OT: Hokies International - Iceland

Just returned from a vacation in Iceland and felt the need to share...

On our first day in town, my wife and I were walking down the street in a popular Reykjavik shopping area. I happened to have on a VT beanie and passed a group of Americans. As they passed I faintly heard them say something about my hat, then the guy yelled out "Go HOKIES!" We turned and waved. My wife being a VT alum, she was quite tickled.

If the guy who called out happens to be on here, Thank you, you definitely made us smile. Anytime something like that happens, my wife always says, "Awww, I love Virginia Tech".

So, thank you to all of Hokie Nation and here's to encouraging more shout outs when you see the VT abroad.

We also saw a guy in full Miami garb. Wife wouldn't let me give him the hand turkey and gobble. Would have been funny.

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Wife wouldn't let me give him the hand turkey and gobble

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

Should have known the first comment would have been a childish one... smh.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

It is TKP afterall. But for real, that's a great feeling when you run into Hokies in unexpected places. Always puts a smile on my face. I was working an event on the side of a ski slope a few weeks ago, freezing my ass off, and had two people comment on my tech hat. Warmed me up more than the hot chocolate I was drinking

Here lies It's a Stroman Jersey I Swear, surpassed in life by no one because he intercepted it.

I have the opposite happen sometimes. I live 6 hours from Blacksburg, so when I see fellow Hokies, I'm quick to yell out a "Go Hokies!"

It just so happens, that I do the same whenever I head into Blacksburg, just out of habit (gets some funny looks)

glad I'm not the only one who was thinking it

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I'm always surprised by the reach and number of VT fans. I frequent DisneyWorld often and I joke with my wife that I will see at least three VT logos by the time we leave, and it has yet to not happen.

Hell, I even got a "Go Hokies" in Paris recently.

There were several Hokies on our Disney Cruise during the BYE week in October. It was cool discussing the upcoming UNC matchup at sea.

"Tyrod, looking desperately, now throws it deep, has a man open, CAUUUGHT! Danny Coale, all the way!"

I have 3 favorite teams. VT, Kentucky, and whoever the hell is playing Tennessee.

...the upcoming UNC matchup at sea.

We're getting to play UNC on a carrier? Sounds like fun!

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

I know the logistics of this and the actual gameplay can be problematic with condensation on the wood, but this was a cool idea.

The Dude Abides

I was up in Mackinac Island, a small island by Michigan's upper peninsula. Probably the most remote place I have ever been. You have to take a Ferry Boat to get there... No cars, or golf carts or anything on this island. Only horseback rides and bicycle rentals.

I had never ridden a horse before and I was freaking out as a 200lb dude on this old ass horse. We start going by this restaurant and my horse gets spooked (by a dog), half bucks, and does an about face. I'm panicking and the guide comes back to try to salvage the situation. As I'm in full panic mode (in my VT shirt), I hear from the outdoor seating at the restaurant, "Yehaww! Go Hokies!" My fear went away and I lost my shit laughing as the guide was settling the horse.

So to that drunk Hokie fan...every time I put on my Mackinac Island "The Gate House" t-shirt, please know that I have a little horse PTSD...followed by a good laugh.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Mackinac Island is truly a gem. Spent summers up in Northwest Michigan and it is truly amazing. Now winters are another thing, and you can only get to Mackinac by snowmobile.

Parents have a place on Torch Lake. Beautiful area... in the summer.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

Only time I've been to MI, I went to Houghton and Copper Harbor in the middle of January.. It was a horrible idea. It was so damn cold and snowy the entire time we were there.

My family fishes Houghton every year in June and we almost always freeze our asses off one or two days.

Come to Blacksburg and see what the Hokie Pokie is really all about

You local to Michigan?

