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Day 5, London

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So, we woke up and went to breakfast this morning here at Kingston University and it was GREAT! The eggs looked and tasted like eggs, the cereal wasn’t a cardboard block and the sausages and bacon were delicious. I think we’ve turned a culinary corner here, folks.
Today the U12 boys didn’t have a game or training, so we, the Williams and the Wilkinsons, decided to hitch a ride with the U16 and U17 teams to downtown London. We held up the bus a bit because we were finishing up our laundry, but they were gracious enough to let us bum a ride. Our first stop was LillyWhites (http://www.urbanpath.com/london/general-sports-shops/lillywhites.htm), a mega soccer store. Yes, we found some things, and no, Peter is never allowed to go in there with his wallet.
In front of Lilly Whites is Piccadilly Circus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picadilly_Circus). This was our starting off point. From there we went through Trafalgar Square (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafalgar_Square) on our way to White Hall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitehall). Here we saw the Parliament buildings and the changing of the guards at the Horse Guards Building (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_Guards_(building).
Next we saw Big Ben (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Ben), the London Eye (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Eye) and the River Thames (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Thames). We had a snack of pastries and gelato back at Piccadilly Circus and then boarded the coaches and headed back to campus. There we had a well-seasoned dinner which even included a SALAD BAR! It was a great day!

Day 5, Chester to London

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Our last morning in Chester, we woke up and did our usual walk around the Roman City Walls. We, of course, stopped off at Starbucks and then had our last delightful breakfast at the university (wink, wink). We had to pack up and load the coaches for Birmingham City where most all the boy’s teams had games. We arrived at Birmingham’s complex which was nice, although the Parent Room only had one bathroom (not so nice). As we were waiting for the boys to change out of their polos and khakis, a premiere league player from Birmingham City (http://www.bcfc.com), McFadden, got into his Lamborghini and drove off. I only saw his silhouette, but his car was pretty nice! Sorry no pictures. We were waiting to get permission for photographs at the time.
Patrick’s team, the U12’s, had a rough start to their game against Birmingham City. They are still trying to get to know each other and I think some are a bit intimidated by the competition. Patrick worked hard at Right Back the whole game and was really proud of how he played. Skill and moves are not highlighted, which is what he is used to. It is a lot of passing and kick-ball. Patrick and his buddy Connor are some of the youngest on the team. It’s a different ball game when your playing with older, stronger, bigger kids. The final score was 0 to 6, Birmingham. We were afraid the boys would be upset after the game, but they all were smiling and asked when we would get to London. My nephew, Zack’s team, the U14s, ending up tying their game, 2 to 2. Way to go, Z-Man!
From Birmingham City, we hopped back onto coaches and made our way towards London. It was about a 3 hour drive, with some of that time spent at Services (rest stop off the highway with fast food). All the boys were so excited to have American fast food, although Patrick ended up getting fish and chips…agian. Lucky for me, they had a Starbucks. As we entered London, we passed Hampton Court Palace (http://www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace/stories.aspx) where King Henry VIII lived at times. From the road it looked amazing. I hope we can visit it.
We arrived at Kingston University and unloaded and got our rooms. This is a very stressful, long process, but was well worth it because we have WiFi in our rooms!!!!! The U12s do not have a game tomorrow or training, so we hope to get around London a bit.