My weekend in Liverpool was full of many firsts.
- First football game
One thing that was on my England bucket list, and should be on everyone’s, is seeing a football game. My friend Taylor from Liverpool is a massive Everton fan, and he was kind enough to invite me out for the weekend to experience my first football game (yes, I am saying football, not soccer). Now Liverpool has two big football teams:
Everton & Liverpool
Liverpool fans do not like Everton, and Everton fans do not like Liverpool. So just combine University of Florida vs. Florida State University geographically, and University of Florida vs. Georgia hatred wise, and you’ve got this exciting Liverpool rivalry.
Everton was playing Young Boys (from Switzerland), at the same time as Liverpool was playing Besiktas (from Turkey, shout out to all my Turkish friends!). In the middle of the game, the guy sitting about 3 rows in front of us stood up and just started screaming. A couple second later the whole stadium went crazy; Liverpool had just lost their game, kicking them out of the Europa league. Everton won the game, 3-1, making them the only English team to advance.
I have officially decided to become and Everton fan. Seeing as it is probably the only football game I will go to while here, their color is blue (my favorite), and they have an American player named Tim Howard who has an amazing beard, I feel like there is no reason for me to not be an Everton Fan. You’re welcome, Taylor.
- First Full English Breakfast
The next morning we went to breakfast at the Tavern, who’s Full English Breakfast won the Hot Breakfast award of the year. A Full English Breakfast consists of:
-2 Lincolnshire sausages, 2 rashers of lean back bacon (like Canadian bacon), fried egg, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans and toast.
It was delicious.
- First time seeing Liverpool
Now, if you keep up with my blog, this one may confuse you. You may be thinking “Tiffany, I though you went to Liverpool a couple weeks ago?” Well, you go Glen Coco, you would be right! I did go to Liverpool a couple weeks ago, but I never got a chance to actually see the city. But this time, James held true on his promise, and he showed me around the town.
He attempted to explain to me how to get to city center, and I set off, waiting for the 79 bus to reach the last stop where I was instructed to get off. All of the sudden, the guy sitting a row behind me said “Um, I think that guy over there is trying to get your attention.” Much to my surprise, I look out the window and there is James, jumping up and down waving his arms around. I jump out of my seat and sprint down the length of the bus, ask the bus driver to stop, and luckily get off just in time. Good one, James. “Last stop…”
Meet James, my tour guide. He is 22 years old and studying Computer Engineering in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. I met him about 6 months ago on a cruise I went on out of England.
We started out on our walking tour and went through city center, where James gave me some good history behind the new shopping center, and the distinct smells of Liverpool (so he says). We then made our way to the water, and it was my first time seeing water since leaving Florida. It felt good to see some seagulls and look at the pirate ships and boats tied up to the dock. Apart from it being 40 degrees outside, it reminded me a little of home.
Next, we went on one of the coldest ferry rides of my life, where a bird pooped on James. It was so great to be out on the water, and it gave a chance to see the whole city view at one time. After the ferryboat, we went to the Carvern, which is where the Beatles made 292 appearances back in the day.
Our last stop was going to the Anglican Cathedral, which was massive! It was built in 1904 and took 74 years to finish. It was originally supposed to have two towers, but it was later redesigned to have just one.
It’s crazy to think back to 6 months ago when I first met all the guys that live in Liverpool. Had you told me then that I would be visiting them in their hometown, and they would live less than an hour away from me, I wouldn’t have believed you. We all plan our lives, but we never know where our path will lead.
Let me leave you with some famous Beatles lyrics:
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”