Week 3+4

I am sorry that i have not posted anything in awhile. But there were not too many things to report. Everyday is the same, coming in at seven, doing laundry, folding stuff, doing more laundry, leaving at nine, going to bed.
I am still happy to be here and having that chance, but I am here for a month and I am starting to miss things. Some only a little bit, others a lot. Driving, food and people are things I knew before that I am going to miss them. There are other things you would never think of that I miss like working out at DNS, a comfortable chair, TV and the german language to name a few. But the thing I miss the most is the nature. I miss walking the dog, because nothing is in walking distance, you always drive. I miss the saar river, the Mississippi is so dirty. I miss green trees with leafs. I miss the cool wind and the sound it makes going through the trees. I miss the space and freedom, because I spend all day in one room. And I miss breathing as crazy as it sounds like. You cant take a deep breath because of the humidity, the air feels kinda heavy. Can not really explain it.
The most important thing I learned is the appreciation of what you already got at home. I remember Ingrid telling me before I left how good life in Germany is and I doubted it and thought that america is better for some unexplainable reason… That has definitely changed. She will probably remind me of that every time we have different opinions…. Made her day. Anyways, this trip is eye-opening. I might have not learned too much about football, but a lot about myself.
GO GERMANY… C ya soon 😉


Second week

The days come, and the days go. We reach the point where everybody knows that we are in camp. That means that you loose track of the date and the day. Everyday consists of two practices, no changes. You feel that everybody is pretty tired and you really wish for some time alone, because you are around the same people all day long. I would love to take a walk in the forest or sit on a porch and listen to the quietness, but there is neither one around. I am still doing a few different tasks every day, which is good, because it is not getting too boring. Do not get me wrong, i am still enjoying my time and i am happy to be here, but it is way tougher than I would have thought. The food is probably the worst. You get every day pretty much the same and it is not good at all. During the practices, I am doing chain-crew most of the time and other than that, i am doing the attendance checking at the meals.
On wednesday, I had enough of the same people and all that wasted time I have during my breaks. I went to the equipment room and ask if they need help after everybody else declined it. The thing I learned, they always have something to do for you. I helped them with laundry and practice preparation.
It finally feels like working. I do not know why people still think I came for doing some form of vacation and not to work, which is pretty frustrating. It also feels good to be around older and more matured people who also have some clue about the sport they are working in, not like the other guys. They also really appreciate the help. I don’t know how often I heard thanks in the last week, but it was not too often. Today, i heard it at least 30-40 times, not that I need it, but you get an idea about the importance of your help.
It is unbelievable how much the fact that I am from Germany helps me. Everybody keeps me in mind. Most of the people I met kept me name in their mind. The ones that forgot it, still remember me as the german guy. I kinda feel like the circus attraction… in a good way. I always hear “ hey, did you met the german guy yet ?“ And then I will get introduced. It is funny how people react to that, but definitely helps me to leave a mark, because they remember my name and background first, and then my good work.
At the end, I keep myself busy and that pays off right now and will in the future.