Life in Manchester: The Beginning

Our Emirates EK 019 flight landed in Manchester at 7 pm on September 9, 2018. It was a long day. It was the first time I boarded a plane. My wife travelled by plane before, and she kept assuring me. Was it scary? Not really. I was excited – a little more than usual. Now it is the time to talk about it again. Here is my new digital diary for Manchester and the whole new chapter of my life.

We started our journey the day before. It was necessary to take ample rest as my wife is expecting. It took us about 7 hours to reach Dhaka from Sylhet. At Dhaka, we stayed close to the airport. The flight was at 10.15 AM from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. We were supposed to reach Manchester at 07.20 PM local time. There was a connecting flight in Dubai. The transit was for one and a half hour.

At Dhaka, the immigration was a slow process. The immigration officials took their time as we stood in long queues. My wife was a bit edgy. She was pregnant and long queues were disturbing for her.  The immigration officer was speaking Bengali but I failed to comprehend his words. He wanted to see my certificates as I was coming to Manchester for a postgraduate course. The officer was really surprised when he saw that my wife also got a dependent VISA.

There was a big queue for getting on the plane as well. People in our country usually panic and start pushing even when it is completely unnecessary. The plane will wait until everyone gets on. The crowd moved impatiently and that is why the airlines staffs told us to stand in queue partially. Row C and D at first and then the others. I was worried about high altitude. Last year, I went to the mountains and found out my issues with heights. I faced no difficulty on the plane. We were not lucky enough to get window seats, but my wife got an aisle seat which was not bad either. When the plane takes off and the ground becomes smaller by the seconds, it looks amazing. There are couple of cameras in the aeroplane that catches the front and the bottom view of the plane. The technology is amazing. At any point of time, you can check the screen attached to the front seat for information about the flight: the distance covered, altitude, local time, time at destination, the orientation of the plane etc.

This is Manchester, we do things differently here.



Cover Photo by Hala AlGhanim on Unsplash

About the Author: Ashraf Ahmed

Ashraf Ahmed is a graduate of English Language and Literature from University of Chittagong. He did his MA from Leading University. He pursued a career in information technology.


  1. Very well enough writing skill you have, dear brother. Alhamdulillah. I hope you will post the ins and outs of the journey of your life InshaAllah. I want to stay subscribed with it, how could I? Please show me the path of subscribing. Thank you, brother.

    1. Thank you very much. I have not added the subscription feature yet. I will let you know when I add the feature.

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