Like Moccona coffee, Manchester has more Mmmmmmmmm
Trip Start Apr 13, 2014
80Trip End Sep 03, 2014
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From where the bus stops in the centre you can walk in any direction and find another part of the town that you were not aware of and that has a very different look and feel to all the other places you've seen. Even the map, that the information centre hands out, divides the city/town into 10 different colour coded sections or zones.
In the sunshine Manchester has a strange beauty and vibrancy. The Victorian? buildings look like they should be seen looming out of a heavy fog or on a misty moor. It is like seeing a beautiful woman in full Goth makeup and regalia on a hot and bright sunny day at the beach
I am slowly becoming aware of the history of Manchester. It is a rich history which mirrors the growth of Britain during the time of the industrial revolution and the struggles and difficulties that ordinary people had gaining access to all that we nowadays take for granted.
Yesterday I discovered the Museum of Science and Industry, and spent hours walking around less than a third of the site. I intend going back for more and find it fascinating. I have no doubt that there are enough places and things to see like theatres and Art galleries and Museums to keep me occupied for an interesting few weeks. What I didn't expect was to become aware of the fact that this part of the world holds the history of my ancestors, and how realising this would affect me so quickly and so deeply.
The history of Manchester is the history of my tribe, my people, and it is something I didn't even consider when I arrived here. There are times it is a moving and emotional experience, and the feeling that I have come home will no doubt become stronger when I visit the places where I grew up. Meanwhile I have reached the part of my journey where I feel that it's ok to put my feet up and relax more often than I have in the past few weeks. For this reason I might not be doing as many entries as I did in Spain and France. We'll see how it goes...