Futbol and may be love :)

Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
Trip End May 08, 2008

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

This is the story of my newly aquired love for the sport of futbol...not to be confused with the American version of football...which is being put on the back burner in order to support my new sports craze :)

I have a classmate named Pablo and he is from the Yucatan Pennisala in Mexico. Pablo LOVES the sport futbol, and when he found out that Maastricht had a club team...he went and tried out for it! Low and behold...Pablo made the team and his first game was yesterday! Being the good classmates that we are...and his "American Family" as he refers to us...we had to go and cheer him on! Jessica, Kels, Sarah, Sarah, and I all made shirts, and proudly sported a letter from Pablo's name on our chest for the whole game :) There was a group of 15 of us who went to be Pablo's cheering section and had a great time!!!

The futbol field was about a half an hour walk from the dorms. Once we were done making the shirts, we rounded up the troops and went on our very way. Our group were probably the first American's to touch the soil on the futbol field in a long time! When we got there, the age demographic for the fans was probably somewhere around 40 - 60 years of age. We were definately the young ones by far! We were greeted by a very nice gentleman, and when we told him we were friends of Pablo's...he said "Oh I know him, he's the Mexican". Pablo is the only Mexican on the team, and is somewhat of a celebrity for it! The game was very exciting...and even though I had no clue what was going on, I had a great time. When Pablo was put in the game, we took off our coats to flash our shirts, and became he's rowdy American fans. His teammates gave him a hard time, because he had only been on the team for two weeks and already had a larger fan base the any one on the team! Pablo's team ended up winning the game....and we were soooooo happy for them! We got to cheer and holler, and be rowdy Americans, and everyone was soaking it up! After the game was over, we went into the clubhouse, and had a few beers with all of the fans. We felt like we were the celebrities then because everyone wanted to see our shirts, and wanted to talk to the crazy Americans! After the team was done showering, Pablo came upstairs, and we got to hang out with him and with the team, and soak in the glory of their win. Every futbol team has a in the mafia....and we even got a picture with the godfather!!!! After hanging out for a while we decided it was time to let Pablo have fun with his teammates, so we headed back to the dorms. The club reminded me of a bar you would find at home. Everyone is friends with everyone, and this was definately justified, because when we went to leave, the entire bar waved us good-bye and told us to come back soon! If that doesn't give someone warm fuzzies, I don't know what would :)

The futbol field is located on the Belgium border, so we had some fun taking pictures of us standing on the Belgium and The Netherlands border at the same time. On our way home, we also saw a gas station, and Kelsey and I got very excited because gas stations are few and far between in this country. We keep finding little things that remind us of home, and it is a great feeling when we stumble upon them :) Another first I experienced was seeing a field. To many, this may not seem like a big deal, especially being from South Dakota....but they have had us cooped up in this city for a month now, and being able to just run aimlessly in that field was sooooo amazing! I don't know if I have ever been that excited to see that much green grass in my life :)

We had the perfect Sunday afternoon, and I hope it is not the last perfect Sunday we experience here. The girls and I are hoping we can wear our "Pablo" shirts many more times before we go home :)
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