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Trading basketball for directions in Amsterdam

Posted by Christopher Wink on Oct 8, 2008 in Experiences |

Sean likes to say that my only means of social interaction come through athletic competition.

So, when walking back to our hostel, without a real plan what to do, coming upon Vincent (left, with ball) and Justin playing basketball was a blessing. We beat them 11-3, shook hands and then asked their advice about what was really worth seeing and doing in Amsterdam.

Check the video highlights below.

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Beating up on two Dutch guys - OK, to be fair, they fared better in the second game, rocked some sweet American apparel and Vincent made a few dizzying shots - wasn’t my first such experience.

If there is a better, more efficient, healthier way to develop a bond with a local and get his honest opinion about something, I don’t know it. I got pushed around the courts in Accra, Ghana as a teenager - but they showed me my favorite places to eat - and had three-point competitions with a technical college team in Tokyo - who took me out drinking in true Japanese style.

Sweating, pushing and rivaling brings up a connection faster than any cold conversation can. You play hard, you play fair and then you win - because that’s what Americans do - and you might actually get an honest answer - if not a whole lot more.

Seany and I will keep warm for further battles - making the United States and the courts of Philadelphia proud one more way.

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2 Comments

Mom Blanda
Oct 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Sean, Glad to see you actually did inherit some of my basketball skills, even if it is very little.ha,ha,ha
Love you, Mom


 
Ryan
Oct 10, 2008 at 6:11 pm

impressive bball prowess with both right hand and left, Mr. Wink. you’re like a white, broke Allen Iverson.


 

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