i had forgotten that manchester was bombed by the IRA in 1996. then i wondered if i had actually forgotten, or just tried to not remember. the cathedral was damaged quite badly by the blast. it's a beautiful building and was so peaceful to be there.
having never been to the city the plan was just to wander about until i found something interesting. there was no lack of interesting places, so there wasn't. after finding a running shop, adidas, nike, a bookshop, and a coffee shop, i was sussed for the day. the local market helped me out with fresh bread and goat cheese.