This still feels surreal. Even after a week being on Manchester grounds, I still couldn’t believe that I am living and breathing the dream. This dream that I’ve been chasing for almost a year and fantasizing about my whole life – to study abroad. 🙂
We touched down, dropped our luggage and went straight to register/collect our student IDs in Whitworth Hall. Mixed feelings came over me, I felt overwhelmed, excited, scared, tired, energetic – all at the same time.
Later we headed to the city centre by bus and invaded Primark. Duvet, duvet covers, bedsheet, pillows all packed neatly into paper and plastic bags, we boarded the bus home too. Excited faces can be seen here :
Day 2 went by in a whirlwind, it started with a walk through Whitworth Park to International Core Presentation in University Place. The University of Manchester logos on the wall of the theater made everything felt more real. This is really now my reality.
More shopping in ASDA. They had convenient ‘starter boxes’ where you can buy a set of pots, pans, ladles, can opener all packed neatly in a box. The prices were really reasonable and friendly to thin wallets. My favorite is the £16 box for 4 plates, 4 bowls and 4 smaller plates with colourful polka dots. 🙂
Saw this funny sign along Curry Mile. This stretch of main road has a lot of Halal restaurant. Our favorites are Pepe’s and al Jazeera. We eat there almost everyday because they serve rice and halal meat, it’s almost like an addiction.
We picked Arra up at the Manchester airport by bus on Saturday morning. It was sunny and we were ready to seize the day! We spent most of our time in the city centre getting all the essentials and going crazy in Primark again. Haha. Manchester is hectic, there are so many things to see and do that I seriously think that I won’t be able to see everything in this one year.
I was looking forward to Sunday because I couldn’t wait to join the Campus Tour. I was most excited about walking past the Rutherford building. I remember learning about Rutherford in Physics class in SMK Seri Bintang Selatan. He split his first atom in that particular building. Awesome moment in history. :B
That’s the end of our first few days here in Manchester! Look out for the next post – Induction Week & the Stadium Tour! 😉