Goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman is undoubtedly the biggest character in Newcastle's dressing room, and the stopper has spent the past week keeping United fans up to date with the goings-on during the Club's tour of Germany and Austria. The final instalment sees Woody reflect on whitewater rafting, weight issues and the Magpies' final game...
The last time I wrote, we were on the way to go whitewater rafting. I hope you've already watched the video on nufcTV because that shows you what a great experience it was.
It was all about team bonding, everyone had a smile on their face and everyone took part, apart from Steven Spielberg (Demba Ba), who had a slight injury.
We had to pull together in the rafts to get down the rapids, and although one or two of the boats capsized, it was good banter for the lads. There was a competitive edge creeping in too, with everyone trying to beat each other down to the bottom.
We then finished off without boats and swimming down the rapids, which was difficult with Cheick on your back all the way down! In fact, I've never seen Cheick smile so much, so he obviously enjoyed it!
That afternoon doing the rafting proved - if proof was needed - just how tight this group is, and I think that's massively important.
We win together, we lose together, we laugh together and we will have sad days together when things don't go quite so well. But, most importantly, we will be together throughout and days like that reflect this.
In the evening we continued the bonding by going into Munich, where all the staff and players had a lovely meal together.
As a bit of an initiation, the manager asked Bigi to do a dance for the lads, which I have to say he was pretty impressive at. However, I had set the tone about 20 minutes earlier with a few moves of my own, and I'm sure he was just copying me!
The real initiation for Bigi and Romain is still to come though. I'm going to drop it on them that they have to sing a song in front of the whole group.
It's a pretty common initiation tactic at a number of clubs, but what I may do is tell them tonight (Saturday) and then they've got until we are in Portugal to think about their song - and panic!
On Friday night we flew to Vienna, where we are based for our final game, against Fenerbahce, and it was an interesting flight here for me.
Before we took off I got approached by the air stewardess, who told me I had to move towards the back of the plane to even the weight of it out!
I mean, seriously, in front of 40 people!?!?! She could have at least whispered it! It killed me, and there are a few bigger fish to fry than me in our party!
But I do think that Steve Harper paid her €30 to get that gag in, so I will be watching him very closely when we fly back to Newcastle...
On Saturday night our tour comes to an end and it has been a very, very good trip. The players are looking fit and sharp, I'm delighted with where my goalkeepers are at, and we are all gelling together very well again as a group.
Fenerbahce will be the toughest game of the three, and that's how pre-season should be. You want a progression in every match and that is what we are hoping for.
It won't be easy. We try to pretend we're not worried about the results and that it's only pre-season, but we're all professional people and as much as we like a laugh and a joke, I can assure you that there won't be one player who is happy to get beaten out on that pitch.
Anyway, thanks for reading over the last week, and keep an eye out on nufcTV during our tour of Portugal later this month as I may well get hold of the camera and go around terrorising a few people!