Today I woke up and hung around the hostel until I went to meet Robin, my "Bridging Cultures Program" leader. Her and I hopped on a bus and we to a mall nearby, meeting some of the students who are studying at the University of Manchester. Manchester itself, as I've been told, has the largest student population of any European country, so that gives the city a great feel!
We ended up wandering the mall a little bit and then dropping on by an activities center, which included indoor skiing, indoor skydiving, sledding, golf, etc...
|Sky diving: the last dive. All the other dives had an instructor with a student, showing them the ropes. It was very fun to watch, although it made a few of us lightheaded|
|I will admit, the cruise-like atmosphere made me miss cruises. However, nothing could beat the experience I'm getting right now!|
|They still had TGI Fridays, however|
We then hopping back on the bus and I made my way back to the hostel. I had a quick Skype chat with my mom, which worked out nicely as I got to see her pickled peaches straight from the hot water pot! It was around 9PM. I then went out to a club with a guy who works at the hostel (originally from Vancouver, BC) and two other guys who are studying at Uni of Manchester (from Italy and Germany). We went out to a very awesome dance club, and got in for free with some coupons. It was absolutely amazing. The music selection was perfect, the dancing got hot and it was really fun dancing with the guys! The DJ started the night with some excellent music that I didn't know, but all very dancable songs. Then, as the night progressed he threw in some more American songs, including "Stacy's Mom" (bringin back 7th grade, baby...!), some Kings of Leon, Katy Perry (could have done without, but still singable), etc. There honestly wasn't a single song that I wished would have ended sooner--everything was wonderful! Then, as I was getting tired, they played "Song 2" by Blur, so I told Ben, the Canadian, that we could go right after it. We danced hardcore, then started to leave. At that moment they segwayed into the song "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand, which is a personal favorite. Couldn't leave. Song then blends into "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. DEFINITELY couldn't leave! Danced and sang. Surely, this was the last song. WRONG. Stomp stomp clap, stomp stomp clap...WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU! Really DJ? You put on Queen when I'm really trying to leave? Of course I can't go now! I sort of started giving up on my attempt to leave, especially when the song "Little Lion Man" by Mumford and Songs started right after. However, we made our exit during it, and got to hear the end as we grabbed some water for the walk back.
Anyway, it was altogether absolutely lovely. My theory is that if you go out dancing, your jet lag will be killed almost instantly. Not only are you getting the physical exercise, but it also helps you to stay awake until the time that you should begin sleeping.
Keep this in mind.