QQ: How did you get here?

Some of the best stories that are getting told at a larger event like the European Championship have to do with how the players got here in the frist place. While for some, it’s only a 20 minute ride with the subway, others have to cross thousands of kilometers to be able to earn an invite for the prestigious World Championship that will be held in Las Vegas this year. Head inside to hear some of the stories that players shared with me this morning!
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Suzie White and Gehan Amaranayake came over from the UK!
Suzie White and Gehan Amaranayake came over from the UK!

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[b]Gehan:[/b] As soon as the event was announced online, we started planning how to get here. We weren’t quite sure what the best route would be, so we got in touch with some of our German friends to inquire about our possible options. It turned out that a flight to Frankfurt Hahn was the cheapest option; so we took overnight trains to London, we then continued to Stansted, flew over and Suzie then rented a car to drive us from the airport (which is around 120 km away) to the venue.

She’s a real hero for all of us – she got us here safely and cheaply and we couldn’t ask for more! We’ll be looking after her for the whole weekend to return the favor![/quote]
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Ruffy Sarmiento from Austria and Muci Izci from Nuremberg, Germany
Ruffy Sarmiento from Austria and Muci Izci from Nuremberg, Germany
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[b]Ruffy:[/b] We flew over yesterday at 6 in the morning. We took a cab that picked us up, so it definitely wasn’t so bad!

[b]Muci:[/b] I checked out a website that allows you to get in touch with people that drive from one city to another and are willing to take you with them. It’s cheaper than taking the train and doesn’t take much longer. I didn’t know the other travellers prior to the journey, but we got along really well and I definitely enjoyed the ride.[/quote]
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Min, Matthew, William, Anthony, Connor, Klevis & Anthony also had to cross the Channel!
Min, Matthew, William, Anthony, Connor, Klevis & Anthony also had to cross the Channel!

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[b]William:[/b] We all flew over from Heathrow yesterday. It was a really fun trip with almost all of us on the same flight!

[b]Matthew:[/b] I took an earlier flight to check out some of the sights. We went on a boat tour and I quite enjoyed it.

[b]Anthony:[/b] We went straight to the venue, so unlike Matthew, we haven’t really seen anything despite the attractions close to the main train station.[/quote]
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Ryan Jacobs, Sebastian Faes, Ken Van Schoor, Mats Watzeels & Kelly Van Raevels from Belgium!
Ryan Jacobs, Sebastian Faes, Ken Van Schoor, Mats Watzeels & Kelly Van Raevels from Belgium!

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[b]Ryan:[/b] My parents offered me to drive me here, so I asked a couple of friends whether they were interested in joining us and they obviously agreed. It took us around 5 hours because of traffic jams, but it still wasn’t too bad. We had a lot of fun in the car![/quote]
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As you can see, Duelists travelled wide and far to make their way to this year’s European Championship. Some of them were able to prove that if you put in enough effort, you can rather easily make the trip while not having to spend too much money. In other words, my bottom line is this: You really don’t have an excuse to not show up next time, so make sure you plan in advance!
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