As I write this, I truly can’t believe I’ll be saying goodbye to Manchester in just a few days. The soggy (but also sometimes surprisingly pleasant) weather, the malt-scented air courtesy of the nearby barley breweries… The 3 for £5 jäger bombs at the Students’ Union.
No, really though, despite or… In addition to its unique features and sometimes having wished away weeks of seemingly unending deadlines and exams here, it will be with so much fondness that I’ll look back on my student years in this great city.
Spotted: The Malt-Maker
Like all good send outs and in keeping with the thrilling format of digestible paragraphs, I felt it only right to mark my departure with a bucket list – a lineup of lasts that I will be trying my best to check off before coming to terms with packing… So without further ado!
One Last Curry and/or Pizza
Preferably both shall be achieved! Renowned for its curries, it’s nearly impossible to leave Manchester without investing in one last spicy blow out. Pizza does follow closely behind the smoking tracks of a good ole’ vindaloo though, and some of the best I’ve had have been here. Hit Rudy’s in Ancoats for an amazing Portobello or stray from the Curry Mile and feast on the blissful vegan and veggie friendly street-food-style food at Bundobust just off Piccadilly Gardens.
One Last Campus Photo Shoot
One of the Less Soggy Days…
It’s hard to fathom that once the irreversible process of graduation occurs, (well done) you’ll simply be a nosey tourist or desperate alumnus reliving the glory years at your Alma Mater ‘for the laughs’ *snort*. Save your pride and dedicate one last -preferably sunny- afternoon to taking it all in! We’re lucky to have some gorgeous buildings on campus, both old and new, so enjoy them while you can. Of course, the sensible time for such a narcissistic selfie fest would be graduation, but there’s nothing like capturing that final post exam feeling at the end of your degree!
One Last Night Out
McDonald’s: The all too Familiar Conclusion to a Night at Revs de Cuba
It almost goes without saying that one last night out on the town is a must! Over 21’s treat yo’ selves to a sophisticated evening at Albert Schloss, or go vintage and return to the sweat-clad walls of Factory for old times sake.
One Last Night IN with Friends
Just as important, and a lot more budget-friendly, a final night in with friends should be ticked off too! Sit in, chat and relax or furiously fashion some traditional Japanese cuisine!
One Last Magic Bus Journey
Despite bus-ing quickly becoming one of the more expensive ways to get around town, the Magic Bus remains a faithful steed to us all. Take one final voyage on one of the ole’ gals just to see the look on someone’s face (preferably someone unfamiliar with Manchester’s transportation services) when you describe a vehicle they can only imagine resembles the night bus from Harry Potter.
One Last Good Deed
Whether it’s a karma-increasing exercise or simply a genuine good deed, there is so much opportunity to do something positive and give back to the community!
From the ‘Give it Don’t Bin It’ campaign and the textbook donation scheme on campus to simply handing someone on the street a sandwich or signing up to become a regular blood donor, the impact to made is never far away.
So there you have it, a list of Mancunian lasts! It’s been a great, until next time Manchester!