Michelle in Manchester: I Went To A Football Museum? And A Cathedral Straight Out of Sleeping Beauty

It’s finally time for another Manchester recap! I’ve been meaning to write this up for ages, but I just couldn’t find the time or energy haha. I’ve written three posts before, but I only count one as an actual recap and the others more like ‘updates’, but if you’ve missed any:

Greetings From Manchester! // Manchester Week 1: A Beautiful Library and Town Hall and RIP My Wallet I Found The Disney Storeย // A Not So Quick Update From Manchester: I Continue To Be A Cryptid

I just realised that my line break is really appopriate? Like I chose it because bees remind me of Hufflepuff, but it’s also the symbol of Manchester haha

This week classes started. Like I said in my week 1 post, I didn’t have my timetable yet, and I didn’t have it until Thursday I think? I had half my timetable on Wednesday, which wasn’t very helpful. Thankfully all the teachers were super nice and understanding about it.

For anyone who wasn’t following my blog during my very stressful time as I was waiting to find out if I was accepted or just missed those posts, I’m doing my minor in history here. We’re allowed to do something completely different from journalism and as I’ve always loved history, I knew I had to take this chance. Thankfully I got all my four top choices (though all classes were interesting) and I’m following Slavery and Civil War, From Manchuria to Hiroshima (a class about the Pacific War), Women in Power in Early Modern Europe and Vox Pop Every Day Voices From The Ancient World. Women in Power is my favourite, but they’re all incredibly interesting.

me in all my classes

Unfortunately I also got sick this week, but somehow it only lasted a few days? Usually when I catch a cold it lasts longer than that. Despite my cold my friend from the exchange students group and I went out on our free day. We weren’t sure where we were going yet (except that I needed to buy a new hair dryer as there was smoke coming out of the the travel one I had brought from home) so we just looked at the map of the free shuttle busses to see where we could go. She really wanted to go to the National Football Museum and since it’s free I figured why not. Gotta try new things while I’m here right?ย ๐Ÿ˜‚

My mom put a hand to her chest and was like ‘I’m in shock’ when I told her where I went haha. I only took this picture while there (which she found so typical lol):

I mean,,, this is adorable. I don’t really care for the other stuff, but fish playing football?

okay exaggeration I don’t love fish that much but it’s still cute

After that we walked to the Manchester Cathedral, which looks straight out of a fairy tale

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Look at that gate?? Straight out of Sleeping Beauty

me with the Cathedral

The inside was magical too, especially the stained glass. Entrance is free and it’s right next to the Arndale Shopping Center so if you’re there to do some shopping you might as well pop inย ๐Ÿ˜œ

Right around the corner is Shambles Square, of which I had already shared a picture in my week 1 post, but I couldn’t help take another picture as I’m just in love with it.

At Arndale Shopping Center we tried out Nando’s, which I only knew from the memes haha. I really liked it though and we ate there again a few weeks later for lunch. After that I got THE BEST hair dryer like I’m in love?? It’s so strong and fast* and it dries my hair in such a short time? I HATE drying my hair because it takes forever (I have a lot of hair) but now?? I’m actually okay with it??

* Am I describing my hair dryer or a supernatural being lmao

And that was our day! Since I was also sick, was still getting used to things, finding my routine, starting new classes etc. I didn’t really do much else. Also my best friend from back home was supposed to arrive on Saturday, but due to some trouble at the airport she couldn’t fly until the next day, so I didn’t really have any plans for Saturday and just ended up doing some grocery shopping*

* I feel so accomplished and adult-like every time I go out for groceries haha

Next up: the Town Hall again!

Do you like football? Or would you be like me and only like the fish haha. Any pretty cathedrals you’d recommend to me? Have you been travelling lately? Let me know in the comments!

London Day 3 | My Search For Baymax Continues and My Opinion On The Cursed Child

Read here about day 1, a.k.a the day I abandoned my family to stalk a pug and read here about day 2, when we went to the Disney Store and saw Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Part I

Wow look at that another post about London in the year 2017! And probably the last one of 2017 because with my procrastination skills I doubt I’ll be able to write the other two this month haha.

After breakfast we set out to Harrods, but first we stopped so I could take some pictures around the hotel. I only ended up only taking two because my camera malfunctioned. My old camera was really at the end of its life. At times it kept changing between menus without me even doing something, so sometimes it was impossible to take a picture.

