So I’ve lived in the UK for well over 18 years but have somehow managed to miss out on experiencing something as quintessentially English as afternoon tea. What is it you ask?
Despite being a massive sports fan, I’ve never managed to get into cricket. It’s not something I’ve ever watched on TV, mostly because it always seemed to me to be a slow game with complicated rules. It didn’t seem all that accessible. There also seems to be so many different versions of cricket. And what’s with the tea breaks?
Regardless, it doesn’t seem fair to judge a sport I’ve never given a fair chance to, and so, decided to go experience it first hand for myself. I’m rather lucky to live near one of the most famous cricket grounds in London, The Oval, and tickets are plentiful and easy to purchase. If I remember correctly, for a regional match, a single ticket (a game lasts over 3-4 hours) costs less than £25.
I managed to pick up some of how the game of cricket is played, along with the rules and scoring system as the afternoon wore on, mostly by eavesdropping on the excited crowds around me. I actually started getting into it at one point, and particularly enjoyed the pyrotechnic display that happens whenever a team scores. 🙂
If you’re ever in London, and fancy experiencing something as English as can be, try cricket for a jolly good day out. 😀