I would like to share my experience of living in Manchester with you. I can honestly tell you that Manchester has stolen my heart! It’s a beautiful and vibrant city to live in.
If you come to Manchester you will be surprised by how friendly and nice the people are here! You definitely won’t feel lonely in this cosmopolitan city.
On the first day I would recommend spending some time in Piccadilly Gardens and see places near our school. There are a lot of shops here and if you are lucky you can get some nice things on sale.
You will never be bored here. It is worth having a pint of traditional ale in the local pub and experience a true English atmosphere. If you are a party animal you must go to the Printworks with lots of bars and clubs. Another place to spend an excellent night out is the Gay Village on Canal Street. My first time there was one of the biggest “wow” nights ever!
Museums in Manchester are a must. There are quite a few and each has different things on with interesting exhibitions. Visit Manchester Central Library for a deeper understanding of the history of Manchester.
I didn’t use to be the biggest fan of international food. I am Polish and I love my native food but here I totally changed my mind and taste. China Town is an excellent place to try some of the delicious food and experience Chinese culture. The Curry Mile is an excellent place to try good quality Indian food. It is not hard to find places serving Italian, Spanish or Persian food; the international cuisine will surprise your taste buds.
If you are worried about how to get around the city, the Metrolink will take you almost everywhere, and you should try it at least once. However, I normally travel by bus – it will take you anywhere and it is much cheaper. Anyone visiting Manchester should visit Manchester stadiums (Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford), or even buy one of the Manchester City or United t-shirts.
When the weather is nice you should go for a walk to one of the biggest parks – Heaton Park. It is absolutely massive and this year I had a chance to spend 2 days at a festival there. You would be surprised by the size of the Park.
In the Winter season it can get dark quite early, but don’t worry, there are lots of bright and vibrant things to keep you occupied. Albert Square gets transformed into the German Christmas markets, a must-see for food and drink lovers. It is also a great place to buy gifts for your family and friends for Christmas. Spinningfields usually has an ice skating rink and you can hire skates and after all the fun have a hot drink in the Winter Bar next door.
There is so much more to write about Manchester, however, you should come over and check it out for yourself. I am sure that you will have the time of your life here.