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Manchester and Liverpool

Truthfully, I didn't do all that much in Manchester. The one thing that I did worth mentioning was the John Rylands Library. It is a really old library and the type of architecture is Victorian neo-Gothic, if that means anything to anyone. It was a really beautiful building and I really liked just walking around. It's been compared to the library from Harry Potter so I thought that was pretty cool. Below are a few pictures from google of the library because it was pretty dark inside and all the ones I took turned out pretty bad.
The highlight of my time in Manchester was when I ended up in Liverpool. I met some people at my hostel who convinced me to go to Liverpool with them for the European Cup. Liverpool was playing Tottenham (a London team) in Madrid but every Liverpool fan was gathering to watch the game there. So I got a train ticket and an hour later I left for Liverpool. The train ride is only about 35 minutes from Manchester but the train was so packed I didn't have a seat so it felt much longer. It was an amazing game. We ended up watching the game in a pub and it was a ton of fun. Liverpool scored twice, once in the first 5 minutes, and one in the last 5. I learned some of the Liverpool cheers and got to be a pretty big Liverpool fan. Even hours before the game there were tons of people gathered in the streets all cheering and drinking beer. Everyone in the city dressed in red to show their support. It was crazy. I found that I really like watching football (yes, I mean soccer, but I'm in Europe now so it's football) and it's even more fun when you have a team to support. The only game I'd watched before was last year's World Cup while I was in Malaysia. I learned about the history of the Liverpool team and understood how much it meant to them to win. In 1989, Liverpool fans went to watch their team play in the semi-final in Sheffield. Because they were the visiting team they were crammed into 4 pens which became extremely overcrowded. 96 Liverpool fans ended up dead as a result but the blame has never been formally placed on the stadium. It's a complicated situation and I'm sure I'm not explaining it right but the families of the people who died are still very much affected so winning this game was a really big deal for them. I didn't make it back to my hostel until 2am and slept in the next morning. It was a really fun last way to experience England.

Posted by Ilana'sGapYear 03:51 Archived in England

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