Daniel and the Eagles Troll “Just Do It” in Beaverton, Oregon

Nike and Oregon go hand-in-hand like Eli Manning and interceptions. You get it.  Nike was originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports and founded in the mid 1960’s by a University of Oregon track star and his coach.  You could say that at its roots, Nike also bleeds green, then.

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters, its name a nod to Oregon’s rich logging history, was the brand and business that revolutionized the coffee industry in the mid-90’s.   Sourcing its beans to top quality coffee farmers, founder Duane Sorenson “began to develop relationships with coffee producers that evolved into their Direct Trade program–improving coffee quality through their relationships at origin, and in turn, offering incentive based rewards to the farmer, with complete financial transparency of the supply chain along the way. This concept has allowed Stumptown to not only source the best coffee grown in the world, but to also make financial and incrementally sustainable improvements in the growing communities.”  So says their website.


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Little known fact–unless you’re deep in the donut world or watch the Food Network at all–you can get married at Voodoo Doughnuts.  Daniel officiated a wedding between ET and a luscious Mango Tango donut, but it quickly got too delicious and far too gruesome to display here.  The wedding ended quite quickly and his trip in Beaverton was cut short.  ET: the first troll to get banned from the town of Beaverton.

 

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Off to Canuck territory in northwest Canada!

Dani and the Eagles Troll bathe in the Pearl of the Danube

Preseason is underway and the Eagles Troll is relishing the last moments of relaxation in Budapest, Hungary.  Such urban beauty.  It’s no wonder Budapest is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.  I’ve personally added it to my list of places to visit before kicking the bucket.

 

Hungary is famous for its wines, particularly Tokaji wines.

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Erzsébet square, the go-to place for a drink, a picnic or just some friendly chatter for the local youth.

6Erzsébet square, the go-to place for a drink, a picnic or just some friendly chatter for the local youth

 

Hungarian watermelon is the best watermelon

2Hungarian watermelon is the best watermelon

 

 

Many tourists’ favourite destination, the Great Market Hall.  Actually a popular place amongst the locals as well, once you get past the first few shops which are very expensive.

1Many tourists' favourite destination, the Great Market Hall.  Actually a popular place amongst the locals as well, once you get past the first few shops which are very expensive

 

 

Here is the troll hitchhiking by the road after some relaxation at Gellért Bath, one of the many baths Budapest is famous for.

 

5Here is the troll hitchhiking by the road after some relaxation at Gellért Bath, one of the many baths Budapest is famous for

 

 

One of the most beautiful places in the city, St. Stephen’s Basilica.

8One of the most beautiful places in the city, St. Stephen's Basilica

 

 

Erzsébet square again, with the ‘Budapest Eye’ in the background.

7Erzsébet square again, with the 'Budapest Eye' in the background

 

 

My buddy and I attend two of Hungary’s best universities, they are great rivals of course. They are connected by one of the 9 main bridges of Budapest. Also note the kelly green ship. 4My buddy and I attend two of Hungary's best universities, they are great rivals of course. They are connected by one of the 9 main bridges of Budapest. Also note the kelly green ship.

 

 

The National Museum, preserving some great artifacts from our tumultuous history. Its stairs and garden are also popular among students in the spring.9The National Museum, preserving some great artifacts from our tumultuous history. Its stairs and garden are also popular among students in the spring

 

 

The famous chain bridge with Buda Castle in the background.10The famous chain bridge with Buda Castle in the background

 

 

The troll loved the view of the Danube.11The troll loved the view of the Danube

 

 

Didn’t even pay attention when we showed him the tunnel at Adam Clark square.12Didn't even pay attention when we showed him the tunnel at Adam Clark square

 

So we had to go back to the river.13So we had to get back to the river

 

Heroes’ square, with the statues of some of our greatest kings and leaders.14Heroes' square, with the statues of some of our greatest kings and leaders

 

Up close at Heroes’ square.15Up close at Heroes' square



You could look at houses of representatives around the whole world, but you won’t find one more beautiful than ours.

