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February 19th 2006
Published: February 19th 2006
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At the Footy GameAt the Footy GameAt the Footy Game

We were lucky enough to be given tickets to the Liverpool v. Arsenal Premier League game!
Thanks to everyone for your well wishes. We plan on updating the blog once a week, so we hope you enjoy the pics and stories.

We arrived into London, with typical British weather, rain, rain, rain. We picked up our rental car and headed to Birmingham to visit Paul's Aunt and family. The highlight was meeting Mason, Paul's cousin's baby. We watched lots of Olympics (couldn't help rubbing in how much better the Canadians were than the non-existent Brits) and got over our jet lag.

We then headed farther north to Leigh (between Manchester and Liverpool). This is where Paul lived until he moved to Canada, when he was eight. We stayed with some family friends, the Gorski's. We toured Leigh and saw Paul's old school and house. The Gorski's gave us Liverpool v. Arsenal football (soccer) tickets and Paul was thrilled since this was his childhood team. The stadium, Anfield is old and the area reminded me of something out of a Charles Dickens story. We were shocked to find that we were front row and so close to the players. We loved the songs and chants and the passion of the fans. Everyone was shouting 'Go Ali'
Baby MasonBaby MasonBaby Mason

We finally got to meet baby Mason (Paul's cousin, Michelle's baby). Drooling as always!
and when we got back we asked who Ali was, it turned out it was Harry Kewell - the accents are quite strong up north.

We were treated to a fabulous lunch with the Gorskis and Alan & Joan, some more family friends. The Gorski's son, Andrew plays in the Rugby League for the Rochdale Hornets and were lucky enough to be there for his game. I of course was terribly confused about what was going on, but caught on eventually. Again we had some trouble understanding. I wasn't sure why they kept shouting 'Go Alex', but when we asked, it was 'Go Hornets'....

We then headed to the Peak District, south of Manchester to visit Al & Mike, more family friends. The Peak district is very hilly (of course) and we enjoyed a quick visit with lots of walks with the dogs and a fabulous dinner with plenty of champagne and wine!

It was then time to head back to London and we picked Friday afternoon to head back into the city (a horrible time). It took us 6 hours of traffic jams. We stopped in for dinner with Paul's cousin, Ben & Fiona and their
Happy GrandmaHappy GrandmaHappy Grandma

Paul's Aunty Margaret with her grandson.
two adorable children, Bethany (2) and Charlie (8 weeks).

Dropped off the rental car and headed into the city to see some of the sights. Toured around and met Zibby (my university friend who is living here) for dinner.

We really have been spoiled by the hospitality of Paul's family and friends here in the UK. It was a quick visit, but wonderful to see everyone.

Today we are off to Cairo and very excited. We can't wait to get out of this cool damp weather and into some sunshine. We have been enjoying the Western luxuries that we know will be non-existent for the next few months.

Until next time....

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Paul's School in LeighPaul's School in Leigh
Paul's School in Leigh

This is the school Paul attended until he was 8, when he moved to Canada.
Liverpool FansLiverpool Fans
Liverpool Fans

You'll never walk alone.
Steve Gerrard, Gerrard....Steve Gerrard, Gerrard....
Steve Gerrard, Gerrard....

This is how close we were - front row.
Lunch Get TogetherLunch Get Together
Lunch Get Together

A lovely lunch with Steve & Jenny and Alan & Joan.
Canadian GeeseCanadian Geese
Canadian Geese

You can't travel the world without running into Canadians.
Mr. ReliableMr. Reliable
Mr. Reliable

Paul and Andrew after the Rochdale game. Andrew plays in the Rugby League and we went to his game. Go Alex!

A walk with Al & Mike in the Peak District.
Dawn & the kidsDawn & the kids
Dawn & the kids

We visited Paul's cousin, Ben & Fiona adn their two adorable children, Bethany & Charlie.

19th February 2006

Thanks for the Gerrard Pic!
So jealous of your reds game! Seats look amazing! Thanks for all the relly pics!
22nd February 2006

Great to see you guys on Saturday! Hope you had a good trip to Egypt and I look forward to reading your updates!
25th February 2006

In a Sun Burned Country
Hi you two - we see the advantage of the blog. Great info and wonderful to see all the pictures of the English family and friends. We have the 30 degree heat here in Hervey Bay, Australia! - and we have had it for most of the last three weeks. We really want to thank you for the wonderful gift of the book by Bill Bryson. We have both read it and it has made our trip even more fun and informative. He writes in a very humourous style. It's been a great addition to our travels. Thanks again. Best Wishes. Keep safe. Love Ya!

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