I arrived at the Manchester Airport at 9 (UK time) on Thursday morning after a long day spent navigating three airports and attempting to entertain myself during a long lay over. After meeting up with Sarah, we headed back home for a quick lunch and then caught the train to Stockport to explore the town and tour the hat museum.
After doing a little shopping, we headed back home to make dinner (bowtie noodles with a red pepper and mushroom red sauce and a fresh salad with balsamic dressing), and watch I Love Lucy.
After a great, and much-needed, night's sleep, we ate a quick breakfast and took the train into downtown Manchester. Despite some key differences, Manchester reminds me of Philadelphia, PA - a bustling metropolis with incredible cultural diversity.
We shopped at several vintage clothing stores, ate at an incredible vegetarian/vegan cafe, and explored city centre (which was great for people-watching).
On my third day in the UK, we took the train into the Manchester-Piccadilly station, and then caught our train to York. It was a gorgeous day, despite being a little cloudy and rainy, so the view out of our window was glorious!
After dropping our bags at Sarah's flat, we went into town for dinner and some sightseeing.
I spent day four exploring the beautiful land around Sarah's flat and getting reoriented. We walked to the park, had a picnic on the bridge, watched people playing tennis, and got ice cream from a canal boat. To top off an already beautiful day, we had a photoshoot in the Stray (details and pictures to come!), and had some delicious tomato and basil soup for dinner.
Ohhh England. I'm falling in love with you.