Look how charming the area surrounding our hotel was! I was in love

On the metro to Harrods we got a lovely live concert. A few guys with some instruments suddenly boarded and just started playing?? That never happens in The Netherlands. Not that I ride the metro that often but one time a woman just started humming and then that turned into some weird singing/yelling and before we knew it she was telling someone they were going to burn in hell??*

* By then she had already gotten off, so she was yelling it from the platform, but still

So yeah Harrods! Harrods is mostly very expensive, but it looks so festive during the holidays, the toys department is fun and oh yeah they have a Disney store haha**

** It’s not like I’ve already been to a Disney store the day before haha

Okay but seriously, the Christmas department is definitely worth checking out:

Unfortunately my camera ruined my other pictures*, but isn’t this cute?? Though be warned: THE CHRISTMAS STUFF MAKES YOU GREEDY

* Though there is this gem:

I have no clue what is happening here or what I’m doing?? Hiding???

We also checked out the toys department, because like I said, that’s always fun, but I don’t have any pictures and my memory is failing me. I do remember that I bought my Paddington plush there though!

Our next stop was Harrods Disney Store. While smaller than the Disney Store from the day before, it’s definitely charming and worth a visit if you’re there anyway. If only for this cute display:

Brb I’m dying again of cuteness I just wanted to jump in and lie there forever*

* I’d refuse to get up to so if you ever see a headline ‘WOMAN REFUSES TO LEAVE CAR FULL OF DISNEY PLUSHIES’ it’s me

Afterwards we decided to drink something at their Disney cafe, which was Toy Story themed. The prices were a bit much, but I loved their decorations.

Oh no now the secret’s out. Sorry guys, I’ve been keeping this a secret for a while now but… I’m actually a toy. I’ve been keeping this blog up from my own box. All the stories and pictures on this blog up until October last year – fake.

This picture was taken mere seconds before my escape. I now live on the run from all the toy companies, so please keep my secret okay? Just pretend THIS story is fake, instead of all the other ones. Treat it like a joke #keepmichellesafefromthetoycompanies

 

 

 

Okay, so I have NO CLUE what happened next. All I know is that my mom and I split up from my aunt and cousin, because they wanted to go back to the hotel and rest a bit before The Cursed Child part II and I wanted to go to the Disney Store at Oxford Street because it’s the biggest one in London so I definitely wanted to see it. Plus it was my last chance at finding Baymax.

While I loved all the Disney Stores I visited, if you only have the time to visit one I definitely recommend the one at Oxford Street. Not just because it’s the biggest, but also because it’s just so cute and charming.

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LOOK HOW BIG THAT DUMBO IS?? IT’S GIGANTIC. Also that Pua wasn’t for sale #rude but it’s fine I ย ordered one later #didimentionihaveaplushiesproblem

I still hadn’t found Baymax and I had already accepted that I would go home without him* Then I noticed a Dopey plush, which I picked up to take a picture with because he’s always reminded me of my grandfather**

Look how cute!!

* This sounds so dramatic lmao then again I take my love for Baymax very serious
** He too has big ears. I’m pretty sure this similarity is why Dopey has always been my favourite dwarf

Then when I put Dopey back in the pile where I got him from, lo and behold: BAYMAX WAS STARING AT ME

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That photo was taken mere seconds after I found him so that’s not me posing that’s me being over the moon lmao #iwas19

As soon as we had paid (I had also bought a small Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsum bag) we hurried back to get some lunch/dinner and get ready at the hotel before part II of The Cursed Child

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Have I mentioned before how beautiful the theatre is? Especially at night it’s simply magical

If you’ve read the script you know that part I ends with a cliffhanger and a twist, which they implemented in the theatre. There were several decorations and the merch had changed too. They were now also selling a book about the show that featured behind the scenes stuff, which of course they couldn’t sell the evening before because of spoilers. It made a great souvenir so I just had to get it. If you paid a little extra you got a bag with it, and well, I’m a sucker for tote bags and this is Harry Potter we’re talking about.

Also I now noticed that the Snitch nest thing* was also inside the theatre

After getting snacks** we made up our way to our seats again, but while going down the stairs I uh… I fell

This is pretty much what happened?? Except I fell a little further

We had all been paying attention to my aunt, that we had forgotten about clumsy old me haha. It hurt a bit, but I was fine. Though a lot of employees came to check up on me and by the time the manager got there I was starting to feel a bit silly since I wasn’t badly hurt lol. We did make a new friend that way though! The girl who was standing there welcoming people into the theatre, answering questions etc who was the first one to rush towards me as I made my way downtown** was really lovely and fun to talk to. She was so excited to be working there.

