Wow! The atmosphere here in Cardiff was electric! This relatively small city was pegged as the host of the biggest annual football (soccer) match in the world — the UEFA Champions League Final. Arguably the two best teams in professional football, Real Madrid and Juventus, battled it out for the right to be champions of Europe.
I had the luck of seeing fans of each team flood the streets. Chants were loud, restaurants packed, and excitement was building for the big game. I watched in a pub jam packed with Juventus fans, and the tension (and pride) was palpable. A booming chant for the starting lineup began the festivities, as my friend and I found a perfect spot with a view of the big screen.
A wave of visitors fill up this main street before the game
Although the team I was supporting – Juventus – fell short by a score of 4-1, I will never forget watching that game in Cardiff. Sure beats how I watched last year’s final – sitting on my couch alone in the middle of the afternoon!
Juventus fans fill the pub
After a wild weekend, it was time for my first day at work. I will be working on the digital team within Admiral Insurance’s larger recruitment group, researching candidates and analyzing social media efforts to optimize how roles are filled. I am hoping to learn the hard and soft skills necessary to contribute to a big business, and develop my ability to create strong professional relationships with my co-workers. Day one was a success, and I look forward to getting acquainted at work in the coming days!