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On our way back from Ibiza Mark and I stopped in Manchester for two nights to recover and squeeze in a bit more time with our friends. Weeks before I had excitedly flipped through the Manchester section in Lonely Planet in anticipation of our weekend there. I looked forward to seeing Old Trafford, putting on a Man United shirt and maybe visiting the Lowry Museum in Salford. Guess how much of the city I saw?

The inside of two apartment buildings.

And it was great. We hung out, cooked (well, I didn’t cook obviously), we slept, we laughed, and did a lot of nothing. The one exception was the afternoon we spent at the rooftop pool of one of the girl’s apartments. I couldn’t believe that someone my age was able to afford such an amazing place, and I started to see why Manchester is considered preferable by some to pricey London.

It was an overcast day but you can still tell what an amazing view there is.

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 Manchester Underwater

These twins are two of Mark’s best friends from growing up. He considers them family and it was so great to spend the week in Ibiza getting to know them better.

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They are basically the best underwater models ever. Don’t you agree?

underwater portraits

underwater portraits

underwater portraits

I must have made them swim towards me a hundred times trying to get a good shot of everyone. I think they look best as a series where you can see the movement of the group getting closer to the camera.

underwater portraits

underwater portraits

underwater portraits

I am completely incapable of opening my eyes in a pool and thus I am much better suited to being behind the camera. Mark on the other hand manages to look like a supermodel underwater.

 Manchester Underwater

underwater portraits

Victoria is not too bad herself.

underwater portraits

This picture of Mark diving in is one of my favorite photos of the day. Look at that detail!

underwater portraits

 Manchester Underwater

I put the camera in underwater mode while I was shooting, but we were quite shallow. Thus in some of these photos, the colors were super red and looked much better converted into black and white.

underwater portraits

underwater portraits

Others were just right in color.

 Manchester Underwater

So I didn’t see too much of Manchester. But the view was pretty nice from here. Sometimes its nice to take a break from travel and just… live.

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14 Comments...
  • What fabulous pics!!! I think you always look like a supermodel.

    • Alex
      August 24 2011

      Awww thanks Andi 🙂

  • Kathryn
    August 24 2011

    Amazing. Beautiful. Wow. Superlatives don’t do these photos justice. You gotta start submitting some of these.

    • Alex
      August 24 2011

      Gracias! Which one is your fave?

  • Kris Koeller
    August 24 2011

    Love the underwater pics. Well done!

    • Alex
      August 24 2011

      Thanks Kris! You should try it out again sometime.

  • crazy sexy fun traveler
    August 24 2011

    Funny photos 😀

  • Danielle
    August 24 2011

    Really cool photos! I really love this one in particular: https://www.alexinwanderland.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/manchester_013.jpg.optimal.jpg

    What kind of camera did you use?

    • Alex
      August 26 2011

      Thanks Danielle! I use a simple point and shoot setup of a canon powershot 1300 and the associated canon underwater housing. I love it!

  • Globetrottergirls
    September 3 2011

    These photos look amazing, can’t believe you’re using a point&shoot! Really awesome.

    • Alex
      September 3 2011

      Thanks guys! You’ll be seeing a lot more underwater stuff soon…

  • Bamboo Dave
    February 15 2012

    Really nice underwater photos! Shame you never got to explore Manchester though.

    • Alex
      February 15 2012

      Funny you comment on this now, I was just skyping with these Manchester girls last night! I was saying that we absolutely must come back and spend some more time with them there. I’m looking forward to it whenever it happens!

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