She offered to take our picture which was honestly such a blessing because the selfies we tried to take in our seats were… not flattering lmao

* I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT THING IS?
** Or maybe this was yesterday?? I DON’T KNOW. All I remember is me being stupid and being like ‘I’M GONNA FINISH THEM ALL’ and basically eating until I was nauseous :’) why am I like this
*** I couldn’t resist

We talked to her until the play started, speaking of which…

What did I think of The Cursed Child?

It’s been over a year since the script came out, but there are still a lot of feelings towards The Cursed Child, positive or negative. I don’t know how I would feel if I had only read the script, but I definitely understand why people are upset. Are there things I don’t agree with? Absolutely. There was some out of character stuff that upset me, but as you can’t just put a play on pause I couldn’t really stop and think about it, while you can easily do that while reading the script. So what is my verdict of this play? Let’s put it in a list (there will be some minor spoilers!):

๐Ÿ’› All in all, a really good play
๐Ÿ’› As a whole, I don’t see it as canon though
๐Ÿ’› That said, Hermione being Minister for Magic? Albus and Scorpius relationship?* CANON
๐Ÿ’› Harry being a crappy father to Albus though? HAHAHA NO
๐Ÿ’› Seriously what’s with sequels turning the previous protagonist in crappy dads**
๐Ÿ’› THE SPECIAL EFFECTS HOLY WHAT HOW
๐Ÿ’› Seriously the way they portrayed magic?? INCREDIBLE. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but certainly not THAT
๐Ÿ’› The costumes? The set? The music? On POINT
๐Ÿ’› The cast? FANTASTIC. If some characters were (sometimes) out of characters, it wasย not the actors fault. They are all very, very talented and were just working with what they were given
๐Ÿ’› Also all of them had incredible chemistry with each other
๐Ÿ’› The plot line was… kinda weird and I remember after part 1 thinking ‘so THAT’S why people are calling it fan fiction’ but it was fun as a play especially when you decide that this isn’t canon anywayย ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
๐Ÿ’› Not enough Rose. I love the focus on Albus and Scorpius and their friendship, but really would’ve loved to have seen Rose get more depth and development
๐Ÿ’› Despite my dislikes and disagreements, I really loved it and wanted to see it again afterwards

* Well minus the big NO HOMO part I mean those boys are in love????
** Looking at you Legend of Korra why did you do Aang dirty like that

FINAL VERDICT: A good play, definitely worth seeing, but in my opinion not canon

And with that, our main reason for coming to London was over, just like that. It felt so weird as I had looked forward to it for so long, but it was definitely worth it. I’d recommend it to those who hated the script as well, though I’d understand if you wouldn’t want to spend any money on it.

What did you think of The Cursed Child, play or script? (or both!) What’s your favourite play? Do you have a Baymax plushie? Or another Disney plushie? Let me know in the comments!

London Day 1 | One Year Later Because PROCRASTINATION

As I’m writing this it’s exactly one year ago since my last day in London

While the previous school year was ridiculously busy, hectic and stressful for me, I could’ve written these posts during the Christmas holidays. I could’ve written these at the end of each term when I had barely anything to do (except sleep. I needed lots of sleep). I could’ve done it over the Summer. So the biggest reason why it took me so long to actually get myself to finally start these posts is

So this is going to be interesting! How much will I remember? Thankfully I have pictures to remind me and help me keep track of what happened each day (sort of). SO LET’S DO THIS


We left on Wednesday, since we had booked tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Thursday and Friday evening. This meant missing school, which I kind of stressed about back when I booked those tickets two years ago but in the end it was fine – I didn’t miss any obligatory classes ย ๐ŸŽ‰

We left Wednesday in the early morning, meeting my aunt and cousin at the airport. I don’t remember much from what we did at the airport, but I don’t think it was anything special? I do vaguely remember getting a sandwich of some sort that at some point made me nauseous #rip

About to border the plane Snapchat #thatdoublechintho

While on the plane I took a few more pictures, but then I laid down my head on my mom’s lap and closed my eyes for a bit. You’re never too big to lie your head in your mom’s lap*

