My time in Manchester and at UKEC Academy

Hi, my name is Emeline and I live on Reunion Island. I’m currently at business school and for my studies I have to do an internship abroad, so I chose to go to Manchester. Why? Because I like cities with a strong history and Manchester is undeniably one of them. It was one of the most powerful cities in the world at the beginning of the 19th century with the industrial revolution before sinking into crisis at the end of the 20th century and is now experiencing a beautiful renaissance. Famous for its industry, football and music, Manchester was a city which I really to explore.

So, let me tell you about my experience in Manchester; what I liked and what I didn’t like.

What I liked:

A MULTICULTURAL CITY

Manchester is a fantastic place for an international student, what I really like about the city is its diversity, you can find all religions, all nationalities, all cultures and all cuisines.   

AFFLECK’S PALACE

Without doubt the best store in Manchester is Affleck’s Palace, in the Northern Quarter. On four floors, it is a real labyrinth of alternative shops, with original clothes, second-hand furniture, tattoo stands, vinyl records… I’m a shopping addict and it’s hard to resist the temptation to buy.

THE TRAFFORD CENTRE

The Trafford Centre is a large shopping destination with hundreds of shops and with over 60 amazing restaurants. You can taste Korean, Italian, Chinese, Indian, Thai food, or anything you like! In the shopping centre is also an aquarium. You can enjoy other leisure facilities, including a mini golf course, bowling alleys and a cinema with 20 screens. The shopping centre houses the largest food court in Europe and dozens of coffee shop and restaurants.

CASTLEFIELD

The history of Manchester began in this district: Castlefield, with the establishment of a Roman fort whose ruins can still be seen today. It is also the district in which the industry of Manchester was the first to develop the canal.  Today, this area is a pleasant place to walk along the canals. There is even the possibility to go on a one-hour canal cruise. The best way to visit the city!

PICCADILLY GARDENS

I really love this place. I used to come here often to sit and read a book and enjoy the sunny weather on sunny days. It is the perfect place to chill out on a Sunday afternoon after eating a good English meal. If you come in November or December, you can even find the Christmas market and the lights installed by the city, they are just beautiful.

THE NORTHERN QUARTER

The Northern Quarter is a former industrial and working-class district in Manchester. Today this district has become a trendy part of the city centre with many street arts works, superb restaurant addresses, pubs, bars and nightclubs…

There are a lot of things I love about this city; the list would be too long to name them all. But despite everything, there is nothing I didn’t really like about it.  

THE WEATHER

From the islands, I had never experienced degrees as low as 10℃ and certainly not 2℃, it was very strange to me! But despite everything I was able to discover what the cold really is, and I could see a frozen city! Coming to Manchester in December is the best time. The weather is perfect for drinking hot chocolate topped with marshmallows at the Christmas markets.

There is not much I don’t like about Manchester, I really loved this city, I have been able to meet wonderful people both in my professional and personal life. I want to thank all the UKEC Academy team for welcoming me so well.

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