OK, I've been TOO serious these last couple of days, so I'm going to just play around, and see what happens...
Back in my High School days, I got a chance to tour the world for a while with a select international soccer team.
We first met in Denver, and practiced as a team for a week, then flew off to London. Once there, we were bussed to Liverpool, where our "home" field was going to be located.
There, we drilled with some of the world's leading soccer coaches, and learned quite a bit about what we DIDN'T know about the game.
Then came the exhibition matches.
First, we played at home. We lost. BIGTIME. can you say 8-1? Yeah, in soccer terms, that's a blowout.
Next, Arsenal. That one was closer, and we only lost 3-2. Still a pretty high-scoring game, but a good match.
Then London. This one we actually came out winning 1-0! We were stoked, and ready to face the world!
This turned out to be a good thing, because we then went on a MAJOR travel exposition, jumping from place to place.
From London, we went to Helsinki. Then to Olso, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Geneva, Prague, Madrid, Rome, Athens, Jerusalem, Cairo, Johannesburg, Sydney, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C.!
The only places we didn't go that I really wanted to see as well were the Central and South American countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, etc..
Anyway, I honestly LOVED the time we spent.
My favorite city? I'd have to say Prague. It was AMAZING.
The architecture, the music that was EVERYWHERE.. The history, all in one place.
Not only that, but it was so CLEAN for a large city.
Most of the other places I'd been to were quite dirty.
Rome? Don't get me started..
Athens? Crowded and dirty.
Cairo? In the middle of a desert. Need I say more?
Anyway, it was just amazing. Free time was available from time to time, and so we'd get in small groups and go sightseeing.
Geneva would have been nice to visit for a longer period of time, but we basically went in for the game, and then right back out so we could make the deadline for our Prague appointment...
Madrid wasn't too bad, but since I don't speak Spanish, it was kind of tough to find someone willing to speak with you!
Since that time, I've always wanted to go back, yet I haven't had the chance yet..
Maybe someday I'll be able to.
Until then, I'll live with the memories, and dream of what could be!