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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    GREAT STORY!

    Seeing other SEC fans in far-flung places is always fun.

    Nearly 20 years ago, my wife and I were spending Christmas in Budapest and Vienna. We had gone to hear the Vienna Choir Boys do their Christmas concert in their home cathederal. It was awesome. Then we proceeded to the Vienna train station to catch the train to Budapest. While we were waiting my wife spotted a dude with possibly the gaudiest / tackiest Awburn coat we had ever seen standing with his family. After thinking of what I could say, I walked over and said, "Couldn't help but notice your Awburn coat from across the train station!" He got a big smile until I then said, "So, I came over to tell you ... ROLL TIDE!" We both got a good laugh and between his parents and sister who were there with him and me and my wife, we had degrees of some sort from 10 of the (then) 12 SEC schools. It was a cool meeting and is a favorite memory.

    When living in NYC, we were active in the SEC Alumni group. That group was featured in the WSJ a few years ago for their passion throughout the city on gamedays and their semi-frequent gatherings together throughout the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaNation View Post
    GREAT STORY!

    Seeing other SEC fans in far-flung places is always fun.

    Nearly 20 years ago, my wife and I were spending Christmas in Budapest and Vienna. We had gone to hear the Vienna Choir Boys do their Christmas concert in their home cathederal. It was awesome. Then we proceeded to the Vienna train station to catch the train to Budapest. While we were waiting my wife spotted a dude with possibly the gaudiest / tackiest Awburn coat we had ever seen standing with his family. After thinking of what I could say, I walked over and said, "Couldn't help but notice your Awburn coat from across the train station!" He got a big smile until I then said, "So, I came over to tell you ... ROLL TIDE!" We both got a good laugh and between his parents and sister who were there with him and me and my wife, we had degrees of some sort from 10 of the (then) 12 SEC schools. It was a cool meeting and is a favorite memory.

    When living in NYC, we were active in the SEC Alumni group. That group was featured in the WSJ a few years ago for their passion throughout the city on gamedays and their semi-frequent gatherings together throughout the year.
    My oldest one is studying for a semester at the law school of the Université de Paris. I'm going to see her for a week in mid-november not in Paris but in Vienna. I decided to rent a car. We're going to visit Budapest too !! What a coincidence !!! Did you like both cities ? I might meet some SEC fans during my vacations ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayTide View Post
    Love old Quebec City. Haven't been there in over 20 years but my wife spent 5 days, stayed in the Chateau de Frontenac, wonderful hotel.
    Quebec city is gorgeous. I travelled a lot and I really think Quebec city is one of the most beautiful city in North America. Chateau Frontenac is a 5 stars hotel. Beautiful hotel with a beautiful view on the St.Lawrence river !! Let me know if you come to Quebec city, I'll show you around but without the extras that I gave to the LSU girl

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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Great story / thread, cher collègue!

    Who'd a thunk it!
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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama in Quebec View Post
    My oldest one is studying for a semester at the law school of the Université de Paris. I'm going to see her for a week in mid-november not in Paris but in Vienna. I decided to rent a car. We're going to visit Budapest too !! What a coincidence !!! Did you like both cities ? I might meet some SEC fans during my vacations ;-)
    LOVED both. It was about -394F degrees in Budapest when we arrived The river was frozen over but our view looked something like below (we had the top room in the hotel b/c of all my work-related travel was always staying in a Marriott so I had a bazillion points & nights) It really was about -35F, and even less when wind chill is considered, when we were there for the first couple of days so we didn't venture out much but on 3rd day we walked over to the palace and toured it and the surrounding areas.


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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Took our girls there about 10 years ago. Flew into Buffalo -- then rented a van and drove to Toronto (2 days), Montreal (2 days) and Quebec City (3 days) -- and we absolutely loved it.

    We stayed in a rental in the old city -- in the walled part of the city. Visited Frontenac -- and loved it. We picked fresh raspberries at a roadside farm.....ate Poutine at a French Fry Bus....loved the Montreal underground.....

    The kids still talk about it -- 10 years later....
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    It wasn't a meeting with the enemy, but I was in Tokyo many years ago and saw a young woman wearing a crimson sweatshirt with BAMA printed on the front. I stopped her and asked if she had ever been to Alabama. She seemed confused as to why I would ask, so I explained what the word on the front of her sweatshirt meant. She said she had bought the sweatshirt because it was "American." Now that she knew what it stood for, she was thrilled. She was cute, but it didn't turn into a five day tour of the city.

    I found it ironic that the younger generation liked American things, while the older generations still hated us for our opposition in WWII. It made for interesting times in Japan, to say the least.

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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Quote Originally Posted by mlh View Post
    It wasn't a meeting with the enemy, but I was in Tokyo many years ago and saw a young woman wearing a crimson sweatshirt with BAMA printed on the front. I stopped her and asked if she had ever been to Alabama. She seemed confused as to why I would ask, so I explained what the word on the front of her sweatshirt meant. She said she had bought the sweatshirt because it was "American." Now that she knew what it stood for, she was thrilled. She was cute, but it didn't turn into a five day tour of the city.

    I found it ironic that the younger generation liked American things, while the older generations still hated us for our opposition in WWII. It made for interesting times in Japan, to say the least.
    Great story --- sorry there was no "tour of the city" --
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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

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    Great story / thread, cher collègue!

    Who'd a thunk it!
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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama in Quebec View Post
    My oldest one is studying for a semester at the law school of the Université de Paris. I'm going to see her for a week in mid-november not in Paris but in Vienna. I decided to rent a car. We're going to visit Budapest too !! What a coincidence !!! Did you like both cities ? I might meet some SEC fans during my vacations ;-)
    I've heard good things about Budapest but I haven't visited. OTOH, Vienna is one of my top cities in the world...
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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Quote Originally Posted by mlh View Post
    It wasn't a meeting with the enemy, but I was in Tokyo many years ago and saw a young woman wearing a crimson sweatshirt with BAMA printed on the front. I stopped her and asked if she had ever been to Alabama. She seemed confused as to why I would ask, so I explained what the word on the front of her sweatshirt meant. She said she had bought the sweatshirt because it was "American." Now that she knew what it stood for, she was thrilled. She was cute, but it didn't turn into a five day tour of the city.

    I found it ironic that the younger generation liked American things, while the older generations still hated us for our opposition in WWII. It made for interesting times in Japan, to say the least.
    They have probably mostly died off, but I used to hear anti-Japanese views a good bit when I was younger. Any further discussion of that would get the thread moved to NS.




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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama in Quebec View Post
    You're so right. I thought about giving you a pix of the LSU chick ! I'm not sure she would be very happy to see her cute face on a Bama forum fans
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    Re: Meeting the enemies...in Quebec city !

    Bama in Q - this has probably been asked and answered before . . . and I'm sorry for the redundancy . . . but what's your connection to the Tide?

    Budapest is a very friendly city; be careful in the casino!

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