I spent a large part of this weekend in Manchester with Gordon, Matt, Vlad, Sarah, Jo, and Claire because (most of us) were attending the Gogol Bordello gig. 😀
The journey there and back was pretty nice because of the views from the roads we took and the random banter about things like the trip to Latvia, etc.
When we arrived in Manchester I used Google Maps to navigate us to the hotel by searching for it by name. Unfortunately it completely ignored the postcode part of the address and just took us to Trafford Road, of which there are several. When I specified only the postcode we went straight to the right place.
We spotted Vlad at the hotel when we were on our way to the pub to watch the Notts (just to annoy Matt) Forest match on TV. Just as we reached the top of the stairs in front of the big screen Forest scored the first (and their only) goal of the match. 😀 During the course of the match everyone else turned up and we got the drinking underway.
After checking in at the hotel and calling in at a 24 hour Subway we headed to the St James tram stop, where we were delayed by the most useless of ticket machines in the whole world. It refused pretty much every 20p coin the first 3 or 4 times, but then suddenly decided to take it. We got off the tram at Piccadilly Gardens and wandered over to Afflecks Palace for a spot of shopping. I took a beautiful picture of Matt (below) From there we went for more drinks until it was time to head to the gig venue.
Once we had all settled in at the gig venue I got Matt to look after my wallet and Gordon to look after my phone, then I spent the rest of the night trying to get to, and stay at, the front of the crowd. I have the bruises and aches to prove it! Gogol Bordello were absolutely fantastic, just as last time. They know how to put on a hell of a show. 😀 Just before the end of the gig a guy standing beside asked if he could get on my shoulders to watch it, so I thought about it and decided that I would be nice. It’s harder than you think to hold a human adult on your shoulders when drunk at the front of a crowd at a Gogol Bordello gig! 😀
We met back up with Jo and Claire in a nearby pub and had a couple more drinks before heading back to Salford Quays for the hotel. We stopped at Subway (yes, again) on the way back. Unfortunately after a certain time it becomes a drive-through only, so we walked through the drive-through. 🙂
Somehow in the hotel room I managed to miss that there was a toilet. I tried the door, but I thought it was locked. It turned out just to be stiff, but oh well, I wandered around the hotel a bit looking for another one before I discovered this. 😐 I spent the night in the bunk bed above Gordon, which was quite amusing.
In the morning we all met up and Gordon had a bit of a game of Quidditch in the car park with a broom he found in Matt’s boot:
We decided to go to the Imperial War Museum North. The building itself is absolutely stunning. I put together the image below from 9 smaller shots because I couldn’t fit it all in from where I was standing.
The exhibitions were really cool, too. The whole thing was done very well. I even bought something from the shop! It’s a Keep Calm and Carry On poster that I will have to frame and put up somewhere in the house soon.
After that we all headed back home to recover from a rather awesome weekend. 😀
I’m going back to Manchester this Tuesday to see Flight of the Conchords, and I can’t wait!