Football boys in Berlin

Berlin - Football boys after the match
Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor, 2023

There’s an outdoor bar in Berlin across the Spree River from the main train station, at the northern tip of a large green space known as Spreebogenpark. Margaret and I were spending an afternoon in Berlin walking for a while, then stopping into a pub for a refreshment, and then walking for a little while longer, all the while making photographs of whatever caught our fancy.

Sitting under a green umbrella, Margaret sipping a gin and tonic and me a pilsener, these boys walked up to us and asked us in German if we’d take their picture. I was a little surprised, because I felt sure we looked for all the world like American tourists. Perhaps it was youthful inexperience that they didn’t think that we might speak only English!

But I do speak enough German for light conversation. As I lifted my camera, I asked them if they’d played a game that day. They had! Did they win? They did! I fist-bumped each one of them, and then made their photograph.

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6 responses to “Football boys in Berlin”

  1. brandib1977 Avatar

    How fun! Interactions like this make travel so much more special.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It was totally random!

  2. Peter Miller Avatar
    Peter Miller

    This is the best picture.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      So full of life!

  3. Katie Yang Avatar

    I mean, it’s not impossible you have just photographed one (or more) of future German national team football players..

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re right! Someday that star will be searching the Net, find my article, and wistfully look back.

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