If you have been reading the series of Come Fly with Me, you have seen where I go for work and beyond.  I am inviting in some of the Advize Team to collaborate and share their summer trips as well. 

Today we present our Director of Litigation, FWA, Eric Rubenstein and his recent take on a trip to Manchester.  Although he does not enjoy travel to the level of our CEO, he does enjoy a concert so without further ado…

Manchester. It’s in New Hampshire. It’s also in the UK. While we could have gone to the one much closer to home, we chose to get on a big plane and go to the “other” Manchester. A city of 3 million people, and everyone goes to sleep at 10 PM. 

I don’t know if I would call Manchester one of my favorite places to visit, but the people, the food and the weather were certainly great. We went there to the UK and Zurich for some concerts; I really love a live show and seeing some of the most popular bands play live, in a different place is exhilarating.

If you ever go to Manchester, The Ritz is an amazing small venue. Once a dance hall, complete with wooden floors and dim lighting, it’s been repurposed as a music venue. The sound is great, the stage nice and high so you can see the band and the bars are a plenty for setting your whistle. Two cautions though: they drink a lot of beer at this venue (a lot of beer) and the Ritz is small. If you are faint of heart, it gets very packed; and if you are seeing a band that gets the crowd “motivated,” you are on for a ride.  If you are looking for a nicer place, The Botanist is a highlight.

It’s a great walking city, that’s one thing I really liked. There is no better way to enjoy exploring a city than by walking around. Google Maps is amazing for this. If you end up in a city where your native language is not spoken, Google Translate is a life saver. 

From a healthcare perspective, the most refreshing thing was that there was not a single advertisement on television, billboards or any other medium offering to cure my hair loss, sell me a blood test for my vitamin d level, or any other medical service. The US is unique in that regard, and we are inundated with these advertisements. It’s the exact opposite in Europe; you never see such ads-and if they were out there, they were so benign we never saw them. 

By Jeanmarie Loria & Eric Rubenstein