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Following the Yellow Brick Road to Cardiff

One of the most satisfying experiences I have had over the past 5 years since venturing out into the big wide world is realising dreams that I have had since childhood, places I have wanted to go, things I have wanted to do and experiences I had all but given up on before leaving home.   One such dream has been to watch the All Blacks play at Cardiff Arms Park, in fact I remember as an 11 year old, writing an essay at school entitled “The Yellow Brick Road to Cardiff” in which I outlined my dream of playing for the All Blacks against Wales at the legendary Cardiff Arms Park.  While I may never have achieved the ultimate goal of playing for the All Blacks, I had still wanted to experience watching them live in Wales.

The Greatest Team to Ever Walk the Earth

For those of you unfamiliar with who the All Blacks are, well they are the New Zealand national rugby team, feared by all, beaten by few…..  in fact the greatest sports team to ever walk the earth, who have dominated their sport internationally since 1905, a reign like no other team in any other sport.

ViatorSo when my parents told me they were flying half way around the world to be surprise guests at one of my great mates 50th birthday parties and they had spare tickets to the rugby in Cardiff, there was no hesitation in saying “I will see you in November then”….

I caught an early morning flight out of Helsinki to London Gatwick and made my way to Paddington Station, nearby where my parents were staying.   After finding my parents, we spent the afternoon and early evening checking out the sights of this amazing city.  We wandered around the inner city areas during the afternoon, then ventured across the Thames in the evening to enjoy the view back into the city, before settling down for dinner in an old bar just across from Westminster, which actually rang a bell when all the politicians needed to head back across the road….  London is a vibrant city which just seems to always be hustling and bustling but in that quintessential British way.

This is my third visit to London now and despite not being a city that had ever really appealed to me, it is growing on me each time.  There is just so much to see that I must really book a proper trip to London and spend some real time there.

London Panorama

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Following the Yellow Brick Road to Cardiff


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