EVG in Germany

Monday, June 19, 2006


I'm not really even sure where to begin.

After Black Monday, we headed up to Amsterdam for a 24-hour stay. When we arrived, I successfully navigated the streets of central Amsterdam in a rental car, nearly every second almost hitting a biker or driving into a canal. Good fun, regardless. We stayed in a beautiful room overlooking the Liedesgracht canal and enjoyed everything Amsterdam has to offer, including the local "cuisine."

On Wednesday, we drove to Köln. On the way, we took small German backroads, stopped so Ilan could scope out a real life windmill and even bought strawberries from a roadside stand.

In Köln, we stayed with Bianka and her two kids. Bianka was Ilan, Orly and Ari's au pair for a little more than a year back in the '80s. She was a great host and her children were wonderful too. After Germany beat Poland on Wednesday night, we partied in the streets with everyone. (Someone forgot to tell them it was only the second game of the tournament.)

Did some sightseeing on Thursday, and Friday too before we decided to make a side trip to Luxembourg. Let me say this now, and I want to make it clear so I'm going to say it in big letters on a separate line.

Someday go to Luxembourg, even if just for dinner.

We made it to the center of the capital city (also called Luxembourg) for dinner by about 6:30 on Friday evening. We had an amazing meal -- Orly and Ilan ate something delicious called the WHAZZZUP, which the barman sheepishly admitted was named seven years ago after the Bud commercial. It involved two burgers, some kind of great sauce and an omellete on a roll. It was fantastic. I had a salad... but, since I am in Europe, I had them put steak and chopped bacon on it. So good.

As we left the restaurant, a student concert band was warming up in the courtyard, and as we walked past they started their first song. It was instantly recognizable as..... "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt. Except played as an instrumental... by Luxembourgian kids... without those inane lyrics and in a totally mellow style... it was GOOD. Like Right with a capital R. I have a video of about 30 seconds of it on my camera. I wish I could post it for you. It's just amazing.

After a few hours in Luxe, we hit the road for the three-hour drive to the next shitbox hotel. We didn't leave anything in the room this time and everything was fine.

There was the Italy-US game on Saturday, which was great. If you saw it, you know how well the U.S. played and hopefully you could hear us singing on TV. It was LOUD in the stadium and the team was SO MUCH better than against Czech Republic. If things go well on Thursday, then the U.S. would play Brazil next Tuesday. That, as you might imagine, would be very fun indeed.

Now we're in Büdingen/Dudelsheim, staying again with Raffi at the home where he grew up. Today and yesterday we've seen some nice schloßs (castles) and invented the sweet new German TV game show, Schloß oder Dom oder Fabrik oder Barn, coming soon to a German TV channel near you.

Until next internet cafe...


At 12:49 PM, Anonymous TJ said...

I can't believe I made the effort to translate that.

Hurry home. The board is a festering miasma of viagra and cheap travel offers.

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous fwwank said...

Good to hear you've rebounded nicely from the Gelsenkirchen debacle. I trust the fare in Amsterdam was deee-lectable (I hope you thought of me as you drooled on yerself).

Go Italy


At 12:02 AM, Anonymous bsowers said...

I shit you not: In honor of your trip, I woke up early on a Saturday morning just in time to see Italy do our scoring for us. Next game: we put one in for ourselves!

At 9:39 AM, Anonymous Mehdi said...

Damn you TJ now I have to go look up miasma.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Teabag said...

Good luck in the next game.
Me and my son Alex will be right there with you all.

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Teabag said...

To get you in the mood for the new season here are the fixtures till early Dec.

Aug 8/9 Champions League 3QR 1L
Sat Aug 19 Aston Villa H
Aug 22/23 Champions League 3QR 2L
Sat Aug 26 Manchester City A
Sat Sep 9 Middlesbrough H
Sept 12/13 Champions League matchday 1
Sat Sep 16 Manchester United A
Sat Sep 23 Sheffield United H
Sept 26/27 Champions League matchday 2
Sat Sep 30 Charlton Athletic A
Sat Oct 14 Watford H
Oct 17/18 Champions League matchday 3
Sat Oct 21 Reading A
Wed Oct 25 Carling Cup 3
Sat Oct 28 Everton H
Oct 31/Nov 1 Champions League matchday 4
Sat Nov 4 West Ham United A
Wed Nov 8 Carling Cup 4
Sat Nov 11 Liverpool H
Sat Nov 18 Newcastle United H
Nov 21/22 Champions League matchday 5
Sat Nov 25 Bolton Wanderers A
Wed Nov 29 Fulham A
Sat Dec 2 Tottenham Hotspur H
Dec 5/6 Champions League matchday 6
Sat Dec 9 Chelsea A

At 9:57 PM, Anonymous TJ said...

A, please please please turn off the guest posting on the board until you get back. We'll live without Blue Mike for a while.

At 4:51 AM, Blogger TheEVG said...

Guest posting on nygooners is turned off. I'll have more about the last few days of our travels and the U.S. debacle soon...


At 12:24 AM, Anonymous fwwank said...

c'mon now Aaron...


do your part.

At 12:25 AM, Anonymous fwwank said...



At 12:26 AM, Anonymous fwwank said...

ok...I suck at the internet


copy n paste.


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