Euro Cup Fever

I must say, I’m generally not a football fan! I got into the habit of following football games simply because my father is mad about football! And when I say mad about it, I mean mad about it! I remember a few years ago, after some team won the cup, he did a cartwheel on his bed! And he was in his 40s, not in the best of health and that bed was half broken! He can stay up all night just to watch the Euro cup! I’ve never got the big deal of a football game – its just another game right? 

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Right now, London is gripped by the UEFA fever! Since day 1, I have again been trying to follow the games, and trying to keep up with the football craze… Quite frankly though, I haven’t had much time to think about watching an entire match or heading to a pub to catch a game with friends with the amount of work we have in school. But today when I signed into twitter, I realised that although I have not being seeing much of it, the football fever is setting in. #England is the most trending topic today along with ‘England vs France’ soon after. Why? because those are the teams playing today. and obviously for London, that’s a big deal! 

Forget UK, Euro 2012 is one of the ‘trending topics’ with some of my friends back home. For instance one of them, decided to show her support using nail paint! A really cool idea. But I still don’t get the craze about football. I guess it’s just not my cup of tea. 

Regardless of whether or not I understand the craze or the fanatics around it, I enjoy the celebrations! The best thing about being in my place – you can celebrate no matter which team wins! Of course, I’ve been warned – dare not support France tonight or even thinking of celebrating if England loses, unless you want to get beaten. 

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Olympic Madness

With jubilee celebrations over last weekend, everyone is now gearing up for Euro 2012 and Olympics and Para-Olympics. London is upgrading everything to welcome the world to the Queen’s land. Only problem is – people who live in London have havoc planned for them in the next few months! If you’re planning to come to London now, trust me, you’re not going to see the city in all it’s glory!

Tube stations are being upgraded, bus stops are being renovated, roads are being repaired. to add to all the chaos, the weather is never on our side! Cold, rainy, dark and depressing – 4 words that have described London weather for ages! Travelling around the city at this time, is no cake walk!

Take this weekend for instance, I use the Northern line to come into London. This weekend, they have ‘planned track closures’ on the line because of upgrade work. I guess the good thing is that they at least have substitute buses running the route. But picture this, all the crowd that goes in the tube, is now going to use the bus! Can you imagine the pushing and shoving!!

Transport for London has already told people to start staying away from busy routes during the games. They have a dedicated website to enable commuters to find alternate routes. But nonetheless, London will be going crazy during that time.

The jubilee weekend was like a kick-off for the festive season that’s going to last for the next 3 months. Although Olympics are still sometime away, London has a new thing to stay busy with – Euro 2012. The first match kicked-off today, and I’ve already learnt an important lesson – Whatever you do, don’t think about travelling right before or right after the game!

Everyone likes going to the pub and cheering their team with friends. So now, the only thought on my mind is: When is England playing? The city turns a whole different shade during such festivities! My advice to outsiders: Try and make sure you’re in London during some ‘major’ event – it may not be ‘major’ for you, but it’ll be ‘major’ for the city.