Morning: FreeThere are days in your life that you will always look back on. This is one of those days for me. It epitomizes why I enjoy traveling with Tomasin.
Afternoon: World Cup Semi-Final Match at Lansdowne Road Rugby Park
Wandering down the street outside the stadium in Dublin, we dove into a crowded pub. Within 15 minutes, Tomasin had us at the bar laughing and scratching with the locals. I have always admired and appreciated Tomasin's ability to strike up a conversation and connect with random people. This is not a skill that I have.
Heading into the stadium, we had great seats for the game and saw a fantastic match. Australia beat New Zealand by the score of 16 to 6.
The opening try came after seven minutes when David Campese, loitering in the fly-half position 20 meters out behind a ruck, took a pass and set off diagonally left. Baffling the defense, he ignored a gap and continued his diagonal run to score in the corner.
Campese created the second try. Seeing the All Black defense up in Australian faces, Michael Lynagh chipped ahead from halfway. Tearing up the right wing in pursuit of the kick, Campese collected the ball as Tim Horan weaved left and right in his wake. Campese lobbed a perfect no-look Geselbracht pass for Horan over his right shoulder while wrong-footing defender John Timu by looking left. Horan completed the score and Australia were 13-0 ahead at the break. Campese's pass was chosen by Fox Sport as the 'Number 1 Ridiculous Pass of All Time.'
We finished the day with a pub crawl in downtown Dublin. One of my regrets is that we didn't get to see much of Dublin. I need to get back to Ireland and Dublin.
One footnote. The Landsdowne Road Stadium was demolished in 2007 to make way for the construction of the Aviva Stadium. The new stadium opened in 2010.