The Mecca of Football and London City

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 Nimai Desai
Program: Bachelor of Commerce – International Business Management
Study Abroad Location: Aberdeen, Scotland

The Mecca of football is Manchester and ever since I’ve been a big fan of Manchester United, I really wanted to tour the Old Trafford stadium. Thus, on the 23rd of May this dream came true. I took a bus from the city of Milton Keynes and went straight to the city of Manchester.

In the bus my excitement was beginning to build up as I’ve seen on TV the address plate of Old Trafford and as soon as I saw it, it was an amazing moment for me. Inside the stadium, I came across the statue of Sir Marr Busby, the person who started the greatness of Manchester United.

I was also able to visit the Trinity of Manchester United which contains three legendary players in English football history: Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law, and George Best. The man who has revolutionised this club into a global phenomenon was Sir Alex Ferguson and there was also a statue of him.

The visit to the museum was also amazing! There were so many trophies, jerseys, profile of legendary players! But the excitement wasn’t over! With the tour, I could see the managers’ conference room, the cafe, dressing room, seating area of all the players and pictures of the original stadium. The megastore of the Manchester United as they call it had so much merchandise of the club, from jerseys, to winter clothing, footballs, accessories, and etc. I just couldn’t walk out of there empty handed having so much to choose from!

Another amazing city I was glad to visit was London! Such an incredible place that most people desire to visit, study and make a fortune! I visited many iconic places such as, Piccadilly Circus, SOHO, Trafalgar square, and etc. My first stop was Piccadilly Circus and if not late, I could have gone for shows happening there. This is very common place for film shootings as many of Hollywood movies have been shot there, for instance Fast and Furious 6. From there, I went to visit the Trafalgar square, a complete tourist attraction and right next to the British Art museum. I felt so lucky being able to see one of the top 10 universities of the world, the London School of Economics. While in Scotland, I ended up visiting London City more than once and in one of these visits, I saw Buckingham Palace, the place where the queen resides. I recommend you watch the changing of guards in Buckingham Palace, it’s very intense!

After seeing the changing of guards, I walked around a park named Hyde Park, and then went to a very big luxury store named Harrods. This store has the best quality of everything with the best brands in the world. After roaming Harrods I took a bus to Madame Tussauds, a wax museum containing wax statues of legendary celebrities, actors, ministers, and etc. I had a great time there!

From Madame Tussauds I went to King Cross Station, again for all Harry Potter fans, the entrance to Platform 93/4 is from King Cross Station.

The next day, I saw the Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, palace, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, Shakespeare Global and ended my day at the London Eye – the biggest wheel in the world! It took nearly one hour for the entire giant wheel to finish one cycle! It was long but at the same time, so much fun!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for my final post!

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