Birthday treat in Manchester

Partying at Manchester Mardi Gras 2002 by Dan KarranOver the long bank holiday weekend, I gave myself a birthday treat - a trip to Manchester. I had a great time and got to see a lot of my friends from university, which was cool.

Despite the poor weather at times over the weekend, the city was certainly very colourful as this was the weekend of the Manchester Mardi Gras (more photos coming soon...)

Just in the two months or so that I've been away from Manchester, it has changed dramatically - largely due to the Commonwealth Games I imagine. The amount of open space in the centre has increased a lot and there are now places where you can actually you want to go on a nice day. I wonder how much more it will change in the year that I'm away...

My birthday signifies the end of my teenage years, though I feel no different at all. In fact it takes a second for me to figure out how old I actually am... Does that just mean I'm getting old? Thought so. :)