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Tues 29th

Hey guys live from A beautiful little place called Keswick just outside of Workington about 20miles from Scotland

We started the morning the morning in Chester where Sylva had things to do for a friend so I stayed in town and went for a walk. The place is seriously pretty I could definitely live there

I brought some world famous (I'd never heard of it) Holby Chester Fudge...it's really really good

I repacked my bag yet again then when Sylva got back we both decided we wanted to go to Workington but had trouble finding accomodation as neither of us had booked anything found a guest house on lastminute.com.au called Maple Bank and called them up it said on the site £80 per night but he said we could stay for £70 a night so we said we would take it but would arrive late

We set off Workington at about 3 and had a pretty good drive...we had a dinner and bathroom stop at a roadhouse about halfway there I had the most English meal ever Pie and Chips and gravy omg it was so good

Finally made it to Keswick at around 6pm after going through some amazing landscape hills and crazy storms it was already dark when we arrived and got lost for about 10 minutes after taking the wrong turn we rang Tommy (the owner) and he gave us the right direction and made it to Maple bank at 615pm checked in with Tommy taking our bags straight to our room. Chatting to him he was Scottish and loved sport he knew the game was on but didn't have a ticket. Sylva asked him if he wanted one as she had one spare he said yes and offered to take us. Now both of us said yes but then when we were getting ready I went in to crazy man mode we didn't know him only just met him what the hell were we doing and both of us had players we wanted to meet which would've been another hour at least so we talked to him and said we should take two cars cause we wanted to meet the players Tommy again insisted he take us and was willing to stick around with us after the game. he introduced us to his wife so I gave up and agreed lol now I think about it it was proberly the best thing in the world that happened for us crazy I know.

On the drive there he told us about his guest house how half the year it's self catering and he and his wife goes on holidays this year they are going to Cyprus and the other of the year they run it as a B&B and it's hard work. He also told us about his love of speedway how he goes to the Workington ground all the time for the speedway and sits in the grand stand for it. We chatted about road rules I.e speed limits after getting stuck behind a truck When we made it to Workington he was amazing and literally just parked his car on the grass near the stadium we arrived with about 10 minutes to spare and lined up...it was freezing I've never been more cold ever.

We walked into the ground and it was crazy the amount of people in it. people were every where even the local kids were watching from over the fence, why pay when u can watch for free. We made our way undercover with about 2000 other people ok maybe not that many but there was a few. They stopped letting people in after a time cause it was chockers. They announced the teams and neither Mahe or Siosaia were playing which was disappointing but also good cause they both would come out early for the bus

The game was pretty good and Tommy was seriously happy with Scotland winning lol he even rang his brother in Scotland to tell him to watch cause he was at the game. After the game we walked out and me and Sylva were amazed at how fast people disappeared one minute 7794 people were watching the game 5 minutes after it ended there was no one there CRAZY. We decided to only wait for a few minutes cause both of us were frozen like seriously I've never been that cold before it was lucky they kept a little shop open cause we got a coffee and hot chocolate to try and warm up and five minutes later the Tongan boys started coming out Vave had the biggest smile when he saw me and gave me a hug (love that) we chatted about him staying/going from the storm (sad his going..even sadder he doesn't have a club) and we held my sign (his still storm to me) then he got on the bus and I waited for Mahe. When Mahe saw me he was happy and said "you made it" cause I told him presentation night I might show up. After holding my sign he was told he had to go and we decided to go too.

We got back to the car and the place was empty...amazing. Tommy drove us back and he was happy he went to the game

We have to leave early tomorrow as we have to be at Etihad for Australian Training at 10am so we've decided to leave at at 7am tomorrow goodnight

Posted by stormymay 09:28 Archived in United Kingdom

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