English Football Fan Journal: Planes, Trains & Automobiles to North London

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25:  A general view Piccadilly Circus on Christmas Day on December 25, 2009 in London, England. The streets of London were quiet today, ahead of tomorrows Boxing Day sales, when millions of shoppers are expected head to the shops to take advantage of the huge discounts in many stores.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

As I type this journal entry in the smallest of one room efficiencies in Highbury, London, the time in the upper right corner reads 7:00 AM exactly. Local time just hit noon which places my brain somewhere in the realm of insane, sleep-deprived lunatic, or, lazy traveler, as I’m only just sitting up from bed as Coronation Street appears on ITV2.

Regardless, we made it over. The overnight flight from Dallas FW will be a memory best left somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean while on the up side of the long travel time, some incredible areas were witnessed last night in London. Specifically, London’s Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. More sight seeing resumes later today and this weekend as at least for now, the weather is holding nicely.

Where’s the Football?

Having arrived in the UK as an international break was in full swing, the football has been non-existent thus far. However, England’s Euro 2012 qualifier v Montenegro at Wembley fast approaches and will be sure to create some memories.

In a million years, I never realized the jet lag would be as difficult as it has been. My plan: stay awake during the flight over, land in London around 12:30 and go all day without a nap. This way, come 10:00-11:00 PM at night, you’re dead tired and ready for bed.

Good on paper, but it didn’t work. Let’s just leave it at that. My boring sleep patters aside, this column will be reserved for football and football related issues. For now, we’re off to, I don’t know, would it be breakfast, or lunch?


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