Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Past Vacations #16: Notre Dame 2004

The wife is a Notre Dame grad. This automatically makes her a Notre Dame football fan. In 2004 we got tickets to the Notre Dame-Purdue game.

We flew into South Bend, IN on Friday and were picked up at the airport by my father in law and one of the wife's nieces. They had driven in earlier from Iowa. We checked into a hotel where we were going to share a room. That evening we met with some of the wife's ex-students before going to the pep rally.

On Saturday we drove in and parked our car and tailgated. We then walked into the campus and the wife gave us a tour. I took a few pictures that can be found here. The campus is beautiful. Students and fans were milling about. Bagpipers played. Food was served and consumed. Souvenirs were bought at the bookstore. A grand time for all.

Before the game we listened to the Notre Dame marching band and followed them into the stadium. Unfortunately, the game was confirmation of my curse - Notre Dame lost. I don't remember the score. I think I blocked it out of my memory. After the game we went to Mass on campus. The church was packed. After Mass we went to a sports bar where I had one of the best chicken sandwiches I've ever had.

The next day we flew home. This was a short one but we had fun with the Father in Law and Niece.

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