The Boys in China

1 Aug

How adorable are they, all conked out on the flight to China? I admire them – I can’t sleep on flights – no matter how long they are – which sucks. I remember staying blearily awake through a 13 hour non-stop flight to Moscow (in both directions) years ago. I was not a happy camper. I’m hoping to go to Thailand this spring and I’m already dreading the flight.  Some of the boys slept, some spent quality time with their laptops and others socialized…

They arrived to hundreds of deliriously happy fans who managed to get up close and personal with the team, which is a tad surprising considering all the security they seem to have around them.

So there you go! Lights out for me now. Must get up in about 5 hours and try to get more of this dumbass paper done before I head off to work. Looking forward to the games this week!


24 Responses to “The Boys in China”

  1. mumblo August 1, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Planes help wonderful things happen, but they mess with my head. When I’ve had really long flights, my doctor has given me a prescription for just a few Xanax so I can relax and sleep. Do you think something like that might work for you?

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      I tried Xanax and I fall asleep for about 10 minutes at a clip but constantly wake up. I’m thinking of getting those Bose noise canceling headphones. I wonder if that would help? I’m a light sleeper so perhaps that would help me conk out in combination with some sort of sleep aid.

  2. Forlond August 1, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    Kaka looks like he’s done something and local policmen are escorting him to station. ‘You sir, I’m arresting you for constant smiling. It’s not normal.’

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      Ha ha! He does, doesn’t he?

      Shiggers agrees with you about him smiling too much. Just Saturday she was saying “Mark my words, one day he’ll snap and kill us all.” We’re cynical NYC bitches. We don’t trust that much happy and perky. 😉

  3. mygypsyspirit August 1, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Is it just me or does it look like Sergio spent more time in the gym this summer than in summers past? His chesticles are looking rather large… I wonder if he was getting jealous of always hearing about CR’s pecs.

    As for sleeping, try Nyquil for long flights or a natural sleep aid. Melotonin may work (though admittedly it won’t work for everyone). I don’t suggest anything like Ambien or Lunesta. They need AT LEAST a 6 hour cycle. I personally need more than 6 hours when I take Lunesta (the lighter of the two) or I wake up in a zombie-like state.

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

      Melatonin doesn’t work for me. I should try the Nyquil along with the headphones I mentioned up thread.

      I’ve tried Ambien once I’ve hit the hotel to get myself back on track and that knocks me out pretty much but yeah, I wake up a bit confused. I’d try something like that on the flight to Thailand, but on the shorter legs of 7/8 hours, I wouldn’t be able to do it. By the time you get in the air, then people are moving around, they’re giving you food, etc and then you have like 4 hours to go so what’s the point in taking something. But on a 14 hour flight? Hells yeah, I want to be knocked out. I’m tentatively looking at flying from NYC to Paris which is 7+ hours and then a layover, then Paris to Bangkok so that would be about 12 hours. The latter flight would be the one where I would want to sleep hardcore. My grad present to myself (if I can arrange it timewise with work) is to go and volunteer at this elephant sanctuary in Northern Thailand for a week. I adore elephants(since I was a wee girl) and I’ve been donating to this place for awhile, so it’s been a dream of mine for awhile to go there:

      After the last two years of full time work/full time grad school, I deserve a nice long break. I’m thinking of coming back via Madrid and spending a week there as well.

      • panama August 1, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

        sorry to butt in on your convo, but do it!!!
        your plan sounds awesome, elephants are plain great, and so is thailand. and you so deserve a break, your workload must be insane w/ work and grad school!

        and, as a european, i’d suggest making use of your stop-over in europe (paris! madrid! london! berlin!). thailand is far from me, but fro you americans it truly must be a world away…

        • headbandsandheartbreak August 2, 2011 at 12:56 am #

          You’re not butting in, it’s a public convo – feel free! My workload is disgusting. I shouldn’t do the blog because I certainly don’t have time for it, but it makes me really happy and I need a respite from the other stuff.

          I used to live in England (Oxford and London) and one of the things I miss most about that is being able to country hop. I love Paris and I owe a visit to all my friends in London. So what I may do is fly back to Paris stay a day or so, take the Chunnel over to London, do some visiting and then drag some friends with me to Madrid. It just really depends how much time I can feasibly take off from work. I’d love to take the whole month of May off if possible. We’ll see if I can take that kind of financial hit and if they can spare me. I’ve been saving for ages so that I could have a bit of time off. Fingers crossed that I can take at least 2 weeks. Then I can at least fit in Thailand and a short stint in Madrid.

          Yeah, Thailand is a monster trip for me – it would be my first trip to that part of the world, so I’m really keen to do it.

          • jellyace August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am #

            It still amazes me how you can do work and grad school and this blog, but the blog must be the most enjoyable of the three or else it would be the first to go. And we are thankful for that!

            As for your trip, DO IT! I got to fulfill my enchantment with whales in Maui and swam with the dolphins in Subic, Philippines last year. You have to work towards scratching these things off your bucket list!

            And when you’re in Madrid, give Sergio his very own HB & HB cap!

