I didn’t manage to post last week at all—sorry if Slice of Apple Cake went a bit stale. I disappeared because I was away in the UK! I’ve just come back from a school trip, and I had a really good ten days eating good food and pounding down the streets of England in the chilly weather.
The route was like this: London Heathrow Airport → Manchester → Leeds → Oxford → London. We spent a day each in the first three cities, and then the remaining six days in London.
The first blog post will be about Manchester!
Our flight left at about 1am, so I was sleepy and completely buzzing at the same time. And then on the plane they served us dinner at two in the morning, which made it even weirder. But it was a good supperI didn’t sleep much during the 12-hour flight, so I watched a lot of movies instead (at least I saved some good money on cinema tickets).
As soon as we landed in Heathrow we had to catch a train to Manchester! Since it was too much of a hurry for a proper lunch, I got an almond croissant from a pastry shop at the station. It tasted like a dream
You need to see the soft doughy inside so be my guest and have another picture. I would really much rather let you eat the real thing but it’s 7,000 miles away.
I can’t remember the last time I ate a croissant (that wasn’t out of a plastic box on the shelf either); this was fresh and flaky and pillowy soft and completely deserved the honour of being my first gastronomic affair in the UK.
After spending three hours on the train—we played games and saw lots of cows and sheep—we arrived in Manchester! The sky had gone a bit gloomy, but at least it didn’t rain (yet). The first stop was Old Trafford Stadium
I’m not a Manchester United fan or even much of a soccer follower, but my dad is a huge fan so there must at least be a trace of it in my blood or something because I felt oddly excited when I went in (and not just because I visited the players’ dressing room).
I was genuinely interested in the trivia and history of the club, so I had a nice stroll in the museum and bought my dad a Manchester United mug with his name on it later on in the gift shop
It was a good tour of Manchester United’s home stadium!
After that was dinner; the first day’s meal was provided for us so all fifty-odd students packed into Nando’s and ate chicken and chips. I’m not much of a chicken eater, but the chips were really good.
The next morning we were still in Manchester!
Breakfast was provided by the hotel we stayed in, and it was a little buffet-style English breakfast menu. It was an indulgence to get to eat so much in the morningGranola is one of my favourites so I had it almost every day, sometimes with scrambled eggs or a croissant and jam. Yum.
We went to the National Media Museum, where we looked at retro arcade games and played around with the film equipment on exhibition (being media
nerds students and all).
While waiting at the gift shop I saw this shelf full of sweetsI always think traditional English sweets are adorable, so I bought quite a bit during this trip. The packaging alone is enough to make me sweep them off the shelf; they make great gifts.
That was the end of our Manchester stay! Apart from the Old Trafford and museum visit, we didn’t really do much (Nando’s is hardly a tourist attraction) and the city was kind of sleepy when I was there, but still nice and peaceful. The houses and streets were pretty, and that alone’s enough for me
Next stop: Leeds!