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Deutschland: August 1 - 13, 2007

Aug. 13th, 2007 | 06:33 pm
location: Internet Cafe, Göttingen, Deutschland
mood: happyhappy

Tag Freunde!

I can't believe I've been 13 days already. It feels like months, or maybe like I never left at all.
Germany is incomparably beautiful. I think in Canada I blocked it from my mind so it wouldn't pain me everytime I was in Ottawa. But despite the slightly cool weather (August in the North does tend to get cold sometimes) everything is in bloom, all beautiful greens and rich colour.

But important things first: Roger Cicero in Fulda. AMAZING. Omg, I can't even describe how amazing he was, but trust that he is funny, charming, gorgeous, and with a voice that would make angels cry. Okay, maybe not, but Aretha Franklin certainly. Ten times better live! He sang some new songs too, and some German classics. And we had a sing along. I want to marry him.

I don't remember the first day I was here, because I was completely drugged for the flight! But I have a new pair of shoes and some pants, so clearly nothing too untoward happened.

My mother and I have 3 favourite sayings:
1) 'That is the German way' - to explain anything ridiculous we do or say that is so German that it is really inexplicable;
2) 'bling' - because everything is better with it;
3) 'gangsta' - as a result of the awesome, and truly horrible way Germans pronounce English words. Also, my mum uses this word despite being far too white to do so, so it is good for mocking. :)

Really, I have to keep reminding myself I have family and school I must return too - and also that alex_andras will kill me if I do not.

Speaking to my father is a little difficult. We didn't part on the best of terms (for us, that means being upset and not talking about it at length) because the days before I left he was upset that I was leaving and I was frankly annoyed with him. Anyway, I miss him and whenever we speak I get sad no matter how happy I was before calling. It's hard for me to be away from my parents... but I never learned how, so I'm not TOO pathetic. ;)

So. Postcards for everyone are being written. I write too much to fit on a little card though, so they are really letters in envelopes. My English is suffering, actually honestly it is atrocious, but my mother is rather happy about it. The other day I was trying to tell her the 'front' of the shoe she was looking at in the shops was ugly (in English, to not be rude), and because I couldn't remember the word I said 'beginning.' Yikes.

I am watching lots of football, of course: the mini-Bayerns and mini-Arse in the Youth Champions Cup, and the Pokal Cup (*rotfl* at Bayern). And naturally the Bundesliga now that it has started! Herr Beyer, my Oma's boyfriend, and I watch the matches together since he has Premiere. It's really more fun than it sounds; he adores me and possibly would like to adopt me, hah!

Stuttgart completely robbed us with that incredibly sketchy penalty kick. Total give-away. But neither team played too well: Stuttgart can't seem to hold it together without Timo and Gomez, while Schalke was unusually physical under Bordon as captain.

Bielefeld is my new baby as far as teams go! I am such a sucker for the lovely blue and whites, and they have the added bonus of beating Wolfsburg.

Michael Ballack was adorable at the Bayern match! Omg, I told my mother Franz Beckenbauer/Micha was my new crack!OTP (and yes, she really does understand what that means =).

The Schalke-Dortmund match next week is giving me much angst. I would love to go but Gelsenkirchen is a little too far (and apparently a little too ugly for my mother). So instead I am hoping to go to Wolfsburg on the 26 August. Then I can mock Magath in person when he loses! (Ach, I should't say that, I cursed us)

In other totally random news: I am in LOVE with the German theme song from Prison Break. I also found the Männer wie wir soundtrack I have searched for forever, a Schalke trikot (soon to have Kuranyi on the back) and got completely lost in a department store.

I wish I knew of an easier place to get internet, but until I do, comment replies will have to wait until I am at an internet cafe. Possibly after I get back from Berlin. I will be going there for 3 or 4 days this week as a birthday present from my mum - it's my birthday today!
Edit: Going to Berlin instead on the 22nd to the 24th! :)

I am really sorry to miss all your entries. Please, if there is something you would like me to read, anything from family news to writing to just a stupid funny story you think will make me laugh, just let me know and I'll check out your journal.

