May 28, 2012
The UAB men's soccer team trip to Holland is winding down. Rising senior forward Kofi Gyawu submitted the final blog entry about his team's experience during the trip.
Our stay in Holland has quickly come to an end. Each day here has been a great experience and one we will always remember.
We saved the best activity for last. Yesterday, we woke up very early so that we could spend the entire day in Amsterdam and attend the soccer match between Holland and Bulgaria.
We got on the bus at 9:30 a.m. and started our ride to Amsterdam. When we arrived we got on a boat and took a canal tour around the entire city. This was definitely one of the most interesting and insightful events of this trip. When the tour was finished we had a couple of hours to walk around the city before we left for the game.
At 5:30 p.m. we all got on a bus to head to Ajax Arena. The majority of us were wearing Dutch national team jerseys that we had bought earlier in the day.
When we arrived at the stadium there were already many thousands of people decked out in orange surrounding the stadium. There were many pre game events going on so the atmosphere was exciting.
An hour prior to kick off we entered the stadium to watch the two teams warm up. The first half was mostly controlled by the Netherlands and a great goal was scored by Robbie Van Persie.
The second half was a little different and Bulgaria ended up scoring 2 goals and they won the match.
We got back to the hotel very late and quickly went to sleep because the bus departed for the airport at 5:30 a.m. today. We are currently at the Detroit airport waiting for our flight back to Birmingham.
Our ten day stay in the Netherlands was enjoyable in many ways. We got the chance to experience a new language, new food, new culture, and a new style of soccer. This trip was also great for team bonding as well.
In a few hours we will be landing in Birmingham and our trip will officially be over.
See you soon Blazer fans.