“Adventuring in Manchester”
A week ago I went on a little adventure. With the week I had off I was supposed to be going away with my now ex to Majorca, I wanted to make sure I was doing something that I didn’t let it play on my mind. I’ve been so good with shutting things out and not letting them get the better of me, so I didn’t want a week of not having any plans change that. Henceforth, why I went to Manchester to visit my best friend. Being in the city for the week made me realise just how much I needed to be there.
Fiona comes back on weekends so on a Monday morning I said I would hitch a ride with her when she drove back to Manchester before she went to work. I left my suitcase in her car while she went to work. I ventured into the city on my own to get a real understanding of how the city works and where things are. Being someone that lives in the countryside it just baffles me how easy places are to get too. From Salford, I hopped onto the tram and got into the city centre in less than 11 minutes.
This was something big for me. Dealing with anxiety is something I’ve dealt with. Being in a big city I would have thought it would set it off but having so much to see and potentially do, the anxiety was curved. While in Manchester I got up to so many different things. Visiting the city centre was the main one. Visiting the many different museums and galleries on my own was such an amazing experience. Once Fiona had finished work we walked to the nearest bar and had a few drinks in Salford. A bar overlooking the water amongst the city lights.
As well as visiting the city I had some lazy days where I stayed at the flat and caught up on my blog and my favourite tv shows. That’s what a holiday is all about right? Where Fiona is renting there is a beautiful park. I knew I had to go see it. It was like home from home. Although I love the city, I needed a little break away from the hectic life of the city. Walking around the park I totally forgot I was in Manchester.
Meeting new people was something I wanted to do while I was in and around Manchester. So many bloggers I’ve talked too and read their blogs for years lived here. I wanted to meet as many people while I was there to make connections within the blogging world and also meet people I’ve spoken too for a long time. It was amazing to meet people and hear all the encouraging and lovely things people have to say. As well as talking all things blogging. One of my favourite places I was taken too was Harvey Nichols cafe which was so amazing. Somewhere I’d never thought I’d go as I feel I’m not good enough to go somewhere like that. But the view was gorgeous from there. The place itself was just incredible.
While there we decided we needed to go out one night. Have a proper night out in Manchester. With this in mind, we needed new outfits. Heading to the Trafford centre we decided to shop till we dropped. The Trafford Centre is a beautiful and opulent shopping centre with its late baroque architectural. Eating within the amazing food hall which is made to look like a ship. I felt like I was on the Titanic. Staying open late we made sure we packed in every shop to make sure we had the perfect outfits.
SPICE UP YOUR LIFE
With Fiona and I going home on Fridays, Thursday was our night out. Once we got dressed up and we had a few drinks beforehand, we got into an Uber and hit the city. First stop was 20 Stories.
A beautiful rooftop bar with beautiful views of the city. The rooftop was open to the elements which were beautiful as it wasn’t a very cold night and the weather was calm. But the fire pits and heated lamps were an amazing touch. Around the edge of the room was little pods for VIP guests. You had to pay for these but they were stunning to look at. Little pods with flowers and ivy all over them with fairy lights to light up the night.
Whilst there we made friends with these 3 guys who stayed with us most of the night. Lots of laughter, talking and drinking happened. The night was young, therefore, moved onto the next club. I can’t remember the name of the club but it was super lively for a Thursday night. From then on out we danced, danced, danced to the early hours of the morning. Before getting our uber back I spotted something that I wish I had a photo of. THE SPICE GIRLS BUS. It was across the road from the club we had just been in. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I could hear the little Spice Boy inside me screaming. However, Fiona was drunk, I made the decsion to make sure her wellbeing was better than a photo of the Spice Girls Bus.
Manchester was an amazing experience. It has made me realise just how much I’d like to be within the city. With so many things to do at my fingertips. So many amazing bloggers and people that are just like me. So many amazing places to visit. 2019 can’t come quick enough. I can’t wait to be able to have Manchester at my fingertips. Manchester you was amazing!