Notre Dame Football this year has been a great joy – adding spice to my Sunday mornings as our Shanghai Club met at a bar to cheer on the Irish. We were in luck that Notre Dame had an unprecedented number of night games this year which made watching possible. The last game of the season was against USC and we had a monumental turn out at Camel Bar to cheer them on.
I’ve met lots of interesting people through the club here – my first week in Shanghai I met the then club president and since he and his wife have remained close friends. Other ND alumni have popped up at different times over the last five years and I know that it’s a community that I can always count on.
This game was different in that people brought their families and we had lots of kids running around. Normally 9am on a Sunday morning doesn’t lend itself to family time, but for such a momentous occasion ND fans were all out in spades. It is ironic that even though I lived in Chicago for over 5 years, I was never connected to the club there, but now, halfway around the world it is one of my touchstones.
Go Irish! I’ll be cheering them on at the beginning of January to hope for the final win in this already great season.