Cari and I woke up early and went on a jog around the Roman City Walls. It was beautiful. We saw all the towers, the oldest horse race course in the country, a Roman amphitheartre, the 1,000 year old cathedral and a portion of the medieval castle. We of course stopped off at the medieval Starbucks on the way back to campus.
After a fortifying breakfast of blandness, we all hopped on the awaiting coaches and went to Manchester, England to tour Old Trafford Stadium, home of the legendary Manchester United football team. The pitch (field) was amazing–so green and perfect. We visited the players lounge and even went into the players changing room (locker room with no lockers). The tour guide let me peek into the roped off shower room. Unfortunately, no players were there. The tour ended in the mega ManU store where it felt like we spent hours and lots of Peter’s money.
Once we got back to the university, the boys had another training session then dinner. Some parents took the opportunity to go into town during this training session and hunt down some food with flavor. We were semi successful…better then dorm food, but still English.
The boys finished off the evening messing around on the fields with teammates. They are starting to bond, loosening up and having a ton of fun. It’s fun to watch Patrick with his new freedom of having his own room with key, getting himself ready for training and going to meals on his own. Tomorrow is their first game. Let the game begin!