On the road again...
Manchester Travel Blog› entry 71 of 87 › view all entries
June 20th, 2008 – by: sarahelaine
I went up on the Sunday so I could spend some actual time there as well as just see the inside of the conference centre. I have a good friend in Manchester - a few, actually - but I stayed a couple nights with Matt. Sunday was a good day, actually; I made all my connections, the train was only a little late, and Matt came to the xstation and helped me cary my suitcase.
On Monday Matt went to work and I finished a spectacularly dull essay on boring things, and went off to the shops once it was done. I needed some shoes for a wedding next week and it turned into a bit of a quest.
See - the kind of person I used to tease. Sigh.
Suitably refreshed, I went to Manchester Cathedral. By Cathedral standards it's tiny. But it is very nice. The stained glass in particular is stunning, especiually the fire window. You don't really get the full effect here, but it's worth a trip if you're at the shops.
On tuesday I went to the hotel the conference had me booked into. Holiday Inns are fine - souless, but clean, polite, and efficient. Salford was not nice. The Holiday Inn is the heart of an industrial estate and I got very lost looking for the post office so I could mail my essay. On the plus side, I did stumble across Salford Lads' club, famous from a Smiths album. People were taking photos outside but I didn't want to stop.
I went out to Dinner in the Northern Quarter in Troff with two other friends, of which more in a proper review. It was a lovely night.
The conference was in GMEx - sorry, Manchester Central, and it is very nice as conference venues go.
Friday the conference ended and I mooched about in Manchester a bit more, feeling distracted. It was good when Matt finished work, and we went for another walk and hung out by the river. Today Virgin trains - bah! - pulled their usual trick, lost the driver, and I got home an hour late. This is why my Carbon Footprint is still so high!
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