Have you seen Apocalypse Now? If so, you might understand the italicized monologue below…
[Kenosha….shoot; I’m still only in Kenosha. Every time I think I’m gonna wake up back in Europe.
When I was home after my first trip, it was worse…I’d wake up and there’d be nothing.
When I was there, I wanted to stay; when I was here, all I could think about was getting back to Euorpe.
I’m here two years now…waiting for the trip…getting softer.
Every minute I stay in K-town, I get weaker, and every minute Sparky gets in front of a microphone, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around the 1250 studio walls moved in a little tighter…]
OK, that’s enough. You get the picture. And just so we’re all on the same page, I am not terminating a renegade colonel’s command. There will be no use of violence on this trip, folks…
Like Captain Willard in Apocalypse Now, though, I have been itching to get back to Europe for the last two years. It was an adventure like no other. Seeing some fascinating sites between London and Barcelona, I walked away from that trip with a few new friends and an addiction to European football (soccer)…and now, I cannot believe I’m going back for a second time!
This Thursday night, I depart on a gigantic 777 from Chicago. For the next 18 days, I will be traveling between three different cities across Europe – London, Munich, and Barcelona – with the main of objective of watching as many football games as humanly possible. Yes, in Munich, I will see a Bayern Munich game at the Allianz Arena. Likewise, in Barcelona, I’ll see my third ever Barca game at Camp Nou. However, in London, anything goes at this point. Due to the rescheduling of games because of the English FA Cup clashing with the Premier League fixtures, there’s nothing set in stone of what I’ll see just yet…stay tuned, though.
When I’m not watching football games, I’ll be seeing the sites, such as the Tower of London, the Dachau Concentration Camp, and the La Sagrada Familia (just to name a few).
And obviously the food will be outstanding as always…fish n’ chips in London, tapas in Barca, and…wait for it…SCHNITZEL in Munich!
Sorry to rub it in, guys, but I’ve been so excited to go back since signing up for the trip last summer. If you ever have an opportunity to travel overseas, please do it…put it on your bucket-list if you have to…
The trip is being operated through Carthage College’s (my alma mater) J-Term program. Although I’m no longer a student, I’m going back on this trip as an advisor/chaperone type deal. Outside of knowing my professor and his girlfriend, I know none of the 13 students in this group. I’m looking forward to meeting everybody (especially the ladies).
I will do my best to blog about the football games I see, as well as the places I tour. If you’re interested in what I have to write about, continue to keep your eyes peeled on the 1250 Facebook page, www.sportsradio1250.com, and my Twitter account @RadioJoeZenzola for my next blog. While I know most of Wisconsin could care less about European football, I know there are still some die-hard fans out there…you know who you are.
Oh, and by the way, while I was traveling on the last trip, the Packers won all of their games to advance to the Super Bowl. On the day I flew home, that was the day following the Packers domination of the Bears in the NFC Championship game…If you’re superstitious, use my upcoming trip as a sign of good luck…