am train to Manchester. I booked well in advance. For an extra 10 pounds, I went first class. It was a treat. The 2 nd class was packed but hardly anyone in first class. I had an interesting conversation with a Scottish businessman heading dow to Manchester. He and his partners ran ski schools in Europe. Ski schools in Europe are independent of the lift operators. He had no idea what Brexit would bring, whether he would require visas for any of his employees. He said the uncertainty was crazy. At one point in his life he had been a Scottish nationalist but really wasn't sure that would work. He didn't hold out much hope for either Boris Johnson or Hunt? I let him get back to work and read the crime novel I had been dragging for the whole trip. I finished it so I can now ditch it. It wasn't that good. It seemed that as soon as I got into England, it stopped raining. Scotland was beautiful but I don't think I could live there as it rains too much and I was lucky to have not had that much rain on my trip. I made it over to my accommodation by 1 and left my stuff while I went and checked out the Imperial War Museum. They had some interesting stuff. I was so engrossed by the displays that I walked beneath a Hawker Hurricane jet suspended from the ceiling without noticing. They had JRR Tolkien's service revolver from WW1. A unique car from Eastern Europe that Jack may recognise. Part of the plane that Rudolph Heist had used to travel to England, part of the Twin Tower from New York. I lasted about two hours but saw pretty well everything. It would have taken longer with Cheryl. Media City where both ITV and BBC are located are very close to the IWM and I noticed walking by that they produce the childre's television show Blue Peter there. Blue Peter is a weely children's show that has been running since 1958. I remember watching it when I lived in England for a year with my parents. We even named our sailboat Blue Peter. It brought back lots of memories. Tonight I am just chilling out again as these travel days exhaust me.Read more

  • Day2

    Manchester dag 2

    August 4 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Good morning!

    Vandaag kwamen we rond 08:00 ons bed uitrollen na een warme maar fijne nacht. We hebben ons snel omgekleed en klaargemaakt om op pad te gaan. Bij een locale supermarkt hebben we wat te eten gescoord. Ik had een soort kaas stengel, croissantje en een bolletje. Dat hebben we buiten rustig opgegeten terwijl we mensen aan het spotten waren. Richella kwam met het goede idee om ergens een kop thee te gaan drinken, dus toen we vol zaten liepen we daar naartoe. We liepen de Gay Village binnen en kwamen al snel terecht in een hele leuke 'tea room'. We kregen een super grote pot thee voor ons twee, we hadden de smaak red berries. Heel lekker en de thee was super roze! De blaadjes zaten los in de pot, je kon een klein zeefje in je kopje leggen die dan terwijl je aan het inschenken was de blaadjes voor je opving. De ruimte was helemaal ingericht in Alice in Wonderland stijl, super mooi! Na de thee (die we niet eens op kregen) gingen we door naar The Northern Quarter. Dat is een gebied in Manchester met allemaal leuke winkeltjes en heel veel graffiti op de muren. Super hip dus haha. Daar hebben we ons een tijdje vermaakt. Saartje had een lijstje met winkels gemaakt die het bezoeken waard waren dus die gingen we allemaal af! Toen we daar klaar waren met shoppen gingen we even pauze nemen en wat drinken bij Ezra & Gil. Ook een hele mooie tent en super druk. Daar kocht ik een potje thee voor £2,50 waar ik wel drie kopjes uit kon halen! Richella had een grote kop koffie gehaald. Na de pauze gingen we door naar China Town, wat niet heel bijzonder was maar we zijn er geweest! Vervolgens gingen we naar de Manchester Art Gallery. Allemaal mooie kunst en er was zelfs een ruimte voor de Nederlandse kunst haha! Toen we klaar waren gingen we buiten ergens lekker op een bankje zitten, en natuurlijk begon het precies toen te regenen. Richella trok snel haar paraplu uit de tas en daar konden we even onder schuilen. We hebben lekkere pizza gegeten bij de Pizza Hut en zijn daarna richting het hotel gegaan. Even een powernap gedaan, televisie gekeken en nog wat woordzoekers gemaakt. In de avond gingen we zitten in een bar in The Northern Quarter genaamd The Fitzgerald. Ze hadden daar fijne muziek en het was daar helemaal ingericht in Peaky Blinders stijl, dus ik was al helemaal fan. Richella heeft een cocktail gedronken en ik zat aan de cola (lang leven 17 zijn 😝). Toen we uitgekletst en gedronken waren gingen we weer richting het hotel. We gaan zo lekker naar bed. Ik heb het hier super naar m'n zin en heb nu al zin in morgen!Read more

