Although I couldn’t keep up with the unpredictable Mancunian weather; the cold and the rain (especially the rain), I came to love Manchester during my International Foundation Year. I didn’t like the 12.5-minute walk to school every morning and I hated my 2-hour Economics and Business classes. My teachers gave me way more credit than I deserved. They all seemed to think I studied more than I actually did and my classmates thought I was a genius of sorts. (Haha)
My accommodation was not so wonderful (Never stay at New Medlock House) but it was inhabitable. I hated that my room was close to the street and that some nights; I became a passive listener to the drunken ramblings of University students. In some ways however, I liked my room. It was a safe haven for the days when my Chinese flatmate would decide to have one of her cook, drink and watch-Chinese-series fests with her friends. I miss my Polaroid camera and my other things in storage.
I miss going to Arndale on Saturdays with my friend J and getting my other beautiful friend C to get me cupcakes from Harvey Nichols. I got fat quickly but that’s fine; the cupcakes were good.
I miss the walk back home with J after our Key Skills class. We would talk about how useless Key Skills was (it really wasn’t) and ponder over the topics we had discussed in class; mostly stuff Noam Chomsky had written. We would stop over at Sainsbury’s, Subway, Rice or Nando’s depending on what J felt like getting. She would always try to make me buy a sub from Subway. It was probably her best food place. She was my Asda shopping partner and we always came back with way too many bags. I think we bought a lot of stuff we really didn’t need sometimes. I miss J.
I miss taking random pictures from my window.
I also took pictures of street musicians and random things.
I had never been to Manchester before I chose to go there to study. It was a completely new and different experience and one that I enjoyed. I will always remember my short stay and the fun things I got to experience.
I miss Manchester.