Recruit Prosim

My Dad has lived in Michigan (Northville) since '03. I spent a summer up there for an internship in '06 and usually get up there a couple times a summer and usually once a Winter to ski Shanty Creek. I have a step brother at MSU and CMU alum step sister. Not a local, but definitely familiar the state. I will say that I have never been to Grand Rapids though. I'm usually flying into Traverse City when I'm meeting them up north. Damn good cherries up there.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

The beer is great too 🍺

Recruit Prosim

No kidding? I passed a kid in a VT hoodie and his family in Reykjavik when I was in Iceland for my honeymoon in 2016. I gave him a 'Go Hokies!' but I think I just scared him. His dad gave me a big grin though.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

I gave him a 'Go Hokies!' but I think I just scared him.

I absolutely HATE when that happens. I'm all like "hey, go Hokies" while they either look right through me, ignore or some BS like that (& it happens quite frequently in C'ville). It is an offensive effrontery, I tell you. Makes me wonder if they're just wahoos that were FORCED to spot Hokie threads due to losing bets or something.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

To be fair, if the shirt was a gift and the kid was from Iceland he was probably clueless and scared. I gave my ex-fiancee's little brother (who's German) some Hokie gear and I'm sure he has caught some "Go Hokies" that confused him as well. Though, I like to think I educated him on VT enough that there was no confusion.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I'd understand it if it's international, but here in VA!?!? And I'm not talking about little kids. I'm talking grown-ass folks, 20s+. Smdh.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

Good point.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

"grown-ass folks, 20s+"? I can tell you from self and life experience, they ain't grown-ass yet.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Happens at least 50 percent of the time I see someone in Hokie gear and damn near 100 percent of the time when someone had Hokie stuff on their car. They just ignore the Go Hokies.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I have a group of friends here in Blacksburg that just got back from Iceland Saturday... Wouldn't be surprised if it was one of them.

I was wandering around Rome at the end of a business trip and saw a guy wearing a Virginia Tech backpack and hat right outside of the Coliseum (the other one). Ran up to him and said "GO HOKIES" in a huge crowed (I have no shame). Him and his wife were both alums and had just gotten married and were honeymooning there. It's a small world.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Good to hear this, I'll be in Reykjavik for a few days this upcoming fall. Any recommendations while I'm there?

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Go to the Blue Lagoon.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

... if you like tourist traps.

Really though, go to the Blue Lagoon.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

YES. This as well. Blue Lagoon was absolutely awesome.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

I know I'm not the only one to ask or wonder about this, but do they have methods and tech to detect if someone may not or may be urinating in it??

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

No... however, the signage and informational brochures, etc. tell you that the water naturally renews itself every 40 hours.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

They advertise it as a "geothermal" spa, but really it's just the urine that keeps it so warm.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

I had your car towed all the way to your house and all you have for me is Light Beer?

Thought about it but it's actually a little out of the way after we leave Reykjavik. Hoping to hit up this geothermal pool instead:

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

Reykjavik Excursions if you have time to block off most of a day for a bus tour. The interior of the country is gorgeous and absolutely worth seeing. In Reykjavik itself I'd just make sure to see Hallgrimskirkja. Lebowski Bar and Chuck Norris Grill are also recommended.

The Orange and Maroon you see, that's fighting on to victory.

Definitely go see Hallgrimskirkja (church) and try to do a northern lights tour. We missed out on the lights all week... just weren't lucky where we were. There are great restaurants all around. Try the Minke Whale if you see it on a menu, it tastes like a merging of ahi tuna steak and beef filet, fantastic. Take a stroll down Laugavegur and grab a cinnamon bun from Braud & Co. (anytime after 11am, just down the hill from the church).

Personally, I am a fan of just aimlessly wandering the city and what it has to offer.

Be prepared, food and drink are quite expensive and can be a shock if unaware. Take a look before hand to see who has happy hour specials going on.

Having a conversation with you is like a Martian talking to a Fungo.

#JustinTime

The Northern Lights are on my bucket list. I spent the entirety of last January in Finland as was pumped to get the chance to see them. However, it was a "warm" January with too much cloud coverage everyday, so I never got the chance. Never even got to see a moose.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

We did the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle tour. We really enjoyed both, but like others said Blue Lagoon is kind of a tourist trap.

