Oh-la-la the big trip was finally here – I flew on the 21st from NYC to Manchester with a layover in Edinburgh. It was about noon time when I finally got to Manchester and I’m going to share with you what I did/ate during the 2 days that I spent in this wonderful city. This is more like a journal but without the mixed feelings and existential crises happening in the middle of the night… anyway, hope you enjoy!
Since I didn’t have any checked luggage, it was a lot faster to get out of the airport. I took a train from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly which was only 10 minutes away from the hostel that I was staying at, Hatters on Newton Street. I got to the hostel about 2 hours before the check-in time, so after dropping off my backpack, I went around and explored the neighbourhood. Hatters Hostel is located in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, which is a very trendy and cool place full of arts and alcohol. There are many vinyl and records stores as well as creative arts and fashion shops. I was famished at the time so I decided to eat first. To my surprise, there were many vegan café/options in the neighbourhood. After a long battle of internal struggling of deciding where to eat, I settled on Manchester Vegan Café and Wellbeing Centre and had a “classic” English breakfast with a strawberry milkshake. I don’t know whether it was because the meal was that tasty, or because in-flight meals really sucked, I felt like I had the most satisfying brekkie in months, at 1.30 in the afternoon.
After brekkie, I walked around, checked in to the hostel, blah blah blah, the not fun stuff. It was a nice hostel but really really cold. I guess that’s what happens when you can’t close the bedroom window. For dinner, my friend, Stephanie, and I went to the Koffee Pot and decided to have a drink instead. I know, not a good choice, but whatever – their happy hour was from 4pm to 10 pm so why not. We each ordered 2 drinks but we got 7 drinks in total lol. 3 drinks on the house was definitely a very good welcoming gift from the great city of Manchester. After that, I accidentally stepped into this cool café/bookstore called Chapter One. If you ever visit Manchester, definitely check this place out.
The next day, I had brunch with my friend Yi and then got coffee from Federal Cafe & Bar. Then, we went to visit the John Rylands Library and Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, where we got to see cotton making demonstration! For dinner, I had a 3-course meal (I know, sounds fancy right?) at 1847 Vegetarian Café. The food was so beautiful and delicious, 10/10 recommend! My phone pretty much died when I got to the restaurant so I didn’t have my phone/any electronics with me during the entire course of dinner. Just me, a book and the food. It was such a different experience without all the other distractions. But what else is eating supposed to be?
P.S. When Yi and I were walking to get coffee, she asked me what was the craziest thing I’ve ever done? Without much thought, I said it was probably jumping off a cliff to the sea because, you know, I am very afraid of heights. We went along and discussed hers and concluded that it seems like at the moment it feels like crazy, but as time passed, it just got “meh”. Maybe for me, for us, it’s about keep searching for the “omg it’s crazy” as life goes on. The adrenaline is addicting, but maybe the pumping is necessary before you settle down, or maybe you never settle down.
P.P.S. I didn’t get to do much on Christmas Eve because everything is pretty much closed. But I did get wonderful dates & walnut toast w/ fig jam for brekkie and avo salad for lunch at Fig + Sparrow.
Alrighty, that’s most of what I did, well not everything b/c I got lazy as I was writing it. Hehe, until next time XD!