Boys & Girls Club members and myclubmylife.com teen reporters Albert L. and John H. experienced the the trip of a lifetime when they traveled to Brazil with their advisor, Cody B., to serve as FIFA World Cup flagbearers for the United States during the June 26 match against Germany.

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The Trip of a Lifetime



Ocean view in Recife, Brazil
Ocean view in Recife, Brazil

Hello everyone, my name is John and I am here at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil to take out the U.S. flag against Germany. Pretty exciting right? Taking your nation’s flag out on the biggest stage of sports, being on international television, and just going to Brazil is pretty cool at least for me it is. Let me tell you all about the trip. The first thing that happened for us was being told that we won this awesome trip, and is was so cool for us because we were told that we had not won and surprised by our CPO in a community meeting at the Teen Center. News channels, radios stations, and newspapers all wanted to know more about our trip. It honestly felt like being a celebrity. Having interviews almost every other day, and strangers coming up to say congratulations made the dream seem so much better. The media came and passed then we realized, it was just a few days before we leave.



Coconut Water
Coconut Water


Then June 23 came and I woke up and turned to my clock; it read 6:00 am, and I thought, “Wow. I am leaving for Brazil in just an hour and a half.” Albert, Cody and I arrived in front of the Teen Center, and we were off to LAX. 22 hours later, we were in Recife, Brazil. Like I said before Coca-Cola made us feel like celebrities. Right when we got off the plane, Coca-Cola had a group of staff waiting for us to escorted to the hotel just like in the movies when someone famous gets pick up in a limo, but we just didn’t get the limo part of it, instead it was a private shuttle. It was still really cool especially because we had security that followed us literally everywhere within reason.

We were off to the hotel and I look out to my right and I see the most beautiful beaches I have seen in my entire life. Recife was absolutely stunning.  The time went by and it got better by the day. Every day we went out into the city and experienced Brazil whether it was the food, the coconut water, the mall, the sight-seeing, or even the match. Three days went by way too quick, and I wish there was more to tell. This is John here in Brazil at The FIFA World Cup with Myclubmylife.com saying so long for now. 

Traveling to Brazil

Hello everyone my name is Albert and I’m here at The FIFA World Cup. Hey have any of you guys traveled outside of the US yet? Well if you have you’ll understand how awesome it is as well as how challenging it is especially since this trip was my first time outside of the US. It’s June 23 and John, Cody and I are all getting ready for the long 22 hours ahead of us. We get to LAX at about 9:00 am for a 12:00 pm flight and there was the usual checking bags process where you get your boarding passes off of the little screens to the side and then wait in a pretty big line to check our bags. When we checked our bags, we had to go through security. That was where the airline checks our passports and visas. After security then there was the secondary security check where everyone takes off their shoes and belts and whatnot, but for us Coca-Cola paid for us to have pre-check, which is when you’re put into a much shorter and faster line and you’re out of security in about two minutes. That’s something that happens pretty frequently so be careful about that for your trips in the future. 



Mid-flight selfies
Mid-flight selfies

After security, we had to go find our gate, and when we did it was about 10:30 am. Two hours of relaxing and watching Holland play against Chile was pretty fun. Then we got onto our flight and we were off to Atlanta.  On the flight, we were able to watch the Brazil Cameroon game and the Mexico Croatia game. A few hours later we found ourselves in Atlanta with about two hours to kill. Then we were on our way to Sao Paulo, Brazil which meant 9&1/2 hours in a plane. I slept for most of the flight. The only times I woke up were for food even though it wasn’t the greatest it was food. Then after we landed in Sao Paulo, we had a mission to make our next flight. First we had to go through customs, which is where the national government checks in in or out of the country and makes sure you aren’t bringing anything in illegally, after this  we could claim our bags and recheck them since we were switching airlines. Then we had to go through the security process again. Finally, we boarded the plane we had to take a bus to the plane and then we got on the plane to Recife. Then a short 3 hours later we were at our final destination.

I really had no idea how difficult traveling is and I am glad that I got the opportunity because it has sparked an interest in me to travel more and this was a great stepping stone to pursue that. This is Albert with Myclubmylife.com here in Brazil saying until next time.

Culture in Brazil

Brazil is a massive country in South America and takes up nearly half of its land mass. With many language dialects, customs and foods there was no way we could see the entire country in 3 days. The Culture in Recife, Brazil, where we stayed is different than ours here in the US. For instance, in Recife on their beaches they sell coconuts almost every 20 feet. They also have payphones everywhere in the city, which seems to be a rare sight now a days in the US.

In addition, there are many skyscrapers and are almost all exclusively apartments, houses are quickly disappearing in Recife. What was interesting that a lot of Brazilians for housing is basically sell their house to a construction company and make  a deal with them to demolish the house to build a skyscraper and in return the homeowner would receive four or so floors, resulting the city being built up and not out.


Recife skyline and beach
Recife skyline and beach


The city is very old and one of the buildings we went to was an old church. The church was very old, so old in fact that it was literally older than our country. What was pretty interesting about the architecture of the church was that it built so that the corner of the building would face the ocean. The reason it was tilted was so if the wind were to hit it, it wouldn’t push at all, it would go around it. This was how most of the historic buildings were engineered and reflected the modern architecture as well. Another thing about the city was that when old buildings were becoming dilapidated the Brazilians simply refurbished them which maintain the essence of the historic city as well as moving forward with making the city modern looking. Here in the US we simply tear down and rebuild and we really appreciated seeing all of the history in the buildings and streets.

Game Day in Brazil



John and Albert geared up
All geared up and ready to go

Hello everyone my name is John and I am here at the FIFA World Cup, and it was just a few hours before Albert and I part took in taking the US flag out against Germany. I felt so exciting just knowing that I’d be in the same place as some of my favorite players and being there on the field with them.

We got all of our gear from adidas, and all of it was popping. This outfit they had us all wearing was so awesome. The top and bottom were mainly red with white trim and they both had some sort of Brazilian print on them. They even got us shoes to wear. Pretty cool right?  When we arrived, they had us just relaxing in a room with a PS4, some foosball tables, and some food. We got here to the arena at 6:00 am, and we didn’t start practicing until 8:00. Practice was pretty simple, but it was a little hard for some people because there were people speaking three different languages which was really killing the time.  After practice we went back into the same room to hang out and eat some more until it was game time.



Ready to bear the U.S. flag
Ready to bear the U.S. flag

Time passed and it was game time. It was our final procession onto the field and time to witness the national anthems.  The thoughts going through our heads were unexplainable. I felt like we were about to play for our country in the pouring rain at The World Cup. The anthems played and we got off the field and we were seated to watch the rest of the game. It was really awesome since were still treated like celebrities. I thought the best part was when a group of Americans came up and told myself and everyone else holding the US flag that we represented well. The game came to an end with a 1-0 victory for Germany with Tomas Muller’s goal in the 55th minute. The rest of the evening was ours to relax in the hotel and hang out with everyone else that was there. That’s what game day was like for us here in Brazil at The FIFA World Cup. John and Albert with Myclubmylife.com saying so long for now.