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  1. Central America tour

    Aye, some trip that, what an experience. Spent an evening and night in Leiden on the way out, nice place, better option than going into Amsterdam. Panama City was nice, interesting sights, Casco Viejo, Panama Viejo, Miraflores Locks, the Causeway. Doubt I've sweated so much at a football match in my life though and that includes all the ones I played in. That was some pre game show by the Panamanians too. Stayed in La Fortuna in Costa Rica for three nights. Could see a volcano from my hotel room door, swam in waterfalls, kayaked past crocodiles, hiked volcano trails, walked hanging bridges over a forest canopy, watched a family of monkeys swing through the trees, saw sloths, odd red and blue frogs, snakes, iguanas, etc. Brilliant area to stay in, so much to do, and going by other people's photos and stories it's not the only area in the country like that. Would definitely like to go back and do a bit more of Costa Rica some time. Locals (and Venezuelans, who seemed to make it up most of the bar staff in Panama) were superb, so friendly and helpful. One example, we got a taxi from La Fortuna to La Fortuna waterfall a few miles outside of the town. When we got there the taxi driver wouldn't take any money but gave us his phone number, said to give him a call when we were ready to go back, he'd come pick us up and we could pay him then. Had some lovely craft beer which was unexpected. San Jose was a bit of a kip as hughes18 says, (ATMs shut down at 10pm to try to cut down on robberies) but by that point I'd already done more than expected on the trip so it didn't really matter. Couple of brilliant days' and nights' crack on the piss in San Jose around the Costa Rica game. Decent performance vs Panama, lacked any quality in the final third. Costa Rica were better than Panama, NI played very poorly, odd kick off time and the conditions were not a good combination for the the second game. Hard to see what MON learned from the two games but that's probably not the point. 26 hours door to door to get home.
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  3. Central America tour

    Just passed the California, there's a few in it. Getting some food and will likely head there myself soon. A few guys I know have been using Uber and its been OK, local buses are alright and dirt cheap. There's loads of taxis about (and their horns certainly work), bet they all disappear later. I think that mall was maybe suggested as its not that far from the ground and also away from the main road flow of traffic for the stadium. And its effing hot today, no idea how anyone could play football in that.
  4. Central America tour

    Traffic is crazy so getting to and from the ground will take a while. Nowhere has been agreed as a meeting point but there's been a few fans in Bros and Beers and California Kitchen last couple of nights, so will probably be the same this afternoon.
  5. Central America tour

    Watson at the City Airport now as well as William Cherry and quite a few of the squad.
  6. Central America tour

    BT has a story about NI based Liverpool fans making the long trip to Kiev...
  7. Central America tour

    The link in your post says a certificate isn't required but also lists Panama as a country with a risk of transmission, so it's not clear. When I went for vaccinations last Friday the doctor checked what was needed and yellow fever was included as I was travelling to Costa Rica from Panama. I'd rather trust a doctor than the Internet...
  8. Central America tour

    Head's up, you need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if travelling to Costa Rica via Panama, don't think you need it if you're just doing Costa Rica (depending on your flight route). Vaccination isn't available on the NHS either, so stings the arm and the pocket.
  9. Central America tour

    Nothing in the email. Lead block bookers have until 19th April to express an interest and will be notified of priority booking information no later then the 23rd of April.
  10. Central America tour

    Yes, I got an email about an hour ago.
  11. Central America tour

    That'll be an odd experience.
  12. South Korea

    We've got another one in September....
  13. South Korea

    You'll have to go in via Boucher if that's where the Kop entrance is. You're better going via Apollo Road from Adelaide station to Boucher rather than by the Windsor footbridge and Olympia Drive. There's a walkway at Adelaide which takes you to Apollo Road, then down past M&S and onto Boucher.
  14. South Korea

    If you mean via the gate opposite Olympia Street then that should be OK. It's the pedestrian access to the leisure centre beside the old Midgely Park gates/at the corner of the old Olympia 3g pitch which has gone.
  15. South Korea

    There's no pedestrian access from Olympia Drive to the leisure centre/back of the Kop at the minute. So if you were planning on cutting that corner to save 5 or 10 minutes walk, be aware you'll have to enter via Boucher Road.