Women's Soccer Trip To England Diary

March 13, 2007

Monday, March 12th

After a very long day yesterday we had a chance to relax a littletoday. We got to sleep in until 10! (A very rare treat on a roadtrip). We started the day off with a traditional English breakfast.However, most of us decided it wasn't a good idea to be adventurouseaters before a game, so we stuck with toast, cereal and fruit. Weplayed Arsenal Academy and lost 1-0. It was a pretty uncharacteristicperformance, and obviously not the result we wanted, but we are lookingforward to making up for the loss when we play Bristol Academy tomorrownight.

The game today gave us a taste of the soccer-crazy culture here. Therewas a primary school behind our field and all the kids were screamingfor Arsenal across the fence. I think half the school must haveconvinced their teachers to let them come watch the game because theyall showed up at kickoff and were singing and screaming their heads offfor Arsenal the whole game.

After the game we stopped in St. Albans for some shopping andsightseeing.

Sunday, March 11th....our first day in the UK!!!

We got to London Gatwick airport at 9 in the morning after 11 long hours of flying, with no sleep and a lot of movie watching for most of us (Laura slept the entire way - so lucky). We waited for an hour to go through customs, and then hopped on the bus (not a double decker unfortunately) with our tour guide, Mike. We drove into London and saw the Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Hyde Park, and caught a glimpse of Buckingham Palace. After that, we got a chance to get off the bus and walk around to find something to eat and stretch our legs near Covent Gardens. It was a really nice day outside - - sunny and pretty warm (at least by Pullman standards), and it was a lot of fun to see all that was going around near us. There was a guy that juggled the ball for the entire time we ate lunch which was really cool. Then we hopped back on the bus and made our way to the hotel for a much needed dinner and nice comfy beds. We had our first dinner in England - -fish and chips for a lot of us, and then headed to bed for our first real night of sleep in almost two days!! Getting ready for the game tomorrow!! Hope all is well in the U.S.

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