During the summer of 2009, my soccer club was fortunate enough to send a team to an international futbol tournament in Barcelona, Spain. It was such a cool experience playing teams from all over the world and learning about their cultures and playing style. The tournament had both a guys and girls division so we got to know some other teams (particularly the Greek boys ?).

Our American team was definitely a favorite. The Swedish girls were definitely the prettiest but I believe we provided a nice combo of decent enough looks and soccer skills, plus personality. ?? We had three boys teams loudly cheering for us by the end…I forget which countries but this was a good stroke of ego as I entered my senior year of high school.

Anyways, soccer. We placed 3rd in the tournament, but I placed last for documentation with any decent photos. I must have relied on my mother for all the good ones. Or I just wasn’t that cute in high school (still got dates to prom tho). But here are the few from my first trip to Europe:

The fields were in the hilly Spanish countryside. Some fields were so close to the edge of a hill (the field would practically be walled-in by the hills), so that made some throw-ins difficult.  The fields were in the hilly Spanish countryside. Some fields were so close to the edge of a hill (the field would practically be walled-in by the hills), so that made some throw-ins difficult. Opening ceremonies, everyone reppin their country  Opening ceremonies, everyone reppin their country Visited Barcelona's primary place of worship - the FC Barcelona stadium. More than a club..  Visited Barcelona’s primary place of worship – the FC Barcelona stadium. More than a club.. With my legendary soccer coach. Look at that baby high-school-ness With my legendary soccer coach. Look at that baby high-school-ness

We were randomly there for the Tour de France during one of their first times in years doing part of the race through Barcelona, so we watched it from outside Barcelona in the country so we were literally standing on the road for it and they blazed past.  We were randomly there for the Tour de France during one of their first times in years doing part of the race through Barcelona, so we watched it from outside Barcelona in the country so we were literally standing on the road for it and they blazed past.

young girls with young boys ?  young girls with young boys ? The Greek boys ? The Greek boys ?

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