Sometimes it’s sunny in Manchester!

I have now spent over two months in Manchester with only one week remaining. Time goes by so fast and now it’s time that I share some of my experiences with you!

I came here to do the first part of my five month practical training and to get some experience in working in English since I’m interested in international business. I’m working for a big engineering and construction company called M+W Group where I work as a support assistant in the company’s Business Development office. The work has been interesting and challenging and I will come back to Finland with a whole lot of new experiences!

Brought coffee from Finland with me since the English only drink instant coffee and well, no thank you
Brought coffee from Finland with me since the English only drink instant coffee and well, no thank you

Besides from the work experience I like to think I have learned also a lot about myself in this short time. I moved to Manchester on my own, didn’t know anyone, never seen my roommates before and had only visited the city once. Luckily Manchester is a great city to live with excellent public transports and British people are very friendly and helpful. So friendly that you will hear strangers call you “love” and “darling” on a daily basis! The time spent here has given me more confidence and I know now that I can manage living away from my family and friends if needed.

Market Street is the main shopping road in central Manchester with Piccadilly Gardens on the other ens and a huge shopping centre Arndale at the other (Photo by Henna Susi)
Market Street is the main shopping road in central Manchester with Piccadilly Gardens on the other end and a huge shopping centre Arndale at the other. This photo is taken on a quiet evening, usually it is FULL with people (Photo by Henna Susi)

I work from Mondays to Fridays so I’m always free on the weekends to hang out with my friends, roommates or travel. Since Manchester is located in the North West of England it is very easy to travel from here around the UK. So far I have visited London, Liverpool, Chester and Scotland.

Streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited!
Streets of Edinburgh, Scotland. One of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited!
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I love Liverpool! Photo from Waterfront in the city’s harbor

Even though I love to travel and see new places I have spent weekends exploring my home city Manchester. There is so much to do here and places to visit!

Albert Square during Manchester International Festival
Albert Square during Manchester International Festival
Cupcakes in Piccadilly Gardens
Cupcakes in Piccadilly Gardens, yum!

I’ve enjoyed my time here and I would recommend Manchester as an exchange destination for people who like to feel at home even though being abroad.

Cheers!

Johanna

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