Know that I miss you all even though it can be difficult when I feel so happy to be home.


Deine Arielle

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FIFA U20 World Cup: Canada versus Chile

Jul. 1st, 2007 | 08:46 pm
location: my couch, at home
mood: anxiousvery very serious and moody

Canada versus Chile from the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto, Canada!

Warning: Gratuitous, unapologetic Pro-Canada flaunting! Chileans, stay away! I feel wildly patriotic today. So grab your poutine, take a seat and enjoy your Canada day!

This commentator comes to you from her, er, couch, at home, in Ottawa. Very close to Toronto, really, except smaller and less obnoxious.

First of all, some info about Team Canada:
Captain Will Johnson has made 3 appearances for the senior team, and currently is on loan to Dutch-land team De Graafschap.

Keeper Asmir Begovich speaks 40 languages*, has a nice nose, and plays for Portsmouth in England.

Edgar plays for Newcastle and has scored against Manchu - another reason to love our team! We hate Wayne Rooney!

And of course, what of their enemies opponents, Chile? Well, there are definitely ... at least 11 players! That's something, innit?

The pressure is on! It's Canada Day, in Canada, and Canada is playing! If you didn't already know this about Canada, we regularly eat Chileans for breakfast, fyi. They taste nice with a little pepper.

First Half:

Canada is playing in the 4-4-2 position. Not even the second minute and Chile has tried to bully their way into a goal, but is not able to get it in.

Lombardo has the ball! Lombardo, incidentally, plays for Toronto FC, Canada's only franchise in the MLS.

Peters tries to grab the ball (and grab the Chilean player) but it's kicked away...

Jackson tries to get a cross but is bombarded by Chilean players.

Nice attempt by Chile but it's way off from the goal. In fact... all of their attempts are easily thwarted by Canada's number one.

Chile has much better possession so far, but that doesn't say much. They're going to tire themselves out if they try to keep up this pace all game.

My dad is trying to analyze the game and he doesn't know much about it >.< STOP DISSING MY BOYS. You can tell my parents aren't Canadian, they don't appreciate our team! God! You immigrants, you don't appreciate this country!

Anyway. Beautiful save by Canada!!

Kick-in by Will Johnson, but it comes to nothing. Good opportunity...

Ohhh, attempt by Chile! Begovich tries to save to the right, but it comes from the left after a deflection! Still 0:0 at 17 minutes.

Beautiful Lombardo touches the ball... please do more close-ups, kthx...

Foul and free kick for Canada - time for us to break through that Chilean defense.

The wind, "apparently" is causing some difficulty. Personally, I think all the screaming Chile fans are causing the problems - YOU'RE IN CANADA CHEER FOR YOUR PEOPLE YOU RACIST BASTARDS.

Canada has some cute moves - who coaches these guys? Thumbs up to whoever it is.

Long-range shot again by Chile, but it's a miss. Possession is like 70-30 for Chile but they aren't doing anything with it.

We are "gathering shadows" according to the commentators. O.o

NOOOOOOOO!! 1:0, score for Chile! WHY GOD WHY?!?!

Canada trails "in its own backyard." Buggershitefuck. WHERE IS OUR DEFENSE GET OFF YOUR LAZY ARSES.

All right, all right. 25th minute. How will Canada respond?

Free kick for the Canucks (those are the Canadians, for those not in know), because the Chileans are fouling bastards.

Plz don't score on your own goal, boys.

The hopes of the nation rest on Lombardo's shoulders. He will be crowned Prince of Soccer. Steven Harper will lay lilies at his feet...


Nice save by Canadian keeper Begovich. But a couple minutes later, a throw to Chile...

And a bad cross by Canada. Challenge to a Medina from Chile, he "falls down" (read: dive) and Chile gets an undeserved free kick. Goes to a corner kick. Canada's defense is all right but the rest - mid-field and forward - is wobbly. Begovich gets the ball.

