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Chiyo: Chelsea vs. Liverpool

November 29, 2011


I am still on an endorphin high from the experience I had tonight. I went to a Chelsea vs Liverpool match with Jamie, Rene, and Curtis, and it was unbelievable. I was the only Chelsea fan out of the four of us, Jamie a Liverpool fan, and Curtis and Rene just reallyyyy love soccer. It made me think back to the days when I was a striker several years ago.

Football is INTENSE here, and the fans are loyal, loud, and bloody fun. Jamie and I had the better pair of tickets (since she purchased them), and we got to sit in the lower sections. I could literally make out every players face (Go Torres!). Both sides were roaring with cheers, and although you can’t really understand what they’re saying, because it’s like a battle between the two sides, it was awesome. Earlier this semester we went to a lower level league team, but that was nothing compared to the professionals. I was definitely screaming and cursing a lot, and I think I have said “oy!” about 20 times throughout the match. It was an intense game, with the refs making a lot of bad calls against Chelsea. At one point when Liverpool was ahead, they had to bring out the brigade of security guards because like I said before, soccer fans are loyal and loud. It gets to a point where you wonder if someone is going to storm the field if a bad call is made because they get that crazy. Jamie had to keep her comments to herself since she was surrounded by Chelsea fans, and I was thankful for that. She would have been torn to bits if she made it known she was a Liverpool fan. 

Liverpool ended up winning, and it was a big upset because Chelsea had made some really good attempts, but just failed every time. Torres choked as usual, but at least our players know how to stay up on two feet (Liverpool’s players kept falling down). On the way home, it was mass chaos. Trying to get to the tube station from the stadium was hard enough. We had people pushing and shoving, and the Liverpool fans were cheering things like, “Thank you for buying Torres, Torres, Thank you for buying Torres…” Just to get on the tube you had to fight your way through the crowds, and I used my “fun sized” body to my advantage. I saw a dad pick up his small child, shove himself on the tube, and he barely made it on, with his son in midair to keep him from getting squished. 

It was one of those nights where once you’re on public transportation, everything goes your way. After we got off our one train to get a connecting one, there was one right when we got to the platform. We had to transfer one more time to get home, and the train was there in less than a minute. And the 297, which is a bloody disaster half the time, was actually at the bus stop, and we hopped right on. I still can’t believe I was at the Chelsea vs Liverpool game tonight. I won’t forget it. 

Chelsea and Liverpool are rivals, and here is one of the Chelsea songs they sing. 


Chiyo: Orientation Day

September 1, 2011

Today I woke up around 11 am after a night of bonding with all the CAPA students, and hung out in our flat until 2 pm, when one of my roommates and I ventured out to explore more of London before orientation at four. We’re getting used to the fact that some roads here have no designated pedestrian crossings, and with roundabouts everywhere, it can get quite confusing. After a short bus ride we ended up at the Underground station near our neighborhood, and hopped on the Tube to go to our final destination of Gloucester Road. I haven’t been on the Tube in 8 years, and for some reason I remembered it being a little more…”glamourous.” (I’m not sure why I thought the Tube was glamourous) The Tube is like any other subway system, and no one talks on the Tube. They’re either too into their paper, or ipod, and even in a group of people do you rarely see them conversing with one another. They just want to get to their destination and on to the next location. 

After getting off at our stop, we roamed the streets for an hour, and I found it funny that one of the first things you see is a KFC, Starbucks, and Burger King all lined up next to one another. Very American. We went to the CAPA building for orientation and all I wanted to do at this point was sleep, because the jet-lag had definitely started to set in. It was longer than we thought it would be, and after what felt like eternity, we were allowed to go. Tomorrow morning we have internship orientation, followed by police safety orientation. All four of us from my flat went off to find dinner, and wound up at a restaurant called Garfunkels, which is known for their Fish and Chips, and Garfunkel Burger to name a few. I decided to try a typical British dish called Beef Ale Pie, and boy was it delicious! After dinner we hopped back on the Tube to go to our neighborhood of Ealing Broadway, bought some groceries, and are now all having downtime. It’s been a long day, and I can tell jet lag is catching up with me and it is a matter of time before I pass out.  

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