Saturday 31 December 2016 - Sunday 1 January 2017
The last few days have been really weird to me. Both December 31 and January 1 were already full with appointments celebrating the new year and catching up with remote friends who were visiting our country. On December 31, I was trying to find a travel companion but my closest darts friend couldn't get free from work and I couldn't think of someone else who'd like to join me visiting the darts. I had already booked an hotel for one person when my brother in law said he'd like to join me on the trip. On New Years Eve we booked the ferry from Calais to Dover, but in the haste we booked tickets from Dover to Calais on Monday and back to Dover on Tuesday. Later that night, I discovered this mistake and corrected the booking which cost us an additional £10.
On New Years Day, we were busy visiting the families to wish them all a very happy 2017. Mine couldn't start any better, but I just needed to find some time to prepare for the journey. It wouldn't be before the start of the first semi final that I was able to start packing. I also had to finish some stuff for work to be able to take a few days off. Finally, I had to set up an emergency cellphone since my own phone had died after dropping it on the floor earlier this day. The match between Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld had already begun before I was able to watch it.
Tomorrow, I'll travel to a railway station near my brother in law's home. He'll pick me up and together, we'll drive to Calais where we'll take the boat to Dover. We have planned to arrive some 4 hours before we can enter Alexandra Palace, so no worries for our schedule once we've crossed the Channel.