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Yesterday’s goal was to be free. Being ninks, we are developing our abilities to scout out free stuff and make the most of it. Thanks to some tips from Andy, we had a good crack at it!
First stop was the free (donations welcome) People’s History Museum, where Simon clocked on – but then forgot to clock off. He is going to be paid some serious overtime, which will hopefully fund our continued travel adventures! Next museum on the agenda was the free (donations welcome) National Football Museum, because even though I don’t care much for soccer/football/calcio/men chasing a round ball and pretending to be injured all the time, I respect that it’s a big part of life here. And I was pleasantly surprised. The first surprise was the man at the door who asked where we were from and then revealed that he had played for Altona when he was younger. Yes, Altona in Victoria, near Werribee. The next surprise was that I quite enjoyed the museum! I just skipped the boring bits and found the things that were interesting to me. Needless to say, Simon liked it all. Especially the room at the very top with aaaaaaaaaaaaall the playstation/Nintendo/computer games ever made relating to football.
Lunch was very nearly free - £6.50 from The Co-op. Winning at life. The man who sold us our bargain lunch asked if we were ‘in Manchester for the weekend’ – where on earth did he think we had come from?! He was on for a chat and the whole experience of cheap lunch and friendly staff was thoroughly enjoyable.
Next stop – free (no donations required) bus around the city. Probably should have paid for a bus that was going to follow its specified route, but nevermind. We enjoyed the free warmth provided on the bus.
Roman Fort – free, but not worth paying for. Some people were using the area for free housing. Damn it would be cold living in a tent in Manchester.
We got to Salford Quays using free public transport (our legs). This was probably not the best move as it meant that we didn’t get there in time to appreciate Media City UK or the Imperial War Museum or pretty much anything else. But we got free exercise, and saw white swans, so not a total loss.
Dinner was at The Wharf, a mere 5 minute walk from the church. Not free, but so very good. Warmth – check. Somewhere to sit – check. Something delicious to eat – check. Something to drink – check. Friendly staff – check, check and check. Simon described his bangers and mash as “giving him a hug from the inside”. I can’t compete with that level of metaphorical beauty, so I’ll admit defeat and just say that my chicken, ham hock and leek pie was delicious. Mmm. Pub meals, but better.
May there be many more free (donations welcome) kind of days to come!

Posted by Buccas 00:54 Archived in England

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