Tuesday, August 28, 2012

How Far Do You Have To Go

Back from a European vacation and "The Continent" is exactly like you've heard.

Saturated with American stuff.

Here's a short list of non-soccer teams I saw on hats, jerseys, coats, t-shirts, and various furniture spread across Scandinavia.
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New York Giants
  • Miami Heat
  • SF Giants
  • Oakland A's
  • LA Dodgers
  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees
  • New York Yankees
  • New York Yankees

How Yankees is Europe? You can buy these fine items just off Oslo's main square at a respectable-looking optometrist.

Other functional glassware also exists in non-medical stores.

I see the Red Sox everywhere living in Boston, but thought we'd be clear of them in Iceland and Norway. Then we found this hat on a pier, looking new-but-abandoned.

Europe has so much American sports stuff, people just leave it lying around!

Next trip, we'll try to escape America by heading to...Northern Siberia? They probably wear Derek Jeter jerseys.


Anonymous said...

Did you see any "Franklin And Marshall" clothing? It's apparently a hot brand in Europe, similar to Abercrombie & Fitch. The founders of F&M unwittingly "borrowed" the name of a small Pennsylvania college when they started their line. The two have since come to a legal and merchandising understanding.

Matthew Glidden said...

Now that you mention it, yes! I remember it more from the resemblance to A&F than anything. Interesting that they ended up with that "conflict"--good for both that they worked out the merchandising...?