16You could look at houses of representatives around the whole world, but you won't find one more beautiful then ours

 

 

Off to Dvor, Slovenia!

Paying the Troll Toll With Farid in Buchrain, Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up was Farid in Buchrain, Switzerland, to show us that everything we’ve heard about Switzerland being beautiful is spot on.

 

Watch out troll, you have been captured by two of your biggest small fans!

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About to walk across the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) in Lucerne

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Troll at the famous Lion Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland

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Troll enjoys a Swiss Birthday party

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Enjoying a little liquid refreshment on vacation
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Green being green

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Hungary, ho!

Sign of the Apocalypse: Oranje people bleeding green

The following is the true story of what you get when you mix orange and green.  Eagles fan 1n_pla1n_s1ght took our beloved Eagles Troll all around The Netherlands, from Blokker to Kaatsheuvel to Amsterdam and sights in-between.  Warning: you will see some pictures of cows and empty streets.  Do not be alarmed.  This is because the country was pretty much shut down during the World Cup.  Warning #2: it being The Netherlands, there were a couple photos I took out for propriety’s sake, but you can find the imgur album…here.  As long as it’s visited every so often, the album should remain up.

 

De Efteling

01 - 01 De Efteling

 

This is a big amusement park in the Netherlands which is basically a big fairy tale book come to life.

 

 

 

 

 

Troll House in De Efteling

02 - 02 Troll House in De Efteling

The park is filled with “troll houses” so we though it was appropriate to bring the troll along.

 

At the Dairy Farm

03 - 03 At the dairy farm

The Dutch are known for their cheese so we took the troll to a dairy farm.

 

Need to Wear the Right Footgear on the Farm

04 - 04 Need to wear the right footgear on the farm They conveniently had some clogs that were the right size.

 

A Dairy Cow Was Curious What Could Be Green But Not Grass

05 - 05 A dairy cow was curious what could be green but not grass

I ran in and saved the troll just as the cow was opening his mouth to take a bite.

 

The Troll Found the Destination

 

 

06 - 06 The troll found the destination

This Google destination point was just hanging out on the side of the road and we thought it was funny.

 

Netherlands vs. Mexico

07 - 07 Netherlands vs MexicoOne of the many World Cup games that basically shut down the country. Also, the Netherlands won every game until I sent the troll on his way. Coincidence? We may ask for him back for the next World Cup!

 

Completely Empty Streets During the Game

08 - 08 Completely empty streets during the game

This street is usually pretty busy, but during the game it was a ghost town.

 

Empty Red-light District Window

11 - 11 Empty redlight district windowYou can’t take a picture of the girls in the windows without the threat of a bouncer beating you up and smashing your camera. Fortunately, we found an empty window to show you what it looks like.

 

Full Red-light District Windows

12 - 12 Full redlight district windowsA customer buying the goods. As you can see, these streets aren’t just for men. Everyone walks through to take a look at the famous red-light windows, even families with children.

 

Canal in Amsterdam

13 - 13 Canal in AmsterdamOne of the many canals in Amsterdam. A popular activity in the summer is cruising around the city with a cooler full of beer and sometimes a charcoal grill in the back of the boat.

 

You Need to Ride a Bike in Amsterdam

14 - 14 You need to ride a bike in AmsterdamBiking is really the only way to get around. It’s faster than walking and it’s a pain to drive in Amsterdam since there are so many bikers everywhere!

 

Regular Souvenirs

15 - 15 Regular souvenirsThe souvenir shops were full of Dutch football (soccer) jerseys for the World Cup. The color that the Dutch always wear is orange which is the name of the royal family. Seriously, the kings official title was the “Prince of Orange” before receiving the crown.

 

Looking at His Options at the Bulldog Coffeeshop

16 - 16 Looking at his options in the Bulldog CoffeeshopThis is the red-light version of Starbucks. Bulldog Coffeeshops are all over the place in Amsterdam and offer some fine green (although mostly to tourists as the locals don’t like to pay the high prices). You can see the sign to the coffeeshop above the troll in the bike picture.