  • Day1

    Manchester dag 1

    August 3 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Hello love,

    Vandaag zijn we naar Engeland gegaan! Om 05:40 ging de wekker en rond 06:15 zat ik met papa in de auto op naar Schiphol! Op Schiphol zien we al snel Richella en haar ouders. Samen nog even de ponden ophalen en de grote koffer ingecheckt. Al snel moest ik afscheid nemen van papa en Richella haar ouders. Nadat we soepel door de douane zijn gekomen hebben we nog een veelste duur saucijzenbroodje gegeten en huppelde we snel naar de gate. Met een beetje vertraging zaten we al snel in het vliegtuig, Richella bij het raam en ik kon gemakkelijk mee spieken vanaf de middelste stoel. Na een gemakkelijke vlug waren we geland in het o zo mooie England, Manchester om precies te zijn. Snel mijn horloge een uur achteruit gezet en de koffer weer opgehaald en we gingen door naar de trein. We zaten nog maar net en we werden al gecontroleerd, dus ons kaartje hadden we niet voor niks gekocht. Na zo'n 25 minuutjes kwamen we aan bij station Manchester Piccadilly. Snel door naar het hotel, inchecken, spullen dumpen en op avontuur! We hebben een hoop rond gelopen in de stad, koekies gegeten, veel leuke winkeltjes gezien en nog ergens lekker wat gedronken en nacho's gegeten. Giga geweldige schoenen gekocht, naar een hele oude bibliotheek met een expositie geweest en daarna nog wat lekkers gehaald bij de Mac Donald's (ze hebben daar veel meer andere dingen dan in Nederland, oneerlijk!). Daarna zijn we rustig naar het hotel gelopen. Nu zitten we beide in onze veelste warme kamer, zit Richella rustig op haar telefoon en aanbid ik mijn nieuwe schoenen. Morgen weer een nieuwe dag, zin in!Read more

  • Day102

    Up North - Manchester, Ruhrpott Englands

    November 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    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 ;)

  • Day5

    Manchester

    June 2, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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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  • Day147

    Day 147: Travelling and a Reunion

    July 12, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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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  • Day14

    D14 England - Tatton Park

    July 18 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Anthony was nothing short of excited... today was his return to the world of plants and English show gardens - the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.

    Nigel, Anthony’s old boss and mentor from RHS Wisely was running the retail operations at Tatton Park and was able to secure us tickets to the show. On our early arrival, the security guard refused our entry, and so with Nigel’s charm, we were able to get photo security passes made up which provided us with unrivalled entry to the show for the day as volunteers.

    We spent the day wandering around the show, avoiding the light drizzle at times but remaining optimistic that the sun would shine. A few insights from the day:
    1. The capacity for the general public to use the meta language of gardening is impressive. They simply know their stuff.
    2. The show is unlike Chelsea which is primarily for world class displays. This show is all about selling garden related paraphernalia. It’s big business.
    3. The metal workers are all competing for business with delicate constructions of foxgloves through to highland cows (aka coos).
    4. Old people and their plastic crate trolleys, all hepped up on an aggressive desire to score a rare Hydeangea with black stems, can be a dangerous thing to get yourself caught up in.
    5. Anthony really is a plant geek.

    We left the show late afternoon and spent the following three hours stuck in traffic as we navigated our way to Darley in the Yorkshire Dales. Here we ate a classic pub meal with old friends (Nige, Jo, Pam), before hightailing it back to Manchester (completed with a twilight tour of the Yorkshire Dales).
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  • Day150

    Day 150: Exploring Manchester

    July 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    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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