Also just a heads up, food is crazy expensive. If you want to save a couple bucks I would recommend finding a grocery store and eating a few meals in. We took some cold cuts on the bus tour which saved us from having to eat at the tourist stop they drop you for lunch.

I've probably told this story before, but in 2016 I took a 3 week trip around Europe and met Hokies in every country I visited. I know we have a pretty large alumni base, but it seems like we wear our school colors more often than most other schools.

"For those who have passed, for those to come, reach for excellence."

I thought we had a fairly middle of the road Alumni base, we just have a lot of pride. (Speaking as a non alum who has something Hokie on every day.)

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Speaking as a non alum

Chem PhD '16

Are you mad? Shocked? Surprised? One of the single largest donors in total money to the program was a non alum. It's how Big programs happen, non alum fans. Everyone* in Ohio starts off as an OSU fan no matter where they end up going to college. Everyone* in South Carolina picks a side USCe or Clemson.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I mean, hell, one of the dirtiest smudges on the internet is a fan site for LOLUVa run by a non-alum...

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Just kind of easy to assume someone is an alum when they start a post off with "I thought we had a fairly middle of the road Alumni base, we just have a lot of pride."

Chem PhD '16

I think of Tech as part of me, just like when someone is talking about football and slips into "we" but they aren't part of them team.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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FAM!

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

i'm heading to South Africa on Sat. Cape Town for a few days, and then Kruger. I'll be representing, and I'm sure I'll see some Hokies.

When my son took a visit to UGA last spring, we got a "Go Hokies!" from an UGA girl whose parents were Hokies. (My son made the right choice and will be in Blacksburg next fall.)

I've been to Hawaii a number of times, and always meet someone.

I love our school.

Ok is South Africa the new it spot to visit? Just had a high school friend have his honeymoon there. A K-8 friend is over there on a trip and got engaged. Another work friend is planning her trip for August.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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Was in Cape Town last April. Beautiful area, the dollar goes a LONGGG ways, the people are friendly, and there's tons to do, especially if you have a rental car (be careful, think left) and can venture 25-50 miles outside of the city. There's amazing wineries, Boulder's beach (where the African penguins hang out), Cape Agulus (southernmost tip of Africa - you can put one foot in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific), and of course Table Mountain above the city. The only thing I regretted not doing was shark cage diving - two orcas were spotted entering the bay and drove them off to deeper seas.

Just like anywhere, be careful where you go and don't go out alone. There's a huge disparity between the rich and poor, nothing like I've ever seen before. Ferrari dealership and mansion on one side of the street and shanty town on the other. We had the "scared stupid" brief from our corporate safety advisor but never had any issues whatsoever.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Ya, it's gotten really bad and it was bad last year when I was there. Some guys from work are going there for about a month starting this Thursday and have been asked to take one shower every three days, which should be normal for a few of them.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

Cape Town? Pack some water.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

In June I was driving to go scuba dive Silfra in Iceland and on the way stopped to take pictures in the middle of nowhere. I was wearing a VT shirt and a couple people shouted Go Hokies! Was pretty cool.

I was in the Cairo airport a couple weeks ago, sporting my VT hat in the customs line. The Egyptian guy right behind me asked if I went to Virginia Tech. Turns out his sister is a CompSci student there. He applied there as well but ended up going to a school in Switzerland.

I like you're username.

#FUENTEenFUEGO
Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I was at PF in Kernersville South Virginia and stopped to talk BBall with a previous stranger in a VT T-shirt on the treadmill. Not really another country, but all I have to add, as I did not see any Hokies in Vienna in November, but was mainly rocking the gear under a coat due to the rain, as they may have been.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own

I live over in Munich and travel around Europe and the world as much as I can. Always rep VT and TKP when I am around touristy spots. I´ve run into a few wahoos (in France believe it or not) but Hokies are harder to come by. Maybe I´m just looking in the wrong places.

