America, F*%@ ‘Ya!! Hitting the Jackpot in the Ultimate Train Challenge Scavenger Hunt 32

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USA Belgium soccer game, american fans

There are two parts of the Ultimate Train Challenge and although all three of us, me, Nora and Jeannie, aren’t being ultra competitive about any of this… I do know we all want some form of bragging rights at the end of it all.

Given that we have a different approach on the number of days we all want to spend on trains, I think I might just eek out a victory on the miles traveled part of the competition, but the scavenger hunt… THAT is where the creative juices really get flowing.

Nora has already had a huge, huge scavenger hunt win — a photo with a bride. Jeannie has also been working hard on the scavenger hunt. On the other hand, I have been totally slacking on that part of this whole endeavor.

No more.

Last night, I went to my first soccer game. It was a friendly game between the US National Team and the Belgium national team. When Pete, of Hecktic Travels, ordered the tickets on the website, it said we had to sit in the US section if we were going to root for the USA, at risk of getting thrown out if we disobeyed.

That was fine with me and the major bonus in the American section was… unexpected scavenger hunt treasure. One of the hunt items we need is photos of us wearing funny hats. Another is a photo of us with a policeman. Guess what I ran into at the game…

So with no further ado, I say to my wonderful and talented Ultimate Train Challenge competitors, Nora and Jeannie….


The fight is now well and truly on. Get ready to rumble, ladies. It is a fight to the end…

Belgium police at soccer game with michael hodson

coppers... lots and lots of Belgian coppers


american fans at soccer game in belgium dressed up

yes, the guy in the background is wearing a full Captain America outfit


soccer fan dressed as statue of liberty in belgium

yes, I am holding the torch also...


soccer fans in funny hats

loving the spirit of the fans


michael hodson in uncle sam outfit

the beard is the winner, in my eyes


belgium soccer fans in funny hat

on the way to the game, in the subway with Belgium fans


michael hodson brussels soccer game pink elephant hat

did someone see a pink elephant around here?


usa belgium soccer game fans funny hats

she wasn't happy I asked her to be in a photo with her hat, but smiled anyway



belgium soccer fans in red hats

there is NO way I would post this, if I didn't need to for the competition. (1) what is up with my 2nd chin and (2) frack, I didn't even lean down to show the funny logo on the hat!


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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

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