Saturday arrives and it's game 2 for me - so a slightly later breakfast but in time to walk down to the stadium to support Penarth in the early game. No luck for them again but a much improved showing. My game this time was with Jorge Santos (POR), another new pairing. Probably more to manage in this game than yesterday but it passed with no incidents, and just the 1 green card. Stayed upright again (getting the hang of this now), and after a debrief it was time to slap on some more suncream and take in the rest of the days games.
Saturday evening was the official dinner, which was conveniently in the restaurant of our hotel. As expected, the cuisine was interesting and the whole evening was sponsored by vodka. Ironically, the hosts kept telling me to be careful, and "vodka is dangerous", whilst simultaneously refilling my glass at any moment they could! After the third one (ish), the glass went under the table...I'm far too British for that!! After some speeches and welcomes from local dignitaries, we were treated to some traditional Ukrainian singing, which was really very good, enjoyed by the whole group.
Appointments time - game 4 for me tomorrow involving the hosts, so looking forward to a lively atmosphere.