Its 7:00 Am on a Sunday morning I have been up all night, I open my window and take a breath fresh air. I have been in Manchester for more than a year and a half. I am from Pakistan where it rains only in monsoon and when ever it rains you go out get your self wet and enjoy it, special food is prepared its a festive atmosphere. When I was coming to Manchester people were like it rains all the time you will hate it, its always gloomy and so on. My first year in Manchester was rough with my masters and home sickness, and in between those two I never really was able to develop like or dislike for Manchester and its so called Gloomy weather. After my Masters I went back home for two months where winters were just ending and weather was OK ( a bit hot for me but i never left my AC room :p). Now that I am back I have more time on my hands (not my choice, I am unemployed…… yes I am the idiot who came to UK to find a job in this recession that topic would require whole another blog) to evaluate whether I like Manchester and its so called gloomy weather. It started by just gazing out my room window where a lush green lawn would bring smile to my face whenever i see it, the cold weather with drizzle would create an atmosphere which people call gloomy but in my view that was the best weather ( I am from Pakistan we die for days like this) . I had nothing to do so I slept all days and stay awake all night. In the mornings I started gazing out side my window where my green lawn and a bakery and a post office across the road are. ( not making it up I have a bakery Post office and of course a lawn will post the Pics …. ya I know I am smart to rent a house with all the Amenities… got a 24 hour Tesco at 6 Minute walk and a bus stop just outside the drive way Jealous Much. sorry I am drifting again :p). I see people in morning coming to the bakery across the road. I have started staying up all night just so that I can see out side my window from 6-8 AM (for all those who think I have lost my mind may be I have). The calmness, trees, people and the rain made me realize that this is my equivalent of American Dream. I love cold weather, I love greenery, I love Rain and most of all the calmness. Yes I have fallen in Love with Manchester and strangest thing is its the weather that effected me the most.
(I wrote this one year back. Now I have a job but my love for rain and cloudy weather is still there. Ill be going back home for good in a few months and I think ill miss this weather most)