Newcastle, How I Love Thee
Let me count the ways…
Seriously, there could not be a happier woman on this planet at this very moment. I cannot stop weeping through joy. I arrived in Newcastle on Monday night and after saying hello to Cate, who is kindly putting me up, I reacquainted myself with Vodka Revolutions, Stephanie and Nichola. Cur much hilarity, drunk men chatting us up and much more. Unfortunately the days travel had taken its toll so we had a fairly early night. Not before I bumped into one of my old German lecturers whilst waiting for the bus, and also , a fairly famous actress who has been in the film Invictus, and she had just finished the evening’s performance of Julius Caesar by the RSC.
Tuesday morning I met Steph and Nichola for some shopping. We went to M&S first as I really wanted a new bikini. There wasn’t much choice but I did find one I liked, but there was only one left and not in my size. I suddenly remembered that I wasn’t in China anymore and could talk to shop assistants so I collared the nearest one and asked her if there were anymore. She said that she had some on a rail and we went over to look. The first 2 that I could see were not my size so I gave up hope, but she then found another and it was the correct size! She even found the bottoms for me. I was so pleased. I gushed my gratitude to the till lady too, who was equally as smiley and wonderful. I knew I was home, the Geordies are so friendly, which is something even Dad commented on too.
Anyway, a successful morning shopping was then turned into Olympic action! I met Dad and we headed on over to St James’ Park. We had no problem with queues as we went early, as we’d been told, and took no bags, which we’d also been told. I got my face painted inside, Mexico, as we’d seen a lot of Mexicans wandering around the city beforehand. The first game was Mexico vs Korea Republic and it was a good technical game of football, however it ended in a 0-0 draw. The second game was Gabon vs Switzerland. It was amazing, practically everyone in the ground was supporting Gabon and we all went wild when they scored. A few Mexican waves later and and it was all over. A really fun day and looking forward to the next matches on Sunday!
This morning I headed down to the Quayside to soak up the sun. It was magical to see the Tyne and the bridges again and a little tear definitely welled up in my eyes. I was so, so lucky too. Some people were raising money by asking for donations to have their photo taken with an Olympic torch. So obviously I donated. It felt amazing. I’ve watched these torches for weeks and now I’ve held one! It was surprisingly light and obviously photos will follow when I’m back.
I also managed to catch the Millennium Bridge tilting which was awesome as the sun was properly out then.
Now I’m sat in the Slug & Lettuce, soaking up Pimms with Nichola and having a good old chin way. Still have plenty of fun lined up for today, which I’ll let you know about in due course.
It’s so good to be back!!