O'Connor of Canada is cautioned with a yellow card, but he was totally going to the ball! He touched it, ref, you sniveling lunatic!

Insults aside... kick for Chile, dangerously close to the goal. And.... headed away! Whew :P

35 minutes in. The wind is against us, going North to South. Damn you, windy Toronto, and your lakes, and ... things.

Lombardo challenges. Chile plays the ball a little in their defense... Canada has the ball, throw in to Peters.

Wow, Leverkusen apparently just bought Vidal from Chile. I feel that as a personal insult to Canadians everywhere, btw.

Begovich's kicks suck against the wind right now.

And the ball goes right between the legs of the Canadian! WTF?! There are only 3 minutes left, pick it up!

DIVE BY CHILE! WHATEVER! Free kick for Chile because they are DIVERS, the boobs. *pouts* Nice save by Begovich!

And first half is over! At 1:0 for Chile.

Notice about the Canada team that none of them actually sound Canadian: Begovich. O'Connor. Edgar. Lombardo.

Nothing really Canadian, like Maler. That's a lie. My last name is Maler, and I'm German.

*This is an exaggeration.

We're back! And now there is no excuse for the Canadians, cuz we're playing on the other side of the field.

Corner kick for Canada and the stadium explodes! Come on, come on, come oooooon!

Boo, how disappointing.

Vidal goes down - and Lombardo is carded! Looking at it in slow mo, Vidal was as much at fault, he ran in front of Lombardo and was clipped from behind.

Lombardo is "off-side" apparently. Totally subjective, imho. (Other than those rules, but who made those up? Really?)

Apparently Canada's fans woke up or something from their poutine-induced haze because we're bloody loud!

Yellow card again for Canada. CHILE YOU DIVERS.

2:0 for Chile. fdjislafisaodfjdklsa.

Actually it was a nice header. Damn you Chile, and your HEADS.


60 minutes in. Where is the wind where you need it?! I'm sure there's a great Canadian joke about the Natives and wind rituals that could go here, but I'm too mad to make it.

Chile is just too good and we are just too much of Le Suck.

Lombardo is out and Alex Elliott is in.

Come on Will! We have possession! Gogogogogogogogo....



What are the chances Canada will score 3 in the next 30 minutes? I think about 1:1439508439548390547389547389.

You know what we need right now? That probability machine from Hitchhiker's Guide.

DIVE!!! DIVE BY CHILE! He has a "cramp"?!?! THIS IS CRAP!


Chile is offside! OFFSIDE!! Okay, ref called it, whew. *scowls*

Clearly the Spanish ref is favouring the Chileans, their former slaves. Don't you remember the revolutions, ref?! DON'T YOU?! God I hope I haven't fucked my history there.

DON'T give the ball away! Jesus!

70th minute. Official possession is 40-60 for Chile.

BOOK HIM HE DIVED JESUSCHRISTfjksla;fjdksla;dfjkasl;jksla;fjdkslf;djksal!!!!!!

Chile, you are DIVERS, and I hope you get mobbed by angry, drunk Canadians tonight! Srsly, you know why there isn't a game in Ottawa tonight? Because Ottawians are CRAZY on Canada Day. Srsly. No one is safe.


Chilean player gets his ass BOOED as he makes his way off on a stretcher. UTTER CRAP, that's what this is.

The fans are all over it though - he's back on the field, fine of course, but is being booed every time he touches the ball!

Substitution for Chile. Medina is off.



3:0 for Chile.

*dies inside* That killed me to type. We are going to lose, and it's just painful.

Chile, oh, surprise surprise, falls down AGAIN and a Canadian player with a ridiculously long name gets a yellow card.

87th minute. Probably 3 hours of stoppage time added because of Chilean diving.*

Hey, here's a joke! What do Canada and Chile have in common? A GREAT DIVING TEAM. Hahahaha. O.o

1 minute left. Oh joy. 3 minutes added time.

And... this disappointing, pathetic excuse for a match is over THANK GOD. I'm going back to supporting my real team, Germany.

*I exaggerate a lot.

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