FIFA World Cup Soccer Tourney
A bit of good news first: I recently obtained my temporary residence/work permit to teach English in Germany! What a road! I’ll save that saga for a future travel journal. Today I want to tell you about World Cup Soccer – or Football. Whatever!
Important notes for this journal. Memorize these images; there will be a quiz later.
This is what the German flag looks like:
And this is what Germany’s soccer uniforms look like:
As most people know, Europeans, the English, and others around the world scoff at us Americans because we use the word ‘soccer’ instead of ‘football’ to describe the sport they play in the World Cup. I just want you to know, without going into sordid detail, that the word ‘soccer’ was actually coined IN ENGLAND in the 1860’s as a shortened version of ‘Association Football,’ their soccer organization. ‘Assoc. Football’ easily became ‘soccer.’ Since Americans were already evolving another game they liked at the time called football, soccer has been used in our country to define the round-ball version.
OMG, people, I realize I left out the best part of the apartment story!
Remember (and I know you remember because you hang on my every word and commit it to memory) that the first apartment I looked at in Bamberg was a one-room studio overlooking a courtyard in a semi-industrial area. Across from the apartment was a fitness studio that was being built out and would open soon. It was this construction that made the area look not quite so beautiful when we looked at the room.
Anyway, I had been so disappointed that I didn’t get this place. But, of course, now I have the larger place in Bischberg and that’s working out fine.
After I left Munich on March 27 I caught a train to Linz, Austria. I had never been to Linz before and it was a midway point between Munich and Brno in the Czech Republic where I would meet my friends the following Monday. I wanted to check it out and also book a hotel with internet and maybe get some work done.
I stayed in the Park Inn Linz, which I would highly recommend to anyone. I was able to book it through Expedia and it was fantastic! This brand new four-star hotel had a café, restaurant, room service, and the best staff I’ve encountered in a hotel in a long time.
On my way back to my room the previous day (March 25), I’d noticed a very large church across the street from the hotel in Munich. Later in the day I’d stepped inside on an impulse and seen the most intriguing mosaic entranceway! I resolved to come back the next day when I had a little more energy and presence of mind, as well as lack of jet lag.
And so I did. I made a couple of sandwiches from the provisions I’d gotten the day before, stowed them in my bag alongside my camera and set out to get some photos. I knew from the map that there was a river on the other side of the church and hoped to find a good spot for a picnic on this warm, sunny spring day.
I landed in Munich on 25 March 2010. I have to say that I was not as tired as quickly this year as last during my journey, but by the time I collected my bag and got out of the airport, I was nearing zombie state. I managed somehow to find my way to the subway and board the correct train for the main train station where I then managed to board the correct connection and get off at the right stop for my hotel. I will say, however, that I totally wish I had just gotten a taxi. It would have SO been worth the extra Euros.
I am posting this from my new place in Germany! Or, more accurately, my very old place in Germany. It has been somewhat of a roller coaster ride to get here, but I guess in the grand scheme of things, it was a little roller coaster.
I left the States on March 24 (seems like more than five weeks ago) and landed in Munich. After a couple of days there I spent the next couple of nights in Linz, Austria. After that I met my Czech friends in Brno and spent a couple of weeks with them, including Easter. All this you will read about in subsequent travel journals.
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that my book is ready. There are 24 pages and nine recipes. There are lots of travel stories and photos from my trip earlier this year that journaled here. The price is a mere $12.99 for a hard copy and $9.99 for the downloadable version. I’m so glad I got this out there so you’d have an option to buy it for the travelers, photographers, writers and readers, not to mention cooks, on your holiday shopping list.
You can buy it on Amazon.com.
Right now you can only buy it online – and I want to assure you that the web site is very secure and very reputable. I did my homework so you wouldn’t have to worry. Later, probably in December, you will be able to buy a copy at the Progress Energy Art Gallery where I work. I will let you know when that happens. For now, check it out online.