So goes the saying. It took far less time than you'd imagine. Zach and Megan had tickets to a Manchester United soccer game and the girls and I thought it would be fun to drive up together and make a day or two of it. Turns out there is a Vegas-style mega mall in Manchester. We haven't been to any sort of mall in a couple years. Absence makes the heart grow fonder....and the memory dim. We freak out in malls. At least in malls boasting 11,000+ parking spots. We found ourselves in a vast sea of humanity pressing in from all sides. Even things the girls had hoped to see were hard to focus on in that crowd.
It took several hours to work our way from one end to the other of what is billed as "The People's Palace" a lavish tribute to retail utopia. We left with one bag between us, purchased just before we left. We will never win any shopping awards unless it is "Most Likely to be Overwhelmed."
This sabbath day finds us happily encircled by beech trees and hedgerows once more.