Week 26 – How to be a footballer: Step Four

Play football in a football tournament!

I’ve done it! I’ve made it to Prague with my football kit packed, some practice under my belt and the tournament to look forward to 🙂

ahem, we interrupt this transmission to once again apologise for the tardiness of this post! As you can see it was begun on time (30 June), but between then and now I’ve had 2 holidays in 3 weeks, catching up at work, truckloads of new stuff to do at work and am still trying to find the surface… I’m getting there 🙂

So, yes, I did make it to Prague and I had the best time in the tournament!

Of course, I wasn’t there to actually play football, but I did get to dress the part on the first day at the pitch

and then on the second day, once the results were pretty much settled, I got to muck about a bit too – unfortunately no photos were taken of me playing this time, but I can tell you that I saved all 3 goals that came my way – even after a fair few beers under my belt, and I was dressed as a nurse 😳

Where do I start?

This trip was one of the best holidays of my life – I spent 4 days laughing non-stop, did a bit of sightseeing, enjoyed delicious beers, spent time with great friends, sat in the sun all day, napped in the afternoons, partied hard at night, and even got some good photo opportunities! I think I was born to attend tournaments like this 😉

The girls were excellent in their games – sadly only playing 3 over the 2 days due to the lack of women’s teams, but they won all three games and therefore won the trophy once again!

Our first day there was spent being ‘touristy’ but because the first few of us who got there had all been to Prague before, we weren’t too stressed about seeing too much – our priorities were to find somewhere to sit, and start drinking beer! (You’ll notice that there is a LOT of beer drunk over these 4 days…. it was all included in the package price we paid for the trip! Winning!)

The next day, Thursday, was to be the first event dinner where we got to meet many of the other teams – divided into 2 time slots, we got the later shift so by the time we’d spent the day enjoying a few beers and then eventually got to dinner after the first shift, well… it’s needless to say that it was LOUD! It was fun!

Friday arrived – the first day of the tournament. I cannot tell you how some people manage to get up in the morning and head to the pitch, and then play football in the blistering sun, after the parties that go on the night before… but, there everyone was, some taking naps, some taking it seriously, but everyone on the pitch(es), having the best time!

Friday night all teams board a ferry-type thing and we head out for a dinner cruise… madness follows!

Once again, Saturday morning rolls around and it’s back off to the pitches – this time being tougher than Friday morning as many people partied way harder than on Thursday night 😉 But, once again, everyone is there, putting in all the effort they can muster up, and having a great time!

Saturday night and all good things must come to an end… it’s the farewell dinner and prize-giving, which once again equals MADNESS! But once again, such fun… especially when it started raining and we got to dance in the rain 🙂

And on Sunday we all dragged our sorry selves to breakfast, packed up, and flew home!

Hope to see you next year, Prague’s Barrel Tournament!

# 47 – Go for golf

Looking for a lovely day out in Dubai – grass, cold beer, good food (pork sausages!), friends and sunshine?

Well, once a year there is this “little” thing called the Race to Dubai – the DP World Championship Golf Tournament. It truly is a fabulous day out! And you should try it!

I joined a few friends for a few hours on Friday and since it was my first time to an event like this, I made sure to take my camera for some fun shots!

After munching on some sausage rolls and stocking up with our beer cooler bag, we headed off to find a comfy spot at the 14th hole – wait for the golfers to come to us!

I know a tiny little bit about golf – mostly just stuff that I’ve heard people speak about, certainly not enough to hold my own in a conversation… so I am not going to try and impress you with tales of what went on while we were there. Instead, I’ll just share my photos with you and say again – get yourself there next year if you’ve never been! Best of all – it’s free entrance! (Click on any of the photos for a larger gallery view)

My bucket list

the-bucket-list-2-1024I have never sat down and put any thought into what My Bucket List would be… and although I’ve seen the movie The Bucket List, I’ve just never felt inspired to do it…. But I’ve recently changed my mind and finally put together a bucket list of things that I would like to achieve (including some that I’ve done already that are totally bucket-list-worthy) while I am still able to. I’ll update this post as time goes on, ticking off each item as I do it, and more-than-likely adding to the list 🙂

In no specific order, I give you my bucket list – please feel free to share and use my ideas!

