This is the part where I am playing the role of the supportive wife. I do not know anything about European football, but Drew does. I wanted to make this a good experience for him and I didn’t want to take away from the fun he was going to have checking out this stadium, so I tried to just suck it up for him, but all I wanted was a shower.
When we arrived in Chelsea, there were signs up on the lamp posts that lined the streets of Chelsea players in action, kicking a ball, or posing. I knew we were close. We found the stadium, and had to have our bags checked for security. Then we made our way to the team store first. We had some time to kill. I checked out all the merchandise. It would be cool, if I was into the sport. Drew ended up buying a shirt. I was happy he got what he wanted. Then we made our way to the field.
When you first walk in there is a guest services counter, we checked and said, “We are actually here for the 11am tour.” he said, “not a problem we can fit you into the 10am tour if you like.” We both said, “Yes, of course that would be awesome.” The tour guide made us all sit down on these stadium seats that were in the lobby. In front of us was the FA cup. Chelsea won this cup the weekend before we arrived. I thought that was cool. We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the cup, but I secretively snapped one with my phone.
Then the tour guide, took us around the field, into the dressing rooms, and the room where the players get worked on if they are injured. It was pretty cool to hear about the team. then I saw this:
I never knew Beckham played for Chelsea. Okay, I am interested now! After the tour, we checked out the museum. There was this room, that was closed in, on the wall were signs with various points on it. There was a soccer ball in the room, so Drew and I kicked around the ball and tried to see who could score the most points. I was trying so hard to be the supportive wife.
After the museum, we were supposed to have lunch that we bought with our tickets to the tour at this one diner, but it was closed. However, they partnered with this swanky upscale looking restaurant outside of the stadium. I forget the name of it. We were able to order off their menu and it would be included.
When we sat down at the table, I was so tired. I needed to shower and that is all that I could think about. I am sure Drew felt the same way, but he channeled it differently, as always. I am the overly dramatic one. The waitress came over to take our order and I was in the middle of powdering my face. I felt so gross. I said, ‘You have to excuse me. I am not myself right now. We just had an 8 hour flight, our hotel room isn’t ready yet, I haven’t had a shower yet, and I am a mess.” She laughed and said “no worries, I understand. I have had that happen to me before too.” I was craving a burger. We both ordered a burger, fries, and a coke. They serve lemon with the coke! What a fabulous idea! I never thought to ask for that before.
After lunch, we made our way back to the hotel where our room was ready! When we arrived back to our hotel, we checked in, and they gave us our keys. The front desk woman looked like she about had it with us. I couldn’t wait to shower.
Once we got to our room, we showered, and I got comfy clothes on and laid down in the bed. While I was waiting for Drew to get out of the shower, I flipped through the channels on the television and tried to find something interesting to watch. I found this show called Gogglebox. It is the funniest show ever! British families hanging out watching television and commenting on various shows. This camera, or camera crew is set up in their living room, taping their reactions and the things they say. It was hilarious.
When Drew got out of the shower, and got into bed with me we watched the rest of the show. We laughed so hard at their comments regarding the Royal Wedding. A woman was crying and her husband told her, that she wasn’t being very British and she needed to have a stiff upper lip. She said, “No, Harry wants us to cry.” He did this whole thing on mental health and he doesn’t want us to hold our emotions in anymore.” Drew and I both laughed. There so many other funny statements in that show and reactions to various shows, such as the BBC show about Jeremy Thrope, which was so scandalous. The other show, they commented on was Jamie Oliver’s 5 ingredient cooking show. Where you can make these recipes with just 5 ingredients. The one guy said, “Where I am going to get clams in a landlocked county?” Drew and I laughed so hard. At one point, we turned off the television to go to bed. We have a busy day tomorrow.