The Great American Pastime

I can’t believe it… I went to a baseball game and I didn’t like it.

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I LOVED IT!!!

Now I must admit, it wasn’t just the pure joy of baseball, but a sweet concoction of amazing friends, good food, and the best seats in the stadium.IMG_1412 We indulged into Wisconsin cheese curds, fries, and of course: HOT DOGS. Delicious!  By the way, did I mentionIMG_1396 the tickets were free. Given to us by Marisel’s host dad, who was given extra tickets from work. God doesn’t stop blessing us. Some one had told us the tickets were good after looking at our seat numbers, but even they did not know they were THAT good until we actually got to the stadium and the staff redirected us to the Legends’ Club. Padded seats, servers who will take your order and a perfect view of the Minneapolis skyline at sunset. I don’t think it gets better than that to enjoy the great American pastime (and by that I mean baseball… 🙂 )
I had no clue about baseball, except that there are players; the one pitching throws the balls, the one batting tries and hits it. Usually there is running involved (please correct me if I’m wrong). Luckily, our dear American friends were able to explain the simpleIMG_1392 rules of the game to us, which helped me understand what was going on. A little bit more than just hitting and running. Besides just watching the game, we clapped along to the songs, cheered, booed and went nuts over a steal, that wasn’t counted. COME ON!

What is the ultimate goal of a baseball game from the crowd’s perspective? I don’t know for sure, but I’m going to guess it’s catching a foul ball. And FullSizeRender 5boy did they deliver… And not only that, but we got to take a picture with the mascot, sit in the bronze glove in front of the stadium, take touristy pictures, and above all, enjoy a great evening. Conclusion: baseball is definitely not the fastest game out there, but going with great friends makes such a difference. Even they said it was one of the best games they have ever been to, even though our team “The Twins” lost. Again 😀 Next on the American sporting event to-do-list: basketball and high school football in the fall.

This week I have been preparing for my second trip to Chicago to finish my credits. This time we are driving down (about 6 hours) and will hopefully get to enjoy nicer weather… Unlike last time. No matter what happens, I’ll let you know.

Love, Sophie x

Road Trip in America

Most of you can guess what I was up to last weekend. That’s right, saving a baby racoon. Well… not really. I just watched my sister’s sister-in-law to-be, Lindsay, save a racoon from a trap and set it free in the forrest. And of course posed for a picture with her.

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You all know what I really did. Yes, road trip down to Ohio. 11 hours each way, not including gas stops. Of course I couldn’t do it without my travel buddy, Marisel. We took her host dad’s “state farm mobil”
IMG_1361and left at midnight after only 3 hours of sleep. IMG_1302Next state, Wisconsin. We only realised on the way back how beautiful this state is with its rolling hills, forests, fields and endless sights of roadkill. BIG roadkill. Not roadkill like I’ve ever seen in Germany (the usual is a squirrel or maybe a fox), but here you see deer, female deer, and they ain’t no drop of golden sun. Anyway, we drove far, a longer way to run. Ok, I’ll stop now 😀

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Spot the Coffee

The state after that: Illinois. Right around Chicago to avoid the morning rush hour and tolls. Not much to see. We did drive through Chicago on the way back, but I won’t bore again you with my new-found love for this city. I’ll do that in two weeks when we drive back down for the second part of our Au Pair course. I’m hoping to eat deep dish pizza and go for a ride on the big ferris wheel by the beach.

And another boarder: Indiana. We stopped to get Starbucks in Indianapolis after a long stretch without coffee. I seriously think I’m addicted. Should I be worried? Almost there… finally: OHIO. I couldn’t post any of this because I was planning on surprising my newly engaged sister, Lilly, after not having seen her for eight months.

As the video shows: it totally worked. We got to spend time together and I even got to help her search for a wedding gown. So special. 🙂 IMG_1315Her fiancés family is wonderful. It felt like a little piece of home away from home. They are crazy, in the best way. Also, Marisel and I got to introduce them to Culver’s. Have I mentioned it’s the best fast food I have ever had? No? Well it is 🙂 Anyway, we had an amazing time there and can’t wait to come back and perhaps get the chance to shoot a gun. Yes, you heard me. As crazy as this may seem, it’s on my bucket list. Along with some other crazy stuff we don’t have to discuss right now. 😀

My final thoughts on road tripping through the US (sshhh, no one mention that I changed the subject): It takes a lot longer to get to where you want to go, because your stuck at the speed limit of 70mph (110 kmh) at the most. I mean, seeing the condition most of the roads are in, I’m not surprised… potholes galore! I didn’t mind paying tolls if it meant that the road wasn’t bumpy. Maybe this is just the midwest? I’ll have to do some more road tripping and find out for myself. The other thing I find a little strange, is having to exit the interstate to get to a gas station. In Germany, they are usually incorporated into rest stops on the side of the Autobahn. Now I would argue that this saves you time, but we have to go inside to pay… There are ups and downs to everything, not just the American potholed roads. 😉

Watch out for next week’s post: A European’s perspective of Baseball. A little documentary on the Twins game I will be attending next week for Marisel’s birthday. Should be fun, not sure about the baseball though…

Love, Sophie x