The things we do for…

by Poi on April 4, 2011

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Football. Before we set off on this trip I wrote about how we might have to cancel travelling. Well by some miracle this is still a problem we are having to deal with.

Tottenham hotspur football club managed to qualify and top their group despite being put against last years champions Inter Milan. This left us with a problem, a tie against another world class team, AC Milan. Due to take place while we were meant to still be on Don Det Island in Laos, no cable or wifi available.

It was a tough call but we had been on Don Det a week and done just about everything we wanted to. It was decided, we were going to Cambodia in search of cable TV.

Two days later we cross the border and get dropped off in Stung Treng, after a quick check of the guidebook we decide to head straight to Ban Lung on the afternoon bus. We tried to book ahead into our first choice hostel but it was full so instead we rang the poshest hotel in town who promised us wifi in the room and a TV lounge open all night, neither of which turned out to be true.

First time at Wembley Stadium

The last time I saw Tottenham play – almost two years ago at Wembley Stadium – we lost

After arriving we explained to the chap at reception what we had agreed earlier on the phone. Once clearing up that I definitely meant 3am and not pm he said I would have to wake the night staff up who would let me I the building. I’m sure the guy was over the moon when he found out.

So now the important bit, was it worth it? Coming into the game Tottenham had a 1-0 advantage from the first leg so even a draw would do. I woke the guy up at 2:45am and he quickly unlocked the door and rushed back to bed without saying a word. Kirsty had kindly agreed to get up with me (I made her) and we watched a fairly even game finish 0-0 – we won!

Definitely a good choice to watch the game, afterall who knows when we’ll next be in the champions league. I’m also sitting by said hotels pool writing this which isn’t bad either.

The crazy things we do for football, it’s only a game!?!


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jill- Jack and Jill Travel The World April 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

We were hiking in what one might say the most beautiful mountain regions in the world: the Canadian Rockies and we were running and stumbling our way back to town on the last 2 miles of the hike so we could catch Germany vs Argentina in the last World Cup. We made it. And the 4-0 score made my scraped knees worth it.

Some games are not just only games, you know? 🙂
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Poi April 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

I know, looking back I would have been so gutted to have missed the game – the right choice for sure!

Sounds like you made the right call as well, great result.


Erica April 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I really wish I was more into sports. 🙁
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Poi April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

You now support Tottenham Hotspur Football Club – you’ve been to London so….


Dan Collins April 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm

So now Tottenham have… 3 fans? 😛
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Poi April 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

I’ve just given your room away…


Dan Collins April 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

You can’t do that! I bought myself some new curtains and everything for it!
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Anthony April 5, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Haha I admire and empathise…totally.

I don’t care if I am in Thailand, China, South America, wherever…

..when I am on my trip NOTHING will stop me watching Newcastle hammer Sunderland!!!

Good luck for the Madrid match,mate! Bale vs Ronaldo, could be tasty!
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Poi April 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

I should have replied to this comment earlier because now I’m in a bad mood -I got up last night, no channels were showing the game and I couldn’t find a feed anywhere and of course we lost.

BBC live updates just don’t cut it – I basically got up in the middle of the night to be angry for two hours


Anthony April 11, 2011 at 2:52 am

Aaah mate, bad times! You would have just been frustrated watching it. I was shouting for Spurs, but the Portugese winker prevailed once again! (He is awesome though)
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Poi April 16, 2011 at 11:42 am

I managed to watch the second leg, in the middle of the night when we had a plane to catch the next morning, not as bad but bloody Gomes put a bit of a downer on things!


Natalie April 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I am not into sports so yeah, I will say the crazy things people do for football!!
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Kirsty April 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

I agree!!!!


ayngelina April 6, 2011 at 12:19 am

It’s only a game! You are crazy my dear.
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Poi April 6, 2011 at 10:41 am

I wish I felt the same it would be a lot easier, Tottenham and the Tour De France are my only sport interests.


Joel April 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’ll do insane things to make sure I catch Le Tour. Like get up at 4am.

It wasn’t quite such a struggle, but I got to watch the SuperBowl on my first day in Manila. It was on at 7am, so I couldn’t check in to my room for a while (I landed at 5:30). Worked out perfectly, especially with a sports bar only a couple blocks from my hostel – showing the game and barbecuing burgers and dogs.
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Poi April 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That sounds perfect and not just the BBQ for breakfast – I need to find me a Tottenham supporters club in Bkk.


Tom Volpe April 6, 2011 at 1:32 pm

There are some times that you really wish you didn’t bother aren’t there. I suspect I found the only bar in Sierra Leone showing England playing Ireland in the 6 Nations the other week. That really wasn’t worth the effort!


Poi April 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

It’s true but you know the one time we don’t make the effort we’ll miss the game of the year…


Adam April 7, 2011 at 12:17 am

Sports are very important, and yes, we are crazy for the things we do sometimes, but hey, when it’s your passion, what are you going to do? When we were ending our RTW and deciding which exact date to come home, one of the most important considerations was when the baseball playoffs started. I missed an entire year of baseball, and if we were coming home at some point in October, I was fine with cutting it a bit short to get home in time for the playoffs. We had already been gone a year anyway. 🙂
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Poi April 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I would have done the same thing Adam, I knew I could count on you to agree!


Shelby September 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm

My boyfriend is a big football fan, but I don’t even think he would have gone through that much trouble to see a game (he enjoys his sleep far too much). You must be really obsessed. Are you that crazy for the sport in general, or is it just Tottenham? Happy traveling!


Poi September 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Just Tottenham, I’m not that much into sport at all really, just my beloved football team.

Usually I wouldn’t have been quite so concerned but for once we were doing well and it was a big game!


Andy Mack March 20, 2015 at 10:17 am

I’ve had this problem for the last 17 years of the Champions League, so think yourself lucky that you don’t follow a really good team like I do!!!!!


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