To the Stadium of Light and Beyond

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Nov 29, 2010

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

After a crazy night out in Newcastle and surprisingly not feeling dusty, it was now time to set off and see some sights. So after we picked up our packed breakfasts from our lovely hostel manager we headed off on our own little walking tour.

As designated map reader and tour guide, Mark had the job of walking us around the town that is Newcastle. The first stop on our little tour was the spot where Newcastle actually got its name. In 1080 a "New Castle" was ordered to be built on the high ground overlooking a crossing point on the River Tyne, and thus a name was born. So for the next couple of hours we wandered around learning a few interesting facts, seeing some great architecture and also seeing the five bridges. We perused through the local markets and picked up some delicious cakes and lollies, as well as the boys picking up some good bargains. We then made our way across the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and then upto the viewing deck at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for a great view of the river.

It was a little chilly, so before we set out for the big game it was time for a pre drink at the pub to get into the spirit. Then we were off to The Stadium of Light to see our team Fulham play Sunderland. We cheered on our team and tried to be true fans with our shirts showing, but had to zip up the jackets due to the chilly temperature, by the end of the game my toes were numb. Unfortunately we were unable to come away with a win and had to settle for a nil all draw… time boys!

So it was now time to say goodbye to Newcastle and also Greg. But alas there was still more to come. Whilst waiting at Newcastle airport who would walk by, but the whole Fulham team! Now this was quite an exciting moment, but we were a bit slow getting our stuff and chasing them for a photo. Even though we missed that opportunity, I still got to see my favourite players, Mark Schwarzer (probably the best goal keeper ever) and Brede Hangeland. Plus Bobby Zamora smiled straight at me! What a great way to end a fabulous weekend!
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