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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.
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Day Two, Chester England

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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!