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Family and friends

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After nearly 2 weeks of travelling around Poland it was finally time to head to my hometown to see my family! Kendall, my dad and myself barely made our morning train from Poznan to Lublin as for some reason the departing platform was changed last minute. Luckily the train was delayed 20 minutes or so so we made it on with a few minutes to spare (first time ever that I was happy for a delay). The train passed through Warszawa where my dad departed as he was heading to the Greece vs Russia game the following day. Kendall and I continued onto Lublin.

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Poznan – Euro 2012 – Italy vs Croatia

Croatian fans

Just as with the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, I had to experience at least one game of the Euro 2012 Soccer championships. Tickets were hard to come by and quite expensive for the Polish games so Kendall and I had to settle for the Italy vs Croatia group stage match in Poznan. We killed two birds with one stone as not only did we get to see a Euro match, but we also got to visit Poznan for first time.

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Krakow and Zakopane

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The day after the opening game in Warsaw Adam, Mark, Ashley, Kendall and myself had the bright idea to jump on a train and head to Krakow for a few days. Suffice to say we weren’t really feeling our best that morning… Adam had had an incident involving gravity and a monument the night before, Mark and Ashley had just arrived in Poland the previous day and were a tad jet-lagged as well as a bit hungover (not a good combination), as for us, we were also a bit hungover but felt considerably better than everyone else.

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Warszawa: Friends and Euro 2012 Opening

Fan zone

Back in 2007 when Poland was announced as one of the host countries of the second most important soccer tournament in the world, I made the decision that I would do whatever it takes to be in the my home country for the tournament. This past June, my dream was fully realized and I got to experience Poland hosting its biggest event to date.

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