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Northeast Craziness

Hey everyone, a lot has been going on up here in Newcastle since returning victoriously from the Easter 8’s down in Manchester.  Have to thank the LTP and Manchester crew again for hosting me down for the weekend it was an absolute blast.  Upon returning to the Toon, the lax season has had a few wrap up events for two teams up here.  The Newcastle Knights had their end of season awards and race night.  The Newcastle University players cleaned up on the awards raking in four of the awards. I was lucky enough to be awarded the Men’s Player of the Year and Best Single Game Performance for the team.  So the LTP boys are doing quite well this year taking home two MVP awards for their respected clubs (well done Mike).  After finishing up the Knights year, I helped to arrange the first ever Alumni Charity Tournament up[…]

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Eurotrip is Coming

For this blog I have to take it a few weeks back to recap what’s been going on. In late February, Mike and I took another trip up to Newcastle with our LTP tour guide Tom Mac. Had to see our boy Tomo play for the Newcastle Eagles basketball team. Pretty sure they just won the title but I could be wrong with how confusing the playoff system is in England. Anyway, Tomo showed us around town again and Newcastle never disappoints. The next day we took a trip to the coast and we got to see our first castle. I’m a little fuzzy on the details, but I’m pretty sure it was something like 700-1000 years old which, needless to say, is pretty incredible. A couple weeks later we picked up some tickets to see Eric Church at The Ritz in Manchester. Yea, Eric Church: the country singer. Bert,[…]

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The LTP Year Winds Down

So it’s safe to say I’ll never be able to trust myself when it comes to booking a plane, train, or bus. From now on I refuse to let myself make that click, and will have other people do it for me…even if it’s a stranger in the school library. Before the Almost-Dublin-Disaster, I had never messed up like that, and now I have 0% confidence. I can’t talk to women, go to parties without being socially anxious and awkward, play a game of lacrosse without questioning my every step, or even talk to the cashiers at supermarkets and shops. I’m forever scarred, and doubt that I’ll ever regain the shining confidence I had before… Of course I’m only kidding about my confidence shattering. But it does make me question my ability to book a flight, hell I might even end up accidentally flying to Lebanon instead of San Diego[…]

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Perks of UK Lacrosse

So it’s safe to say that I can’t hold a candle to the guys in the blogging department, but I think I win with my photos this time.  Since the last time I wrote, I have enjoyed an awesome winter break and now I am back in the “bubble” at St Andrews, which was recently named one of the best places to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.  Lacrosse has pretty much fizzled out.  We had our first playoff game vs Durham 3rds who we beat 19-2.  I haven’t been able to make many games due to my dissertation lecture with the dreaded proposal submission looming.  We then played Durham 2nds, who beat us, 7-6 for the quarterfinals of the BUCS Trophy.  It was a good run.  As if I wasn’t busy enough, I decided to join the basketball team this semester and I did have the opportunity[…]

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No Room, No Bags, BIG Problem – St.Paddy’s Day in Dublin

No Room, No Bags, No Problem, BIG Problem So it all started a couple months ago when we first got here. We started talking about going to Dublin for St. Patricks Day and we have this whole plan to stay the weekend and everything but then comes a month until St. Patricks Day and while we were looking for a place to stay everything was so expensive that when it came down to it we didn’t book anything. We decided to just fly out the Monday morning and fly back home the next morning on the earliest flight without booking somewhere to stay. Yeah terrible idea we know. We hit one major speed bump that I can’t let got unnoticed. Alberto was left in charged of booking mine and his flights, which also turned out to be a terrible idea because he booked the wrong flight out. He booked the[…]

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A Lacrosse Journey

Strap in for this one, a rant’s a coming… I’m not a big man.  Not only in stature, standing at 5’8’’, but in character at times. I have the tendency to hold grudges and to be petty.  That’s something that is a constant struggle for me, to accept the bad and move on.  It’s maybe a lesson I had to learn this weekend.  In a big game loss to our cross-town rivals, their class shown both during (I hate to admit) and after was something to respect.  Never in the States could I image going for drinks with the opposition post game (something that’s common place here by the way). And even running into a team by chance would be something that in the States might be likely to result in a brawl. Go back a few years and tell me that after a rough hard fought game, I’d be[…]

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Shout Outs Galore

So I checked my mailbox today…still no burrito. I don’t know why I keep checking the mailbox for a burrito; I know it’s illegal to send food across the pond. Regardless, I keep checking in hopes that an angel has decided to make its way to The Foxbank Pad and put one of those gorgeous beauts in the palm of my hands. Even worse, the thing I call my sister sent me a picture of a burrito she was eating earlier today. Of course she found it humorous when I sent her an angered response, but I promptly deleted the picture so that the pain wouldn’t last long. To further pile onto my big stinking pile of burrito FOMO, the people at Headwrapz created a unique piece of historical art. Hands down, this creation will last forever in the timeless legacy of lacrosse. They created a California Republic helmet, and[…]

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Whats On The Menu?

They eat beans on toast here. Can you believe that!? Beans on toast, who would ever do such a thing. That’s an actual meal here and I’ll tell you what, its awesome. My love for beans has grown to a full blown obsession since I’ve been here. I would just talk about beans this whole blog but the blog patrol might shut me down. So it looks like we will have to have a quick rundown of what I’ve seen as the English menu. That brings me to the top 3 DO EAT’s on the English menu: 1. Fish and Chips: This one is a no brainer. First thing they told me was not to get them at a chinese food place, so I did, and lets just say don’t get them at a chinese food place. Strawberry Pig on Saturdays is necessary post P-Town wins. 2. Pie’s: Also a no brainer. You[…]

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The Poynton Skydome

It’s a well known fact that it rains a lot in England, but it actually isn’t a big issue…until you see the pitch you have to play on after a week of rain. Two weeks ago, I thought there was no way we could have been playing but after a last minute field switch to the skydome in Higher Poynton, the game was on. And no… it’s not indoors… no idea why it’s called the skydome. There’s no way to describe the state of this pitch but I’ll give it a go. The field might as well have been on a 45 degree angle with half of the field covered in ankle deep puddles. How did the lines look you ask? No lines… well, actually there were lines, they were just made of mud. Ohhh I forgot to mention scanning the field pregame to pick up dog poop… have to[…]

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Life and Lacrosse in Newcastle

Now that you all are caught up on the goings on in happy ol’ Manchester including lax camps, New Years in London, and Shenanigans (quality use of the word Shenanigans Alberto), let’s take a look up to the sunny warm North East.  Did I say sunny and warm, my mistake, what I meant to say is something more like rain, rain, wind and oh yah more rain. Nothing quite like having the joy of sitting in Goal to face a combined 9 shots in the driving rain at 35 degree temps (that’s around 2 degrees for all of you on this side of the pond) this past weekend for the Newcastle Knights (which was a 10-2 win to remain unbeaten for all those Newcastle Knights fans out there).  Maybe I’m just still in zombie mode from finishing up first semester with 11,000 odd words over 5 papers due in a[…]

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