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The Iberian Horseshoe — A Journey

Part I. North West

“Fucking Peasants”

Steve Porter
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Lisa was cursing. She was becoming disillusioned with the city and its people. She was a city girl used to London lights and French fashion. Vigo was no place for an Yves Saint Laurent girl. Football fever was sweeping the city. Celta were on a good run in the UEFA Cup, eliminating Aston Villa and now it was Liverpool’s turn. Many of the school’s teachers suddenly became big fans, taunting their students with what the English side were going to do to their beloved Celta. I was quite indifferent to this show of bulldog spirit. As I had never been to Villa Park or Anfield, why not support the locals in their quest for European glory?

The local TV station was showing pictures from downtown Vigo, where the fans were drinking and singing late into the night after eliminating Liverpool. Even Jill’s sense of humour had temporarily disappeared as a Newcastle United flip flop bounced off the TV screen.

“Fucking peasants,” said Lisa again.

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