 

Keeping it Green

17 - 17 Keeping it greenMy wife thought it was funny that green in the pro-marijuana sign matched the troll.

Sitting on a Terrace Drinking a Beer and Eating Bitter Balls is Typically Dutch

18 - 18 Sitting on a terrace drinking a beer and eating bitter balls is typically DutchBitter balls aren’t bitter, they’re actually like ragout which is basically, meat, flour, and fat balls rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. They are crazy delicious and served mouth-burning hot. I’m definitely bringing these to the states in December for game time snacks.

 

Authentic Windmills That Can Still Be Used

19 - 19 Authentic windmills that can still be usedThese old-fashioned windmills are all over the place. Some are even still used to pump water and mill flour, although this is mainly for the historical appeal rather than necessity. It’s still cool to see the blades spinning in the wind!

 

On the Dyke

20 - 20 On the dykeThis is one of the infamous dykes in the Netherlands. Without this these the see would come rushing in and millions of people would be under water. You can see people enjoying the sunny weather by biking on the dyke. It really doesn’t get much more Dutch than that!

 

On to Switzerland!

With the help of Ryan, the Eagles Troll sees the light in Portland, Maine

See what I did there?  Ryan smuggled ET into Patriots territory before our teams practice together this summer.

Fun Fact: In 1787, while Maine was still part of the state of Massachusetts, President George Washington engaged two masons from the town of Portland, Jonathan Bryant and John Nichols, and instructed them to take charge of the construction of a lighthouse on Portland Head. Washington reminded them that the early government was poor, and said that the materials used to build the lighthouse should be taken from the fields and shores, which could be handled nicely when hauled by oxen on a drag. The original plans called for the tower to be 58 feet tall. When the masons completed this task they climbed to the top of the tower and realized that it would not be visible beyond the headlands to the south, so it was raised approximately 20 feet.

During the American Civil War, raids on shipping in and out of Portland Harbor became commonplace, and because of the necessity for ships at sea to sight Portland Head Light as soon as possible, the tower was raised twenty feet. The current keepers’ house was built in 1891. When Halfway Rock Light was built, Portland Head Light was considered less important and in 1883 the tower was shortened 20 feet

 

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Off to Omaha, Nebraska!

The Eagles Troll Swoops in to Paris in Time for D-Day With Ollivier

From mangoes in India to wine and cheese in The City of Light, the Eagles Troll is having quite the culinary adventure.  The U.S. and France having a rich history together, it’s no surprise that the American Football team–I have to clarify like that…The World Cup is ongoing after all–of a former U.S. national capital has fans in L’hexagone.  Next, on to The Netherlands, home of that team that just destroyed the Spaniards!  Au revoir!

 

French way of life


French way of life

 

Ollivier’s home Eagles museum

My personnal Museum Eiffel Tower

Cathedral Notre Dame

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Paris City Hall

Paris City Hall

 

Lounging on the Seine River

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US Navy Submariner Neill and ET Dive Into Seattle

Eagles Troll sitting on the actual sail from the USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN-624 at Deterrent Park on Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor. USS Woodrow Wilson was a Lafayette class ballistic missile submarine that was part of the “41 for Freedom.” She was commissioned: 27 December 1963 and decommissioned: 1 September 1994. Eagles Troll loves a powerful defense, and a ballistic missile submarine is the most powerful weapon on Planet Earth!

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The Eagles Troll hanging out with a submarine torpedo replica on Naval Base Kitsap –  Bangor submarine base ready to show how the Eagles will torpedo the rest of the NFC East’s chances to steal the NFC East crown.

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Eagles troll on the Bainbridge Island to Seattle ferry with the Seattle skyline in the distance.


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Eagles troll with the Space Needle in the background

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Eagles Troll on Rachel the Piggy Bank at Pike Place Market in Seattle. In the background is Pike Place Fish Company with the famous throwing fish.

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Eagles Troll supposedly at the home of the 12th man. Working on some repairs on the stadium happened to be a construction worker from New Jersey who yelled Fly Eagles Fly while I took these pictures!

Home of the 12th Man