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    • Day2

      Day 2

      April 19 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

      Traveler

      Good to hear that you enjoyed your first day at the language school. (A gym membership can certainly help digest the extraordinarily healthy English food!)

      4/20/22Reply
       
    • Jun17

      Queer As Folk 🌈🕺🏼💃🏼🎉

      June 17 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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      Hi what a very colourful place to have a night out and how nice to see drags singing with their own voices. I think that is so good and something that I haven’t seen since Patches in Sydney years ago and then only a few. It’s very very natural that you are going to have ups and downs and that you could feel quite low at times. You have been and are on such a roller coaster you really have and it’s bound to shake your emotions quite a bit. I can’t believe that you have managed to post what you have for us all to enjoy, that my friend is incredible give yourselves a bit of credit you so deserve it. And please don’t beat yourself up, your doing alright you really are.

      6/17/22Reply
      Traveler

      Awwwww thanks 🙏 Rod! I’m glad to be brightening your day and hopefully a few others… I like to tell it how it is and I never pretend things are better than they are… Some people make their life save like a fairytale… Sometimes it does seem like that I’m in the real world we certainly do have ups and downs and that’s just called living life! 🕺🏼✊🏻☀️🥰

      6/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      I’ve never known you to be anything than honest and sincere it’s why I liked you the moment you stepped into my home. Allowing us to share your journey with you has been a honour and so much joy to be seeing what you are seeing through your lens has been amazing and I can’t thank you enough what you have written has been skilfully done and very interesting and I’m not just saying that, thanks.

      6/18/22Reply
      Traveler

      🥰🥰🥰🙏🙏🙏

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    • Day3

      Market Street, Manchester, M1 1PN, Unite

      April 20 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

    • Day109

      Counting mistake

      July 8 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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    • Jan22

      Extra foto’s Manchester🐝

      January 22 in England ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

      Wat meer info over Manchester:

      Binnen in de cathedral kun je veel kleine engel vleugels zien hangen. Dit staat symbool voor de aanslag in 2017 tijdens het concert van Ariana Grande.

      https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/manchester-staat-j…

      Daarnaast zie je op verschillende plekken in Manchester een bij staan🐝 Hier kun je meer lezen over waarom de bij het symbool voor de stad is.

      https://breinwekker.blogspot.com/2017/05/waarom…
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    • Jan22

      Manchester🦋

      January 22 in England ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Vandaag zijn we met een groepje een dag naar Manchester afgereisd. Dit stond zeker nog op mijn lijstje om te doen! Het was erg gezellig en Manchester is een leuke stad😊

      De wandelroute:
      -Printworks
      -Corn Exchange
      -Cathedral
      -Shambles Square
      -Royal Exchange Theatre
      -Saint Anns Square
      -Town Hall & Albert Square (volledig onder constructie)
      -Central Library
      -Cenotaph
      -Art Gallery
      -Chinatown
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    • Day275

      Manchester

      October 6, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Heute sind wir mit Sämi den letzten Tag zusammen in Manchester. Er wird am Abend mit dem Bus wieder nach London zurückreisen. Wir essen das Frühstück wie immer im Wetherspoon, dieses Pub ist heute Sonntag voll, ja übervoll von Leute.
      Am Nachmittag schauen wir eine alte Bibliothek an und sehen auch die Fernsehstudios von BBC.
      Wir essen wieder in einem chinesischen Restaurant. Bevor Sämi abreist, trinken wir in einem Quartier „der Schwulen“ draussen noch miteinander ein Bier. Dann müssen wir uns leider von Sämi verabschieden. Andy und ich bleiben noch bis Dienstagabend in Manchester.
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    • Day22

      Manchester

      August 8 in England ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Mein nächster Step war Manchester. Als großer Fußball Fan konnte ich mir es nicht entgehen lassen eins der großen Fußballstadion anzuschauen. Gerne hätte ich mir auch das Trafford Stadion angeschaut, welches „nur“ 7,5km vom Etihad Stadion entfernt war, jedoch hat mir dann doch die Motivation und Zeit gefehlt mit meinem ganzen Gepäck dort hinzulaufen.
      Positiv viel mir besondere auf, dass im Zentrum die Busse gratis sind (leider nicht in Stadion Nähe). Generell was das Thema öffentliche Verkehrsmittel angeht, kann Deutschland noch einiges von Groß Britannien lernen…
      Auch sonst hat die Stadt einiges zu bieten, so konnte ich in schönen Parks mein Neu gekauftes Buch lesen, viele second hand shops besuchen und entlang der Gewässer spazieren gehen. Besonders die ganzen Studenten, geben der Stadt ein ganz anderen Vibe im Vergleich zu den anderen Städten, die ich bisher besucht habe. So ist diese im Gegensatz zu Leeds stets belebt. Dazu später mehr….
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    • Day116

      Manchester

      June 30 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Irgendwie hatte ich mehr erwartet 😅 eine relativ chaotische Stadt, die zwar nicht hässlich ist, aber auch nicht sehr viel zu bieten hat 🤔
      Die Manchester Cathedral war ganz hübsch, interessanterweise mit Cafè drin 😅Read more

    • Day272

      Manchester

      October 3, 2019 in England ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      Gestern sind Andy und ich am Abend von Basel nach Manchester geflogen. Um ca. 0:30 sind wir dann im Bahnhof Piccadilly angekommen und da kommt uns auch schon Sämi entgegen. Er ist mit dem Zug von London angereist. Wir freuen uns sehr, ihn wieder zu sehen. Bis zum Sonntagabend verbringen wir die Zeit mit ihm in Manchester. Heute musste er hier noch arbeiten. Andy und ich haben das grosse Museum angeschaut.Read more

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