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About Paul Gerald

I am the author of several books on hiking, camping, eating breakfast and chilling out. I am also a freelance travel writer, publisher, hiker, and inveterate traveler.
Outside the Holte End at Villa Park.
Jan 13, 2016

Touring Villa Park

I’ve been to games at 30 English soccer stadiums and toured about a dozen of them, and I think my favorite is Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club. That’s even more true now that I’ve toured it. It’s big, it’s old, and it’s classy. I like their colors. I like their tour guides. […]

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Jan 11, 2016

Stadium Tour at Birmingham City FC

I love touring English soccer stadiums – as much to meet the tour guides as to see the actual stadiums. This is particularly true at, shall we say, second-tier clubs like Birmingham City. There is just no denying that, of the four big clubs around Birmingham (City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton) the […]

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Jan 10, 2016

Recovery Share: The Curse of “It’ll Be Okay”

When I was growing up, there was a phrase I heard a lot in my family: It’ll be okay. Of course, a lot of times that’s what you call encouragement, soothing, or just plain comfort. When you’re crying or upset and an elder tells you it’ll be okay, they’re saying “Hang in there, this will […]

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Jan 08, 2016

Leicester v Manchester City

Seeing a game at Leicester City these days is almost a spiritual experience. Have you ever been to a game where your team was getting crushed, all seemed hopeless, and somehow they started coming back to life? And then they got back into the game, and then momentum kicked in, it seemed everything they did […]

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Jan 07, 2016

Seeing a Game at Notts County FC

Sometimes, at places like Notts County, English football feels like single-A baseball. After catching a Boxing Day game at Brentford in London, I rolled into Nottingham on December 27 sick as a dog – head cold, migraine, exhaustion, the whole thing – so I gave in, skipped the planned game at Nottingham Forest and took […]

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Dec 30, 2015

Planning a Trip to Watch English Soccer? Consider Staying in Nottingham

We take a break now from my trip around England to watch soccer games, and instead offer a little photographic tour of the city of Nottingham. At least, this is what I managed to see of it in a couple of walks. I spent basically one of my two days there being sick, and part […]

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Dec 28, 2015

Recovery Share: Go Ahead and Be Sick

Lately I seem to keep coming back around to acceptance. It’s a fine place to come to, of course, but the fact that keep I “coming back to it” means that I keep “getting away from it.” In this case, it’s about being sick. But as always seems to be the case, this little situation […]

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Dec 27, 2015

English Soccer Tour: Seeing a Game at Brentford FC

When I think about telling Americans how to watch soccer in England — and especially when I think about bringing Americans to games here — it’s honestly places like Brentford that I think about. Never heard of Brentford? Join the masses — outside of England, that is. They currently play in the second-tier Championship, they only […]

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Dec 23, 2015

Christmas in London: An Evening Walk in the West End

Christmas in London is pretty darn magical, especially on the lit-up and crowded shopping and entertainment streets of the West End — and the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Here’s a gallery from a walk I took one evening in December, 2015. To go through them all, click on the first one, then just keep […]

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Dec 23, 2015

Some of the Characters You’ll Meet at an English Soccer Game

Since the last English soccer game I attended, Fulham at Bolton, was in some ways quite a bummer, I spent the time making notes on the various characters one encounters in the stands at a match. And so, my (mostly) American friends, allow me to introduce you to the many faces of the English soccer […]

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