I don’t want to sound entitled or spoiled when I say, “Ugh, I have to go to Germany again this weekend. It’s forecasted to rain all week also? WHY WHY WHY?”
I think I can speak for about 90% of players when I say, I HATE PLAYING IN THE RAIN!
Well, while a paintball vacation for a week in a European city is more than a lot of people would dream to have the chance to take, things tend to seem bleak after weeks of back to back events culminates at a venue used for nearly a decade straight that has always been plagued with less than delightful weather. I think I can speak for about 90% of players when I say, I HATE PLAYING IN THE RAIN! I leave the last 10% for those odd balls who just love to get messy and love to just say F it, lets have some fun. I know those players exist, because I was one of them when I was in my mid teens and I know that Alex Fraige still is one of those statistics who just like to say F it.
Anyhow, let me digress. Here we go again should be the title of this blog because I am here and doing it again. Bitburg is a town about two hours outside of the major German city of Frankfurt (90 mins if you use the autobahn aggressively). The event has been held on the same grounds for maybe even more than a decade. The venue is on a perfectly manicured soccer field and is honestly a great spot to hold an event. The event had around 130 teams or so. All the vendors are in full force with their respective booths offering up a little slice of excitement as you minder through the vendor area en route to the grand stands. Entry to the event and the grandstands is free and this event certainly does fill up for Sunday. Germany has a lot of players who are active in the tournament scene so the grandstands become electric when you are playing in the finals, or whenever you are playing a local team. I have been on both sides of the field before. I have played with and against German teams and there is a way to use the crowd when playing a home crowd. Usually when you hear them cheering, then you’ve lost a guy. The trick and subsequent payoff is trying to keep the crowd quiet for the majority of the match.
After what appears, before the trip, to be a long weekend, actually turns out to be a quick trip to Europe to ultimately have a great time doing what I love to do. I am absolutely grateful to have the opportunity to play this amazing sport all around the world. I can’t wait to get back out to Germany again next year. For now, I will have to settle for having my last schnitzel of the trip before I climb onto this 777 and attempt to time travel for the next 15 hours as I take my long trip home!