Thursday, June 30, 2005
My Big Fat Greek Adventure Part 3
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.
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!!!!!
* 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.