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This post is a little different today. I’m not particularly a soccer fan (for overseas viewers, its football for you), however, Mister is. Actually, he is a tragic Arsenal fanatic. Seriously, there are many times when Arsenal has come first. So naturally when we went to London it was a tour Mister was not going to miss out on. He was like me when I went to the British Museum, totally in his element and nothing was going to take away the ethereal glow around him that he was where God wanted him to be; right at home at Emirates Stadium.

How does a non-soccer fan describe Emirates Stadium? Well, let’s just say I was impressed. It is a magnificent stadium and even if you don’t know what soccer, or football, is it really does impress. Red seems to be the theme behind this team. I’m not really sure why but Mister loved it. And of course we have more pictures of him in front of great Arsenal memorabilia than me.
When the tour starts, we are taken into the Chairman’s boardroom where the highest paying Arsenal executives watch the game and enjoy the finest food and drink. Entering that room made me want to work really hard so I could one day afford that privilege. There are past trophies on display, paintings of Emirates Stadium (in case you weren’t sure where you were) and the most magnificent views of the pitch. Any closer and you would actually be on the pitch watching the players “bend it like Beckham”.

Next on the tour we are taken into the player’s locker room. Mister could not contain his excitement! Player’s jumpers were on display to show us whose cubicle belonged to whom. Of course Mister had to have his picture taken in front of all of them. A tour guide let us in on a little piece of information; the opposing team’s locker room has shiny floors to try and injure them before any game commences! Nice little trick I think!
After the locker room, we get to experience the rush of being an Arsenal player. We get to run (or walk) through the tunnel leading us onto the pitch. I should have just taken a movie of Mister doing it with the amount of pictures I took of him inside the red tunnel. I think he secretly felt like an Arsenal player. Out on the ground, you really get to feel the atmosphere of a game, it is really huge!

Following the locker room, tunnel and entering the pitch, there was something to keep me entertained, we entered the press room. There were children on our tour group so I had to let them sit in the chairs pretending to be interviewed by their parents. However, it really gave me an insight into sports media.

All in all, Mister left the tour feeling great like he had just ticked something off his bucket list. Entering the room of men he has admired since he was young he accomplished something other’s only dream of doing.

COME ON THE MIGHTY GUNNERS!

Mister in his element, at Emirates Stadium for Arsenal

Mister with Fabregas’s jumper. He does not play for Arsenal anymore, so this is a rare photograph.

Another rare photograph with Nasri’s jumper, who no longer plays for Arsenal.

Where tired and injured players do physiotherapy.

Entering the magnificent red tunnel leading out onto the pitch.

Mister was so excited to be there, he didn’t know where to look!

 

One evening in mid 2010 I had come home late from university and Mister was already home. He was on the computer and I could tell by the look on his face, he was very preoccupied with whatever he was doing. I asked him if he was alright and he replied simply with “Air Asia is having a massive sale and I have just purchased return tickets for us to go to London”. To say I was gobsmacked is an understatement. Mister had certainly won some brownie points! He had just purchased tickets for us to go to London and from London all other European cities are so cheap to get to, therefore we could travel anywhere. Mister was really happy to have found this sale as his brother, let’s call him JJ, had moved over to London and it was a chance for them to catch up. Neither of us was able to sleep that night due to the excitement that this time the following year in 2011 we would be on our way to Europe!It is now June 2011 and the day has arrived and we are about to make our way to Melbourne Airport. I said goodbye to my family (my grandfather was in tears, bless him) and we were London bound! We arrived in London around 11.00pm and were just exhausted so went straight to the hotel to sleep. We stayed around the corner from King’s Cross Station. The following day our European adventure began! We trekked to Emirates Stadium as Mister is a tragic Arsenal fanatic. I’m not really interested in soccer but I must say, this stadium is quite impressive! We took plenty of pictures, went into the gift shop and purchased tickets to do the official tour. The tour would take place in the following days and Mister could hardly wait!
From there we went on to a hop on/hop off double decker tour bus in London. These tours are great because you can get off wherever you like and every 15 minutes another bus comes to pick you up. We went right around Hype Park, Buckingham Palace, drove past Margaret Thatcher’s, Roger Moore’s and J.K Rowling’s homes. I was quite taken with Buckingham Palace; I told Mister that it will be our next real estate purchase. I have seen the palace plenty of times on television  and in pictures but to see it in front of you, it is really an experience. It is spectacular and huge! We watched the changing of the guard which is quite impressive because it actually stops traffic. Can you believe it? If your in a hurry to get to work, bad luck, the queen’s guards need to be changed!

After Buckingham Palace, we got on the bus again and went around the river Thames. It made me happy to see that not only Melbourne’s Yarra River is brown in colour. We went past Big Ben, the London Eye and London Tower. As I have mentioned I could still not believe that I was in the same vicinity of these buildings because I had seen them all before in pictures. London is a fantastic, beautiful city and the people are really friendly. And yes, I even did the touristy thing and had my photograph taken in front of a telephone box. Love London!

I really felt sorry for Mister as I am a huge history buff and I made him go to the British Museum. For me, entering the museum was an ethereal moment in my life. For so long the museum has been home to many treasures discovered from another time, another era. I had been waiting all my life to go to this museum and I was finally here. I certainly was experiencing an out-of-body moment. The pinnacle of the visiting the museum was viewing the Rosetta Stone. It was one of the greatest archaeological discoveries whereby the explorer who discovered it was able to decipher ancient Egyptian script for the first time in history. If you are a history buff you can certainly understand my excitement of seeing this stone. I purchased a replica of it from the gift shop and hung it in my house. There were also many other ancient Egyptian artefacts on display and the museum as a whole was simply mesmerising and not at all in a commercial way. It paid great tribute to many civilisations and cultures that once existed.

London is such a great city; don’t ever change who you are! Visiting the British Museum was certainly my highlight of London. Stay tuned for more great British and European adventures next time!

My official first day in London, what a beauty!

Mister at the front of Emirates Stadium, which impressed me as well!

Me in front of Buckingham Palace which will one day be my home!

River Thames with the London Eye in the background

Big Ben

Me at the entrance of the British Museum, a significant moment in my life

The amazing Rosetta Stone, what I have been waiting my whole life to see!