Friday, June 3, 2011
It is time for my annual journey to some mad corner of the world to engage in my personal obsession, which is following the Irish soccer team. I have been to Israel, South Korea, Japan, Faroe Islands, Bulgaria and many other places to follow the Boys in Green. On Friday morning I am flying to Dubrovnik, Croatia. But the match isn't in Croatia. But for no other reason other than to have an adventure we (6 of my friends) are driving in a van from Dubrovnik into Montenegro, into Kosovo (and possibly into Serbia we are not sure yet) before we reach our destination which is the Macedonian capital Skopje where on Saturday the Irish soccer team take on Macedonia in a crucial European 2012 Championship qualifier. It should take us about 12 hours on the road. I hope along the way to take many photos of a political nature which I can share with Gubu World readers. I am very excited about driving through a part of Europe whose recent tragic history I have read so much about. I am not sure if I will see many things of relevance to the recent wars but I will be in constant look out for memorials and war damage. We fly back to Dublin on Monday from Dubrovnik. If I have time on Sunday I will pay a visit to Mostar inside Bosnia, which was the scene of many battles between Serb, Croat and Bosnian forces. It doesn't look like I'll be tweeting because it's too expensive but I really will try to do a post from over there. Wish me and the boys in green luck.