There’s a symmetry to my long farewell arriving at the Aviva today and Ireland v Scotland in the Six Nations Rugby Championship.
And here’s me full-throated and fully tanked getting into the spirit of it… https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7LM0FaU5rDw&feature=youtu.be
Scotland and Ireland are, of course, the two countries that are in my blood.
I’ve developed it as a mantra on my travels to go where the locals play and pray.
I’ll do the praying bit tomorrow… well it is Sunday, but today it’s five of the best of Bandanaman at play.
Judy’s a smasher
Quinto da Lago, Portugal: Tennis (and dancing) lessons with Judy Murray, and padel, the squash-tennis hybrid beloved of John Terry and Max Evans.
Paul McGinley’s Golf Academy where I knocked it into the next country.
And getting my name emblazoned on my back at The Campus, the hi-tech training camp used by Premier League and international teams.
And visit https://www.quintadolagocc.com/en/special-offer-winter?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgOuMk7-t5wIVx7HtCh1z6wW-EAAYAiAAEgLkYPD_BwE.
Get your skis on
Austria: Trudging down the black run in Soll after getting off the gondola.
And hammer and nail games in the Whisky Muhle bar https://www.wilderkaiser.info/en/soell/info/whiskey-muehle.html. Soll Mates.
And tearing the arse out of my trousers sledding In Ehrwald with Topflight https://topflightforschools.ie.
Racing with goats
Tobago: As you do… it’s their Cheltenham, and my goat is Bandanaman, obviously.
And racing (well, crawling) with crabs, the animal that is, not the ailment.
And swimming under the waterfalls. https://www.visittobago.gov.tt/go-experience
Meet you at the ball park
America: In the batting pen at the Washington Nationals https://washington.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvqm8-cet5wIVmKztCh36xg_8EAAYASAAEgLLX_D_BwE, Easy DC,
Inside the Colorado Rockies stadium in Denver https://washington.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIvqm8-cet5wIVmKztCh36xg_8EAAYASAAEgLLX_D_BwE and at the game at the Los Angeles Angels https://visitanaheim.org.
With my cheerleaders at the Denver Broncos Go West and with Wildwing (don’t ever call him Donald) at the Anaheim Ducks.
Get on your bike (or car)
Cycling up the most used route on the Tour de France!!
On my trip to Lourdes (I’ll get onto the praying tomorrow) and the Pyrenees https://visitpyrenees.com.au and The Lourdes prayer.
MEET YOU AT THE GAME