This weekend I went back to the UK for a holiday, although it never seems much of a holiday when you come back more exhausted than before you left! But nonetheless I had a great time catching up with my friends and family and going to see the football! I was only back for a flying visit of 3 days but this is what I got up to:
Since I have been gone my best friend Jenny gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Alice. I visited after she was born but she is growing so quickly that so much changes every time I go back that I have to take advantage of the valuable time I get with her. We made the most of the brief gap in the horrid weather that has plagued the south of England and went into town for the afternoon. I love the town I grew up in but it is such a weird feeling when it doesn’t feel like home anymore.
In the evening we went to my dads for a good ol’british favourite of ‘chippy tea’. You just can’t get fish and chips like they make it in the UK in Berlin so it was the perfect holiday treat.
Old habits die hard so on Friday I had my haircut by my favourite hairdresser, she did a great job as usual, and if you are in the Bournemouth area and looking for a great hairdresser please get in contact and I will pass on her details. Another day of retail therapy in town whilst enjoying a rare bit of British sunshine and a pub lunch was just what the doctor ordered before meeting my mum and sister for a catch up. A highlight of my weekend was spending Friday night with some of my closest friends. We enjoyed snacks and a lot of alcohol whilst talking the night away.
My whole trip was planned around this day, the last game of the championship season day. As a Southampton fan and season ticket holder I probably moved away at the most pivotal time in the clubs 125 year history. I unfortunately missed the promotion party from League 1 last year but I was not going to make the same mistake again! I was so excited, I am always excited when I am going to football, especially now that is only once or twice every 3-4 months, but this was an even bigger excitement. Today was the day that Southampton FC could be back in the premier league, back where we belong and I could finally put those haunting memories on the day we were relegated in 2005 behind me. Although the game was not as tense as I had anticipated with a comfortable final result of 4-0 over Coventry it did not take away from the celebrations that began.
I am proud to say I was one of 20,00 on the pitch celebrating with players and friends alike our long awaited return to the Premier League, and despite a long and nerveracking season at the top I could not be prouder as a Southampton fan. I had a great day and I cannot wait for next season to begin, I just hope that the first game of the 2012/2013 Premiership Campaign does not clash with my holiday to Vancouver in August!
After saying our goodbyes we said goodbye to the UK and headed back to Berlin and to the glorious sunshine that awaits. I had a great weekend but one full of emotion. I love seeing my friends but it does tend to remind me of how much I miss them despite loving my life here in Berlin and the drive to the airport was certainly the hardest one I have done since moving in February 2011.
Thankfully I took over 150 photos and can look back and remember a great weekend and certainly one I will be telling people about for the rest of my life.