Monday, June 19, 2006


Thanks for all the nice comments about the last post. Comments are what make blogging worthwhile. Carl once told me something along the lines of, "I like when you post pictures, they make the blog better." Translation: Your writing sucks, let the pictures tell the story for you. Here are some pictures from the trip so far:

Munich Fanfest Posted by Picasa

Empty train station at 6 AM Posted by Picasa

This was the morning that I arrived in Berlin without a hotel. I was delirious and took a bunch of random pictures. I kinda like this one and the clock proves that I was there at 6 AM.

Big ad in the train station Posted by Picasa

Fountain in Berlin Posted by Picasa

Berlin Fanfest Posted by Picasa

I couldn't get many good pictures here since I went so late at night but believe me, the Brazilians were loco.

Cologne Fanfest Posted by Picasa

Cologne's fanfest was awesome but they closed it for the 2 late games because the noise was too much for the church. Crazy church-goers. Don't they know it's the World Cup?

The Dom from the East Posted by Picasa

View of Cologne from the top of the Dom Posted by Picasa

I actually made it to the top of the South Spire. It actually wasn't that bad. I was out of breath and my heart was racing wildly but I never once felt like I was going to puke or collapse. Woo-hoo!

Jason, in front of a meter of beer Posted by Picasa

The beer glasses look small but believe me, the meter gets the job done.

Karaoke IN A MCDONALDS!!!! Posted by Picasa

Possibly the highlight of the trip(almost as cool as the game). During the day, since we thought we were going to watch the US-Italy game on TV, Jason and his friends drove to Landstuhl to get some bags of ice for mixed drinks. For some reason, Europeans don't believe in ice. Jason realizes halfway that I can't get on base since I'm not carrying my passport so they leave me at a McDonald's while they go buy the provisions. I walk into the McDonald's and hear "Ironic" by Alanis Morrissette being sung with a slight German accent. I investigate and find a full Karaoke Bar attached to the McDonald's. It appears that you can get a happy meal AND belt out some Karaoke at the same time! They even had a smoke machine and a disco ball. I was floored and was so excited that I could barely talk but I still managed to snap a few pictures.

The streets of Kaiserslautern Posted by Picasa

Me and Jason, sweating after running to the stadium Posted by Picasa

Opening Kickoff! Posted by Picasa

Me, Jason, Monique(The ticket provider) and Justin Posted by Picasa

Hard core guys sitting in front of us Posted by Picasa

Gooch and Eddie Johnson salute the fans Posted by Picasa

I seriously can't begin to describe the game. It was just too cool.

Tomorrow I leave Jason's place and head back to Berlin to meet up with my friends Sasha and Rob. They arrived on the 17th and they're staying through the Final, leaving on the 10th. I'd like to stay longer but the WSOP beckons and I'll have to watch the later rounds back in the USA. I do have conditional tickets for the US for the quarterfinals and beyond so IF we beat Ghana AND Italy beats Czech AND we beat Brazil in the round of 16 then I'm going to fly back here. Gooooooooooo Nats!


sarahbellum said...

Translation: Your writing sucks, let the pictures tell the story for you.

Yeah, well, you need to get a new translator. Your last post was your best writing ever!

Carl is spot on though... the pictures do add a whole nother dimension to the story.

brian said...

awesome pictures, and description!
thanks dude.
yep, the previous post made me cry too.
especially sitting here looking at your picture, 6 year old, in your cub uniform with the badge "Boy Scouts of America"
seems like you continue to gather inspiration for the big pay back.
love, pops

cc said...

Great shots, Brandon.

Anonymous said...

Not very nice of you to say that Jason was sweating after the gallop to the stadium. By the looks of it, your monstrous forehead is the only one glistening in Kaiserslautern.

I must say, however, nice pics.

Anonymous said...

BTW, excellent last post. What makes it even better is that Tito Santana submitted it to Reader's Digest or whatever publication. Awesome.

Anonymous said...

I am truly jealous. you are the man and the fact that a lot of people in your situation wouldn't look at sports that way and tend to ignore the reality of life, especially when in another country. Good to see that you are fully aware of your place in the world (at least for now) and that you appreciative of what other people in the world do for humanity, I wish I could say the same about myself. Bra-fucking-vo