Thursday, June 30, 2005

My Big Fat Greek Adventure Part 3


Panathinaikos FC Stadium Part 2
Originally uploaded by slamducky.
Crooning on my STEREO: Boys and Girls by BLUR

It SUCKS being single and a football enthusiast. It SUCKS being a FEMALE supporter. It SUCKS when you look obviously like a TOURIST checking out foreign soccer grounds.

Thus I am referring to my lone adventure to Panathinaikos FC STADIUM in Athens. I know shits about this team, I can't even name 5 players in the first team. But because I hear about them so constantly in UEFA, I felt obligated to check out their grounds.*

LITTLE DID I KNOW THAT IT WAS LOCATED IN A NON-TOURIST AREA.

I am speaking about a residential precinct beautifully influenced by Britain's MILE END**. Greek Version that is.

So one sunny morning, I hopped onto the Metro to a remote stop called AMBELOKIPI. With a city map in my hands I was wandering around the area like a lost sheep. There were no other tourists so I obviously stood out as an estranged chink tresspassing alien property. Locals were gawking at me like wolves.

Suddenly a dodgy looking bloke on a scooter TRAILED me.

FUCK!!! I THOUGHT.... I SENSE TROUBLE... TROUBLE... TROUBLE....

He stopped. I stopped.

Speaking in horrendous English he confessed he had been stalking me since I got out of the station.

DAMN. I THOUGHT. I AM A VICTIM..VICTIM...VICTIM...

I decided to be honest. I said I couldn't find the footie stadium. (I really expected him to club me with his helmet.. ) God willing he gave me the right directions and I found my way there within seconds.

BUT SHIT.

THE STADIUM WAS THE UGLIEST PIECE OF CONCRETE I HAVE EVER SEEN.


Like, fuck, it looked worst than a third world training pit. Graffiti, rotting cement, and lambasted walls... Its as though someone fired the place with a canon. I took 30seconds to get some quick snaps before another stalker decides to run me down.

See? I told you it downright SUCKS to be a single female footie fan. No hunky boyfriend to escort and protect you from foreign wolves.

For the past god-knows-how-many years I've been doing this shit ALONE. PAHHHH!!!!!


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* This is a custom for all my European travels, visit every goddamn stadium. Panathinaikos wasted my precious 2 Euros on the metro...dont expect it to look like Nou Camp.

** If you live in London, you may realise that Mile End is not quite a lovely place to hang around unless you wish to be gnawed.

20 comments:

Caracola said...

oh pooor Lyn! u gotta find urselve a boyfriend! maybe in Spain leh? they lurve football as much as u!! and yeah! Nou Camp is the bomb! jajaja!! kiss cutie! ;-)

eyeris said...

i guess its off season. apparently, if you go for matches between panathinaikos and olympiakos, you get to walk among riot police....

vincent said...

Heh...I don't think many people can name 2 people in the first team. I can't.

Yng Lyn said...

Caracolacolacolacolaaa... i will make that my summer mission!! :) hahah!!! Someone who looks like Reyes will be nice...

Eyeris: wahhh riot police???? that is wayyyyy cooool!!! we can start a riot partaaaayyyyyyy
nah, dun wanna risk death......

Vincent: Actually.... me too. *scratch scratch*

Kunstemæcker said...

I never thought Nou Camp to be anything spectacular either. Or that something one must not say?

Yng Lyn said...

haha yeahh actually Nou Camp is just mammoth.... not really that great to look at....
HIGHBURY IS THE BESTTTTT

Kunstemæcker said...

I don't know what's wrong with me but on every post I write I seem to forget one word. Just one word every bloody.

ty bluesmith said...

awesome story!!

Yng Lyn said...

kunstemaecker: nah.. didn't realised till you post it.... every bloody.....

tblue: cheers! ;)

Caracola said...

Allo Lyn!! how was ur trip apart from long? happy to be home i bet! i catch ya on the yahoo msn!! take care! kiss*kiss lah!!

Anonymous said...

wow,it is awesome that you went to panatanaikos stadium and highbury.
you know, that is why i think lyn is a girl you only find in once's dreams,absolutelly perfect.

viva football fanatics everywhere

i have only read of going to those stadiums
probably you will met your reyes soon or a look a like

pedro

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