The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon is held each June at the All England Club in London. To say it’s a tough ticket to get would be an understatement.
However, former Trigg County teacher and coach Rick Larson will be making the trip this year, and we’ll be bringing you updates from his trip on our web site – cadizrecord.com.
Here’s an intro from Rick ... ahem ... Coach Larson:
I’ll leave Nashville airport at 12:05, change planes at JFK and fly Norwegian Air to Oslo, Norway, arriving at 10:50 a.m. the next day (June 22) for an 11-hour layover. The “Flytoget” train runs the 38 miles from the airport to Oslo in 22 minutes for about $25. I plan to take the day exploring Oslo. There’s a Viking ship museum there that has some of the oldest preserved ships and artifacts from the period that’s popular.
At 9:50 p.m., my flight leaves Oslo and arrives in Copenhagen, Denmark, at 11 p.m. Interesting that on June 22 that far north, it may still not be dark. I’ll take the metro from the airport to the Generator Hostel. It’s only $50 for a bunk in an eight-bed dorm-type room. This Hostel is actually a chain with locations all over Europe and is always rated highly on travel websites. The flight to London is on a regional airline called EasyJet – $55 for the hour flight. Since the flight doesn’t leave until 8:50 p.m., there will be time to explore some of Copenhagen. I found a bicycle tour of the city called the “Bike Mike Tour” that’s supposed to hit the highlights. Sounds pretty cool.
There’s also a train that goes across the Oresund bridge into Sweden. There’s a town called Malmo just across the bridge, but about 20 minutes north is a university town called Lund that’s supposed to be very historic.
So two days after leaving Nashville, I’ll arrive at London Gatwick airport at 9:45 p.m. and take the metro (the tube) to a dormitory at the University of London on the west end. The room is actually private for about $75 a night.
For Tuesday the 24th, I bought a train ticket to Liverpool and reserved a spot on the “Magical Mystery Tour” bus for a two-hour tour of Beatles history and landmarks. Definitely a bucket list item for me.
As for the Wimbledon tickets, I entered the ticket lottery last October and was shocked to get the e-mail in March informing me that I’d been selected to receive two tickets for Court 1 on June 25. All-day access to the grounds, which includes courts 3 through 18 as well as all matches on Court 1. The tube ride is about 45 minutes to the nearest stop and a short shuttle bus ride to the complex. This is a top-five bucket list item!
For Thursday the 26th, I bought a ticket on the Eurostar train to Brussels, Belgium, for the day. The Eurostar leaves London, passes under the English Channel into France. At Lille, the line turns north to Brussels and south to Paris. The train travels over 100 mph and makes the 220-mile London to Brussels run in two hours.
As amazing as the trip sounds to me, one part I’m looking the most forward to us the return leg. My flight on June 27 leaves Heathrow at 1 p.m. and arrives in Reykjavik, Iceland, at 3 p.m. For some reason, I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, so why not now? A night at the Guesthouse Bina is about $85 and sounds like an interesting local bed and breakfast type place. Even though I won’t arrive until the afternoon, I’ll have plenty of time to explore since in late June the sun rises in Iceland at 3 a.m. and sets at midnight. Only three hours of darkness!
The next day, I’ll leave Reykjavik at 10 a.m., connect again in New York and arrive back in Nashville at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday the 28th.
I plan to post pictures as I go on my Instagram account. My username is wheresrick.
Larson, a retired principal, worked for the Kentucky Department of Education as a math consultant in 2012-13 and served as a substitute in Webster, Hopkins and Crittenden counties in 2013-14. He currently lives in Clay.