In the end alcoholic drinks were started as close to 12 as possible. Else and I spent the morning wandering the Northern Quarter before heading to Slice pizza for an excellent slice of pesto pizza and an aperol spritz.
We then took the tram to Didsbury where we bought some gins in tins before walking to one of Else’s friends’ flat. We chilled for a little before being joined by some more of her friends, buying some snacks and driving to Fletcher Moss park where we spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine. After the sun disappeared and it started to cool down we went for some food before going to some of the boys’ house where the plan was to play board games but after quickly falling asleep we decided it was probably best to return to Else’s. We spent the evening watching A Knight’s Tale while laughing at how ridiculous it actually is.
We filled Sunday with culture and spent a few hours at the Manchester Art Gallery before stopping for some lunch at the Teacup.
We then walked around Josh Ryland’s library before heading back to Else’s for some gin – we made it 3 which seemed like an achievement after Saturday.
We drank and listened to music on Else’s balcony before meeting some of her friends again for a drink and some food at Almost Famous. Else and I decided to share a Big Bitch which the guy who served us seemed to think would be too much for us – it wasn’t.
We returned home and continued gin drinking and spent the evening watching 50 Shades while again laughing at how ridiculous the film is and repeating Jamie Dornan’s lines with a Northern Irish accent.
I woke up on Monday feeling a little worse for wear but after some water, a shower and a bagel I was feeling better. We had planned to visit Chetham’s library but after it was closed when we arrived we decided to go for some lunch at Pita Pit before wandering around Waterstones – 3 floors and an absolute dream – where Else bought a few books. We then returned to Else’s where after she had a little nap, we drank a bottle of glorious bottle of Rioja and Else made a pasta bake. She then introduced me to Black Mirror before I introduced her to Raised by Wolves – amazing TV, excellent wine and glorious friends make for a perfect evening.
We got up early on Tuesday as I had to catch my train and Else had to go to work. The train journey was pretty quiet and it passed quickly while listening to music and watching more Skins. Rebekah collected me from the station with Mamie and after driving home I watched a little Zootropolis before unpacking and repacking my case ready for a few days in Newcastle with my Mam. Once my Mam and Dad were both back from work we set off where we checked into our hotel. We then set off for the Hilton where we enjoyed a G+T before our meal. After we’d finished eating we headed round to the meeting area and stood in the queue waiting to meet Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy AKA Boyzlife.
They were lovely and after grabbing some seats close to the middle and not too far from the front we decided to start again on the drinks and bought a bottle of prosecco. They wouldn’t let us bring the bottle in so Mam had to keep going out for more – pretty sure we ended up with an extra 2 glasses as Mam was convinced there was too much out of the bottle before he cracked open another. The singing wasn’t perfect but the stories were funny and the atmosphere was excellent.
After the show was finished I was also able to meet Val from Emmerdale – she loved my blouse and i am defnitely as drunk as I look in that photo – before we walked back to the hotel.
After getting up on Wednesday we walked up to the Alchemist for an excellent breakfast of waffles, bacon and maple syrup with a cup of tea that was served with dry ice.
We then had a wander through Eldon Square before heading to the cinema to see Beauty and the Beast – absolutely joyous, loved it. We went to Pret A Manger for a little lunch before Mam went to get her hair cut and I went to the Laing Art Gallery for a Quentin Blake exhibition. It was full of original Quentin Blake illustrations, had tables for children to draw their own stories and had a corner full of armchairs and loads of books written and illustrated by Quentin Blake – it was perfect.
I would highly recommend Michael Rosen’s Sad Book, so heartbreaking but so beautiful. Once back in the hotel I showered and got dressed and we walked to the Slug and Lettuce for some food before walking to the Sage ready for Aljaz and Janette’s Remembering Fred – despite a technical glitch where half of the lights stopped working it was glorious. We took the bus back to the hotel and very quickly fell asleep.
We got up on Thursday and after packing our stuff together, we checked out of the hotel and went to Cafe Rouge for pancakes for breakfast before walking to catch the bus home. I then spent the rest of the day catching up on TV and trying to nap the day away.
On Good Friday my Dad and I ventured down to Saltburn. We played on the 2p machines and won enough tokens for a How to Train Your Dragon bubble wand and a green ring – definitely worth it. We then walked along the pier, blowing bubbles all over the beach before having excellent fish and chips and getting an ice cream to eat while walking back to the car.
We then spent the rest of the afternoon binge watching the West Wing.
Today has been pretty chilled out and after a trip to see my Grandma and Grandad to wish them a happy anniversary and spent a good half hour sitting on Snapchat with Aodhan and Joe. I’ve then spent my evening watching Sister Act and Moana.
This week has been exceptionally busy but so worth it and absolutely excellent – definitely going to need to detox once I’m back in Vigo next week!