Saturday 23 November 2013 – Wednesday 26 November 2013
The train ride was a bit of a journey for us. Supposed to be 4 hours direct from Cardiff to Manchester. Tapi the train got delayed so jadilah 6 jam non-direct train. Penat la haih dalam sejuk-sejuk dah gelap pukul 5pm tu turun lif naik lif tukar gerabak. Kesian kat my mom she was exhausted. Z was okay coz he slept the first half of the journey. IY on the other hand was sleeping when we arrived the destination (tukar train). Agak susah la sikit nak kejut dalam mamai dia tu. Terpaksa angkat dia angkat beg rush turun train segala. *lap peluh*.
But oh well, we survived. Luckily our apartment was very very near the train station. 2 minutes of walking and we checked in. We stayed at Max Piccadilly Serviced Apartments. This apartment ada washing machine so we pulun basuh baju when we were there. By the way, my apartment bookings and research are all from Agoda.
The kids were getting better when we were here. No more recurring fevers just the cough and flu. I was still on standby mode though. Kasi ubat on time and making sure they had their rests.
We went to the Manchester United Stadium Tour (of course!). IY was in awe. Mulut tak habis-habis mumbling Wow! And on our way back I heard he said “this is the best day ever!” Haha!!
Okay another cerita – we took a cab from the stadium in Old Trafford to our favourite restaurant for lunch in Rusholme. Z was coughing and yeah go figure what happened next? He threw up in the cab! Luckily we were in the big black cab where we didn’t have to fold the stroller, just pushed the stroller inside the cab and lock the wheels. So Z was in sitting in his stroller, all covered with vomit. Tapi nasib baik takde setitis pun atas lantai cab tu. *phew!* I still apologized to the driver though. Driver tu relax je, siap kasi tissue rolls lagi.
The next day was spent at Trafford Centre. It’s a huuugeeeee mall in Manchester where Legoland and SeaLife are located. Legoland dia kecik je, bukan theme park like what we have in JB or what they have in Windsor. It’s a discovery centre macam ala-ala Petrosains gitu. SeaLife tu macam Aquaria. The kids had fun at both places. It was indoor so tak sejuk lah kan. Sebab tu la suka. Mommy pun suka sebab less exposure to the harsh weather. After that we masuk the mall for some shopping, lunch and solat. Ada prayer room inside complete with tempat wuduk. Very convenient.
Manchester has a special place in our hearts. We spent the early days of our married life here. We actually berangan nak pergi balik to our old neighbourhood where we used to live. But it didn’t happen. Tak sempat lah. Nak pergi shopping kat Arndale pun kena bergilir-gilir. Apatah lagi nak pegi Whalley Range. But we did lalu part of the hood masa on the way nak pegi airport time balik. We were in the taxi masa tu. We saw the Alexandra Park where we used to stroll and the football field where hubby used to play footie with his uni mates. Oh memories!
Here’s one last story – during the checking in and security, Z was drinking his milk sitting on his stroller. They asked me to hand in the bottle while Z was STILL drinking. At first the lady security (Muslim in hijab) asked me to drink the milk in front of her. I said ok sure no problem. Then came her supervisor asking me how old Z is. When I said 2½, he said “Sorry Madam, we have to discard the liquid unless he’s 2 and below.” Maka terbazirlah sebotol susu itu. Oh well, as long as Z tak nangis I was ok. Dia terpinga-pinga je kenapa amik botol adik? Nasib baik dapat balik botol kosong.
So I guess that wraps up our UK travelogue. Hope you enjoyed reading them.
We will surely come back InsyaAllah. Maybe when the kiddos are older and the weather is warmer.