          • panama August 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

            Really, your dedication to this blog on top of grad school and work never ceases to amaze me! Life will feel like one big holiday once you’re done with uni 😉

            Since meeting friends who live far away is always such a treat, this trip sounds like a perfect opportunity to visit Europa and Asia in one go! I’m crossing my fingers you’ll be able to get the whole month off (it’s horrid how little holidays you Americans get!) to make it worthwhile. You seem like such an open-minded person – I’m sure you’ll love Asia.

            PS: I’m wondering for some time now – may I ask what your PhD’s about? I figure something communications/language/literature, but maybe I missed some clues…

            • headbandsandheartbreak August 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

              Well, I don’t sleep much and my house looks like a hurricane hit it, but the blog and all y’all are my happy place. It’s one of the few breaks I allow myself.

              I’m actually working on a long delayed Master’s. If I was this close to finishing a doctorate, I’d be floating on a cloud. My Master’s degree is in Education with a focus on Learning Technologies. I’m fascinated by the possibilities brought forth by the intersection of education and technology. It opens whole worlds, you know?

              • PMom_GA August 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

                Benadryl baby! Pop a couple of them (check the labels for proper/max dosage).

                Guaranteed to help you sleep!

                Another option, an old style anti-histamine that has warning labels about not driving/operating heavy machinery after taking: Atarax. You get double benefit – sleep & allergy/sinus relief

                • headbandsandheartbreak August 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

                  Another great idea! I’m going to be a walking drugstore by the time I get on the plane. Considering that I’m always stuffed up, this sounds like a perfect double solution. Thanks!

              • panama August 3, 2011 at 3:38 am #

                This blog is one of my online happy places, too – because you’re just too funny and the pictures are bliss. Thanks again 🙂

                I’m working in education myself but I’m not too knowledgable about the use of new technologies (I’m a beginner still, so right now I’m happy if I’m able to hold a succesful lecture/seminar with the old ones) but I can imagine that there are loads of possibilities. Sounds very interesting, good luck with finishing!

                • headbandsandheartbreak August 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

                  What a lovely thing to say! There’s so many ways to incorporate tech now and it doesn’t need to be elaborate or expensive. They’re doing amazing things with learning/mobile phones in India and Africa. They’re utilizing something that the people already have and adapting it to a learning tool. If you ever want to talk education, feel free to email me at our Gmail – one of my favorite things to talk about besides footy. Ask poor Shiggers, I bore the ever lovin’ fuck out of her when I go off on my educational reform tangents. 😉

  4. mygypsyspirit August 1, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    P.S. How do they all still look so lovely after such a long flight? I look like a bag of ass when I get off international flights!

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

      OMG, so do I! I’m wrinkled, my hair’s in a ‘fro and it looks like Sherman’s army marched over my face. But that’s the way isn’t it? Boys wake up all rumpled and cute while ladies? Not so much. (I’m sure there are some women who wake up looking fabulous. However, I am not one of them).

  5. SierraGutierrez August 1, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I am in a smelly internet cafe somewhere on the Andalucia/Valecia border, but I found internet especially so I could see these photos! 🙂
    (Point about the whole border thing? I cant understand a word anyones saying, they are all speaking Valencian -.-!)
    I cant believe they look like they´ve just spent a nice afternoon relaxing! I definately do not look like that after a long flight! I look more like a hedge; bushy hair and all :L
    I mean, just look at smiley!Marcelo ! Even Kaka isn´t smiling! :O At least Mesut has the right idea, he looks asleep on his feet! Bless… :´)
    Oh and I feel like the worst ever Madridista :/ I am now the non-proud owner of a David Villa 7 Barcelona jersey D: Please dont stab me with sporks!
    I compensated by buying a Real Madrid pin though; it´s love-heart shaped! I pinned it to the Barca-jersey! (which have spent the last 3/4 hours glaring at, occaisionally whispering ´Hala Madrid´at it :L)

    • mygypsyspirit August 1, 2011 at 9:14 am #

      Well I personally will not stab you with a spork but I can’t guarantee the hitman I already called won’t do the same… Just kidding, I don’t understand Valencian (or Catalan actually) either.

      But I do need to remind you that, unless you’re the next Hermione Granger, that jersey is not going to turn to white no matter how many time you whisper ‘Hala Madrid’ at it 😉

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Hooray! You arrived safely! Check in when you can so we don’t worry about you! But I’m already worried – a Barca jersey?! I jest. It’s Villa, the King of Bitchface and I have a special spot in my heart for him. If it were Xavi, I would be deeply concerned. I love that you’re wearing your RM pin on it. 🙂 Have some paella for me!

  6. Jenny August 1, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    That picture of the boys sleeping is so adorable – it brings out all my motherly instincts!

    Lots of happy, lovely fans! Beautiful pictures!

  7. mari August 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Just saw on TVE. The boys (Real Madrid XI) played against 100 kids from the RM academy in China. Imagine the commotion, but still so cute! Xabi was breaking apart 2 kids on the verge of fighting,haha!

    • headbandsandheartbreak August 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      I’m going to have to look for that clip. I just posted a bunch of pix of the clinic that they did with the kiddies.

    • Allison August 1, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

      I saw that! Xabi had his hands full with that kid, he wasn’t going to let it go! haha

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