“i felt you and i knew you loved me”

Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post about Liverpool, when I walked into the Cathedral I was absolutely blow away by how breathing taking it was. I knew immediately once I stepped foot inside there was no way that a picture would be able to do it justice.

So rather than attempting to take photos of the whole thing I figured that it would be a lot more meaningful to capture the little moments I experienced when inside. I think that these moments really capture the essence of the Cathedral. Although they aren’t grand, they are detailed and focused, as was everything inside.

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It truly is the sum of the parts that make the whole.

Enjoy.

~meesh

hey jude

In seeing that I just got back from a day trip to Liverpool, it’s only fitting that the title of this blog post is my favorite Beatles song, Hey Jude. Although my friends and I were too cheap to pay to take a Beatles tour or even visit the Beatles museum, Liverpool is still their birth place….so I basically had to title it as such anyways.

IMG_3677Photo: The Beatles in Jelly beans….I could just eat them up…L.O.L.

Liverpool was more beautiful than I thought it would be, but maybe that’s just because I never been there before or that the sun was shining and was just beautiful day out to begin with. Being that it’s on the coast it was really nice to see water again…but the wind on the other hand was not so nice. I guess it’s debatably┬á(just made that word up…) the “windy city” of England.

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Photos: On and around the Albert Dock

Most of the day was spent visiting different places around the city, aka wandering around until we found something cool to look at…seriously though, no point in looking at a map because you can’t find have the street signs and it just doesn’t make sense.

IMG_3607 IMG_3605 IMG_3616 IMG_3601 IMG_3619Photos: Around the city center.

We started on the dock, and naturally bought our souvenirs first, OMG I even found a push penny machine and I almost cried tears of joy because I collect them. Then we walked down to the Tate museum that was featuring a Andy Warhol exhibit which was really cool, but you couldn’t take pics inside…..ugh.

IMG_3453 IMG_3666Photos: Ticket to see Andy & this kick a** chandelier that was in the museum foyer…I literally want one for my house…srysly.

From there we just kind of wandered…we wanted to get some lunch so we just walked around until we found something cheap. And because we didn’t pay to do anything Beatles we wanted to go visit the Cavern Club which is where they got their start, it was a bit like ‘dazed and confused’ trying to find the place but we did, so I guess you could say we did the Beatles thing….

IMG_3595 IMG_3588 IMG_3593 IMG_3591 IMG_3581Photos: The Cavern & Matthew’s St. where it’s located.

Our last big stop was the Liverpool Cathedral which is the biggest in all of Britain…and getting there, well let’s just say we were definitely off the beaten path…but we did happen to find Chinatown on the way and that was actually pretty cool.

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After we finally found our way, we headed inside….and it was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was so beautiful that I’m doing a whole separate post about it….I think I’ll get it up tomorrow so you won’t see any Cathedral photos in this post….haha…

We did take a trip up to the top of the Cathedral tower and the views were breath taking, definitely the best vantage point. I literally took close to 30 mins taking photos, because I wanted to really take it all in. *Sorry friends for having to constantly wait for me as I take photos and proceed to get in super odd positions to get them…*

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But I think it has been totally worth it.

Enjoy.

~meesh

getting there….

Oh my gosh…I can’t believe that I’m really here.

After a quick flight to Philly we (as in the other U of I students I traveled with ­čÖé ) were anxious to get on the plane and head to Manchester. Although I almost had a panic attack after we were FORCED, literally forced to have our carry-ons checked on the flight to Philly because it was full. And because we got stuck in boarding zone 5, we had no choice….I was basically in tears while I was getting on the plane…(all my luggage it made it so it’s fine).

gt7Photo: Sky Mall mag…I couldn’t resist, it’s just too funny

In Philly we happened to come across a group of Wisconsin students heading to Leeds as well, small world! But let me tell you this was the longest journey of my life. The plane was suppose to take off around 9, but was delayed due to a mechanical issue, lucky for us the let us board before the repair had been logged aka we had to wait for it to be logged before take off. So finally we get the go ahead, but wait….the plane had been sitting at the gate all day and was all icy due to the weather there….so then we had to wait for the plane to be de-iced. By the time we finally took off it was an hour and a half later.

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Since it was a night flight I had hoped to get a little sleep, I knew I wasn’t going to get a lot but I figured I’d be able to sleep off and on….but of course I get stuck in front of an old man who apparently doesn’t need sleep and was playing a game on the screen that was attached to the back of mine. And because it was a touch screen every time he touched the screen I could feel it…so much for sleeping.

gt4Photo: The food was actually pretty good, and you got a decent portion.

Ok, so we finally land, finally and we are all anxious and tired to get off the plane but had to wait AGAIN because the jet air way wouldn’t attach to the plane properly for us to walk from the plane into the terminal. We waited another half hour for them to attach a stairway. All in the flight was supposed to be about 6 hours from Philly and we ended up being on that plane for close to eight. Needless to say we were ready to get our feet back on the ground literally.

gt2 gt3Photos: The clouds looked like the trees from the Lorax, idk why I made that connection and our ending flight journey map.

Lucky for us the journey didn’t end there, we still had to get a train from Manchester to Leeds. And as luck would have it the station connected to the airport was temporary closed because it’s getting a new platform, so we had to be bused from the airport over to the station in the city. The ride wasn’t too bad, it was nice to get to see a bit of Manchester but we stood out like sore thumbs when we got off the bus to walk over into the station because we had all this luggage…

gt1Photo: Train ticket, it says airport because the bus fee was included in the ticket price.

We finally got on the train headed for Leeds and were relieve to be on the last leg of the journey. It happened to be an express train and took less than an hour to get there. We got to see a lot of the country side and hillside towns. It was so picturesque, there was a bit of snow too, so everything looked that much more beautiful under a little blanket of pure white snow.

FINALLY we arrived in Leeds from there we split a taxi over to our residence hall, and I have to say it’s much prettier than I thought it would be. Then again everything here looks like it’s straight out of Harry Potter, there’s red brick everywhere.

gtPhoto: The view from my room, I’m slightly obsessed.

My room is just fine, has everything that I need including a sink and mirror. My flatmates are cool to…one is actually one of the people we had met from Wisconsin on the flight so really same world, one girl is from Holland, there’s another girl whom I only met quickly in passing and another guy from Singapore that I have yet to meet.

gt8Photo: Unknown, but pretty campus building.

It sure did take a while but I got here safe and sound and I’m starting to get all settled in. I have another post in works that should be pretty funny and I can’t wait to see what else Leeds has in store for me and my new U of I mates!

Enjoy.

~meesh

P.S. I will be uploading some picture I took today to my flickr in a bit.

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