June 4, 2009
The Loyola College men's lacrosse team is currently on a ten-day trip of Europe which will take them to four different countries-Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland-to play five matches, all while taking in the beautiful sights. On Tuesday, the team visited Manchester, where they had free time to explore the 'Second City' and participated in a clinic with the Metro Lacrosse Club in Stockport. Below, rising junior Nick Disimile (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) blogs the action for Loyolagreyhounds.com. Please check back to this site throughout the week for more updates.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009, by Nick Disimile
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND- Today we had a great day, the Juniors and Seniors basically had the whole entire day to themselves to explore Manchester. Since this was the first day we could really sleep in, most of the team took advantage of it. After waking around 1130 we decided to make our way into Manchester City Center.
I wanted to do most of the exploring in a small group so that is what we decided.Me and three other players took the half hour bus ride and found ourselves in a city that looked as crowded as New York City. When we first arrived we got a quick bit to eat at Subway then as we were leaving the food court we saw what looked to be like a gigantic Ferris wheel. My buddies and I decided to pay the 5 pounds that took us on a 12 minute ride were we where able to see the whole city. We were all nervous about doing this but after we really did enjoy it.
We then walked across the street and made our way into a huge shopping center/mall. We all were looking for some football jerseys and were able to find them. This mall was like anything I have seen in the states, it was absolutely huge. We spend the next couple of hours just walking around, shopping, and taking pictures.
After this we ended up meeting up with some more of our teammates and going to a local pub for a bit to eat. The food was great and we were able to just relax before catching a bus around 6 pm to head back to the hotel. Once we got back to the hotel all the Juniors and Seniors went on our coach bus and headed to meet up with the rest of the team who was holding a lacrosse clinic for the Metro Lacrosse Club in Stockport.
We all had dinner here as a team and spent a couple of hours just hanging out they showed us some great hospitality here. We then made our way back to the hotel and arrived around 10 pm. Everyone was pretty exhausted so some players got some more food and others went right inside to end their night. This day was a lot of fun because we had a lot of freedom to just explore and do our own thing in Manchester.