Hai Romania!


Euro 2016 is upon us and the world has gone football crazy. For my American friends, imagine the SEC football games where the state teams play each other (like Auburn/Alabama or UGA/Tech). People. are. psyched. There are huge sections of every store that have “HAI ROMANIA” products you can buy.


Pringles…now Pringoooals!

Of course, I bought most of them because I love that sort of thing, and why not? Lidl had a ton of stuff: a 2-pack of tank tops, face paint, a lei, and some wristbands cost me barely anything and now I have all the best Romania swag ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s go team! Do the thing! Get the points! Sports!

I didn’t buy these chocolate soccer balls or players, and I kind of regret it. They remind me of my chocolate snowman from Christmas, Frederick (RIP).


Romania: where even the beers play soccer!

We played three games – France, Switzerland, and Albania. We lost to France and Albania and tied with Switzerland. Even though we won’t advance in the competition, I had a really great time cheering on Romania and getting caught up in the national pride. I even learned the rules of soccer (football) which was finally explained to me on Sunday – it’s more than just running back and forth on the field ๐Ÿ˜›


The Romania/Albania game was very intense. Both teams played very aggressively – one player was injured enough to be carried off the field in a stretcher. I couldn’t sit for the entire game, I had to get up and walk around the room a bit. And by walking around the room, I mean pacing. I had anxiety! and stress! I’ve seen about a million American football games and baseball games and I’ve never been so worried about a game.ย So now I get why people get really riled up about this sport – for the first time ever, I was really invested in the players (and all their mistakes – lol). On a side note, soccer games are a really fun way to learn Romanian curse words.

I don’t think I’ll watch any of the other games of EURO 2016, but I am interested in going to some local FC Brasov games.


Eu sunt 12!! ๐Ÿ™‚



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