I also remember candy! Yes I ate mentos to fight that Plane Ear Painโ„ข**

* Though physically I unfortunately am
** Look at me!! Remembering stuff!! *wipes away a tear* I’m so proud of me

When we got off the plane we had to take a bus from EasyJet (I think?) which we had already booked. While on that bus I spotted the happiest doggo

LOOK AT THAT DOGGO LOOK AT THAT SMILE DENTISTS HATE THIS DOG

(excuse me while I figure out the order of the day because my pictures are not in the right order because some pictures were taken with my old camera, some with my phone and some with my mom’s phone)

We had to get off the bus nearby a metro station, where we could take a metro to our hotel, which was in the Paddington area. This meant it was my goal to acquire a Paddington plushie and take pictures with him in this neighbourhood*

* Spoiler: I succeeded.** Also yes I’m only an adult ON PAPER
** Don’t be confused by the gif I didn’t actually put my Paddington plushie on any roofs. BUT I WOULD’VE IF I COULD’VE

After getting all our stuff to our rooms, we decided to find the theatre, so that we wouldn’t have any trouble with it the next evening (HAHAHAHA WE HAD TROUBLE ANYWAY LEMME TELL YOU*)

* Actually I won’t tell you because SPOILER. We’ll leave that for the second post which at this rate will probably go up sometime next year

Seriously though that day it was so easy to find??

Oh but I’m getting ahead of myself, because you know what was right in front of our hotel? A courtyard. And you know what was in that courtyard?

THIS CUTIE

I swear I was more excited on the inside

After finding the theatre, we went to Forbidden Planet which I wanted to visit for two reasons. 1) Fandom stuff!* 2) At the moment I was blogging about feminism and comics for school, and I wanted to see how much merch with female superheroes they had

* I don’t even remember buying anything?? I remember WANTING all the things, but actually buying something?? No clue. Still a fun store though!

Then we just walked around a bit, trying to find our way to Regent Street, but not before stopping at Starbucks. Y’all I never thought it would happen, but it did

I AM NOW PART OF THE ‘STARBUCKS MISSPELLED MY NAME’ CLUB

I am way too excited about this

Anyway, so Regent Street! As we tried to get there, my mom constantly played around with her selfie stick* which um kind of got on my nerves at some point? I’m not proud of this photo

LOOK AT THAT FACE THOUGH. Not amused

* And they say WE are the selfie generation smh

When we finally got to Regent Street, I uh, did another thing I’m not really proud of? Namely abandoning my family. I just… started to walk faster and faster until they had no idea where I was (well they did see me fasten my pace even though they had no idea why)

You wanna know why I did that?

Yep I abandoned my family to follow a pug* like the creepy Pug Stalkerโ„ข I am. The picture is very blurry because 1) My old camera was at the end of its life and 2) I didn’t want anyone to notice because I felt awkward. Clearly paparazzi is not the career for me

* If you didn’t know yet that I’m obsessed with pugs you definitely know now

Once I got reunited with my family though (my mom was NOT amused) our next stop was Hamleys, which is always so much fun to visit (she says like she’s been there a bunch of times instead of two)

So when I first saw that picture I thought ‘AHA! I DID BUY SOMETHING AT FORBIDDEN PLANET’ but then I remembered that I had to carry my mom’s bag so it’s probably hers

TEDDY BEAR AND PADDINGTON. Okay so I know what you were thinking: this is it. This is when you bought a Paddington plush so you could make the Paddington area unsafe with your shenanigans.

Nope. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t buy one and then run into a cheaper one later, so I waited. Patience my friends, the Paddington shenanigans shall happen soon*

* If I actually post about it soon lmao. If I keep up this pace it will be in a couple of years

Okay so this is were my memory gets fuzzy and where my pictures don’t help. I KNOW that at some point we ate dinner, because duh. We needed food (I think we ate at Subway?). I just don’t know when exactly, and if we went back to the hotel first? I also know we ended the day at Primark*

* ย Well technically at the hotel but detailsย  ยฏ\_(ใƒ„)_/ยฏ

And that was day one! I hope I’ll be able to write post 2 soon, before I forget even more lmao. But I’m quite proud of myself. I thought this would be really hard (which resulted in more procrastinating) but I remember quite a bit with the help of my pictures!

Have you ever been to London? Have you been to any of the places I mentioned in this post? Do you love Paddington? Have you ever abandoned your family like that, for whatever reason? Let me know in the comments!