Jun 02

Three years ago I went with my friends Gordon and Paul to the football / soccer European Championships in France. It was a fabulous trip and I had the time of my life, heaps of football, wonderful food, lovely wine, lots of laughs.

I’m going back next week, this time to watch the Women’s World Cup. We are only there for three nights but I’m looking forward to it. We have tickets for one game, the USA v Thailand, but it’s in a city called Reim, a place I’ve never been to before. It’s a medieval town in the Champagne region of the country, so there are a couple of extra benefits as well.

But before that, I’m headed to Dublin for a couple of nights to see Metallica. I’m not the biggest fan in the world but their show is spectacular and it will be fun I’m sure. Then it’s off to Paris, before ending our trip with five nights back in Belfast.

It’s always good to get home, and this will be extra special hopefully. We have arranged a bit of a get-together for those of us who are turning 50 soon, and I will get to see some guys I haven’t caught up with in years. A few I see regularly when I’m home, others the odd time, but the rest… well, it may have been more than 30 years since I’ve chatted with them, all the way back to 12988 when we left school.

So lots of look forward to in the coming weeks, and I can’t wait to escape the 95-degree heat in New Orleans. It’s probably going to be even warmer when I get back of course. Til then, enjoy your summer.

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