  1. See the (new) Seven Wonders of the world (as per this wikipedia list)
    1. Colosseum – done in 2002 when I travelled around Europe on a Contiki tour
    2. Great Wall of China
    3. Petra
    4. Chichen Itza
    5. Machu Picchu
    6. Taj Mahal
    7. Christ the Redeemer
    8. Great Pyramid of Giza (Honorary Status)
  2. Get my photo taken with a well-known celebrity (I’ve had a drink with a South African celebrity, Ross Learmonth, lead singer of Prime Circle ; I’ve hung out with Glenn Hodgson from The Parlotones; and I’m related to Brendan Jury of Urban Creep fame, but am looking for this to be a real-eel “Hollywood” celebrity 😉  )
  3. Go on a Russian cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow
  4. See the 7 Natural Wonders of the World
    1. Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
    2. Harbour of Rio de Janeiro
    3. Grand Canyondone in July 2015
    4. Great Barrier Reef
    5. Mount Everestdone in February 2015 (did a flight to see the mountain; see #37 for a more detailed item)
    6. Paricutin
    7. Victoria Fallsdone in July 2010
  5. Stand on a glacier – I completed this in 2012 when travelling to Germany for a for a friends wedding; we visited the Rhone Glacier in Switzerland. Here’s my blog post about it 🙂
  6. Go backstage at a concert
  7. Visit 50 countries – as of February 2017 I am sitting on 38
  8. (Re) learn how to do a handstand without my feet touching a wall (Started this in 2016 🙂 )
  9. Attend a masquerade ball
  10. Run 5km’s in under 25 minutes (my personal best is currently sitting at 25:49)
  11. Run a half marathon in under 2 hours (my personal best is currently 2:02:05)
  12. Watch turtles being born in Oman
  13. Have a white Christmas
  14. Attend Rugby 7’s in Hong Kong
  15. Learn to play guitar
  16. Go to Oktoberfest in Munich
  17. Visit Las Vegas and New York City – done in July 2015 with my sister
  18. Float in the the Dead Seacompleted August 2016
  19. Run an international half marathon (i.e. one that I have to travel out of UAE for, and other than the midnight sun run in Iceland) – one option that I’ve come across is the Disney Half Marathon (but not for 2015 – too much other travel already planned for 2015)
  20. Run the midnight sun run in Iceland (preferably with friends 🙂 )
  21. Get a tattoo (sorry mom) – done in July 2015
  22. Run a vertical marathon (Emirates Towers, Dubai, or elsewhere in the world) – done 3 October 2015, Hilton JBR
  23. Buy a brand new car – did this in August 2014; my zippy little Mazda 2 (and I paid cash for it!)
  24. Buy a house
  25. See the migration in the Serengeti, Tanzania/ Kenya
  26. Witness the Botswana great floods
  27. Fix my teeth (I have an overbite and a few of them are slightly skew 😦 ) October 2016 this is happening – check back in approximately 18 months 😉
  28. Have laser eye surgery to not have to wear contact lenses anymore
  29. Finish reading the Discworld series
  30. Make a pink zebra cake (this one’s been added in purely as something silly – I came across this recipe and thought it would be hilarious to do this!) Completed October 2015
  31. Reach 1000 blog followers
  32. Travel First Class
  33. Take part in something similar to “The Amazing Race”
  34. 5 (then maybe 10 😉 ) unassisted pull-ups
  35. White water rafting (completed in February 2015 in Nepal)
  36. Successfully complete a beer mile
  37. Hike to Everest Base Camp
  38. White water rafting in a 2-man canoe
  39. Visit all 7 continents (as of March 2015 I’ve done 5 = Africa, Australia, North America, Europe, Asia)
  40. Throw a dart into a spinning globe and travel to where it lands
  41. Stand on the International Date Line
  42. Stand on the Equator Line (thanks to Dailyphotofun for this idea!)