Drinking, Cathedral, Town Hall and cricket
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People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Adam (England)
Arriving back into Manchester we grabbed a couple of beers at Adam's house, before heading off to a Lebanese restaurant in the City centre. Having just come from the Middle East, i must admit that i felt a bit tight fisted about the cost of the food, which was about 10x the price of what we had been paying whilst traveling, and to be honest, the quality wasn't even as good! I think that's one of the biggest problems about returning from cheap countries, realising that a social life in England costs an arm and a leg.
After dinner we visited a number of different styles of bar, and drank some quality beers, ales and lagers.
The following morning we dragged ourselves out of bed to do a bit of sightseeing in the centre. Manchester has undergone a lot of changes in the last 20 years, as it's changed from an industrial powerhouse into a modern chic City. Firstly, we saw The Wheel of Manchester, the City's equivalent of the London Eye and from here we saw the impressive Urbis Exhibition Centre. Nearby was Manchester Cathedral, another stunning example of what architectural gems England produced back in the 15th century.
Exiting the Cathedral, we walked past the Old Wellington Inn, on our way to the Victorian built Manchester Town Hall. We spent a little time looking around this area, before heading off to a large square where there was a big screen set up, to watch the Ashes cricket between England and Australia. A couple of Adam's mates joined us and we knocked back a few pints, lounging in some deckchairs, in the lovely afternoon sun. Sadly we couldn't stay all day, as we had a bus to catch back to Harrogate. It had been a cracking little mini holiday though, and great to catch up with Adam again.