This post is part of the Souvenir Stories series, where I share the stuff that takes me back once I get home.
FIFA fever is rampant, and many of my travel friends, including Jamison and George have high-tailed it to Brazil to take in the action. I don’t think “World Cup” has made it to my “legend-wait-for-it-dary” list yet, but I am a little sad that I’m not in a country that is more passionate about (proper) football.
Sure, here in DC I can find all sorts of bars showing the matches but it’s just not the same as being in a country where the entire population has gone nuts. I enjoyed the 2010 Cup from Panama City, where I played $1 blackjack while football blared from every corner and the action at the sports book rivaled any I’ve seen in Vegas. That was fun, to be sure, but my favorite football memory isn’t from the World Cup at all.
2 years ago my visit to Tenerife coincided with the UEFA Euro Championship. Coming off back to back wins, Spain had a lot on the line. Fortunately, they delivered a smashing defeat to the Italians.
I viewed the match from a cliff-side bar just outside my hotel with a group of local families. Between sips of Ron de Miel, I joined in the celebration, no matter that my football knowledge consists of “don’t touch the ball”.
Getting gas on my way to the airport, I spotted this glass offered for 1 Euro with a full tank. I just couldn’t resist, even though I knew a gas station cup ranked among the sillier souvenirs I’ve collected over the years. I’m so glad I did as I cheer on Team USA with my gas station glass… filled with Ron de Miel on the rocks.
Have you ever bought a souvenir at a gas station? Please share in the comments.