What’s best than starting off the weekend going to watch little fly man-made machines crash in the water? Around 110,000 spectators (including Dan and I) were in Rainbow Harbor last Saturday for the creative Red Bull Flugtag competition. There were 28 teams presenting their homemade, human-powered and original designed flying devices with the hope to see them fly. Each of them were judged on their creativity, showmanship and distance flown. This event was so much fun to watch, especially when the flying machines immediately plummeted to the water. One of the teams even scored a negative distance measurement because of the wind!
It’s crazy to think that these teams put a lot of sweat, time and effort in creating these devices just for less than 10 seconds of glory. One of the teams made history though. The Chicken Whisperers, a team of engineers from San Francisco, beat last year’s world record sailing 258 feet over the harbor. That was pretty impressive!! If the flugtag wasn’t being awesome enough that made the party even crazier!
After that we got to explore Long Beach for a little bit before heading to the LA Galaxy game. Yes! As a good Spaniard that I am, soccer is my favorite sport, so it was a very cool surprise when Dan told me that he got tickets for the big game! LA Galaxy played against Seattle Sounders (one of the best teams in the league) and the game ended up in a 1-1 tie.
An hour before the game, we stopped at a Starbucks to take a coffee and get some energy. For some reason that I can’t remember, we started a conversation with the man that was seating right next to our table. He had tickets for the game as well so we talked about soccer, the differences between America and Europe, and that kind of stuff. Well, the cool surprise came when he mentioned that his grandson was a professional soccer player of the Seattle Sounders team and he would be playing that night! Apparently, this guy has got a couple offers to play with European professional teams, so who knows if he will become the next Messi! Anyways, what were the odds of us meeting this player’s family that night? Crazy…
I hope you enjoy the pictures that I took around Long Beach! Have a nice afternoon!