Hope to see some TKPers in the future!

Munich, Germany

Drink an Erdinger Urweisse. Or a Hacker Pschorr Helles. You'll thank me later.

I live in Wiesbaden and saw someone sporting a VT hat at the local auto parts store. I went up to him and found out that he was a local German but has a relative living in the Virginia Beach area and picked up a hat while visiting there recently.

Cool man! I´ve given my girlfriend (she´s German... or as she identifies as, Bavarian) VT stuff to wear around.

Probably a bit of a stretch, but I´d be game for meeting up with Hokies around Germany to watch a game sometime. Gotta find some interest.

Munich, Germany

Drink an Erdinger Urweisse. Or a Hacker Pschorr Helles. You'll thank me later.

This is my last Oktoberfest this year so I'll be out in your neck of the woods sometime during football season, so we can definitely make this happen!

I´ve been 6 years in a row and don´t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Munich, Germany

Drink an Erdinger Urweisse. Or a Hacker Pschorr Helles. You'll thank me later.

I'll be bringing some Hokie students to TUM this spring and could use some guidance... email me v t b e e r at v t dot edu

I´ll shoot you an email in a few hours.

Munich, Germany

Drink an Erdinger Urweisse. Or a Hacker Pschorr Helles. You'll thank me later.

I was in Iceland in late January and saw someone wearing VT gear. After the obligatory "Go Hokies!" he either A) didn't hear me or B) ignored me.

I know I've told this one before, but my wife and I went to Italy for our honeymoon back in 2013. Rome, Florence, and Venice I, without fail, got at least one "Go Hokies" each day I wore my VT jacket. But without fail, the most remote place I got one was Vernazza in the Cinque Terre region:

In the middle of that square you'll see some umbrellas which are covering the outdoor eating areas of a few restaurants. Beautiful place. As my wife and I were walking by this area in particular:

I got a Go Hokies from someone sitting at the far corner who was sitting down for lunch with his wife. Come to find out he had just retired as an engineering professor from Tech after 30+ years on the job and this was the trip he and his wife took to celebrate. I don't remember the names or the specific department he taught within, but I am sure some of you had his class. Really cool moment that really struck home just how much VT is spreading not only nationally, but internationally as well.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Places like that make me wish I was able to travel more.

Yeah, one thing my wife and I did before we had our first was make sure we traveled to see some of the world. One thing we do is try to avoid the main touristy times, so we went to Italy in late October and went on a trip to Amsterdam, Bruges and Brussels in mid-February last year. The cost is much cheaper, and the areas are still beautiful. You also have the added bonus of not having to deal with wall to wall people everywhere you go.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

That sounds marvelous. I've been so many places in America, but haven't had the opportunity for international travel outside of "just across the border" places like Tijuana, Mexico, or cruise ship stop Nassau, Bahamas.

I used to watch House Hunters International purely to see the shots of all the locations wishing I could visit them. Ireland has always been my wish for a first stop in international travel since it's the home of my ancestors. I think my next wish stop is Turkey for the historical mixing pot it is.

I have four friends in Iceland as we speak, but right now, my dream destinations are Australia and New Zealand. My wife's never been to Europe, and she really wants to visit the UK, Ireland, Scotland, etc. I also wouldn't mind revisiting Germany, where I spent a year and a half while in the Army.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

Put the Faroe Islands on that list as well. It's been my dream destination for quite some time and unfortunately won't be able to make it there during my Iceland trip, but it looks like Luke Skywalker's hideout.

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

I have a friend that just moved to NZ.

I'm not jealous at all. /S

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I'm not going to lie, I'm jealous for you.

New Zealand is a bucket list item for me. Another one would be an Alaskan cruise. Now that RCCL, Norwegian, and Celebrity are sending their newer more state of the art ships to Alaska where there are legitimate options for the kids to have fun, that might be in my plans in the next 5 years or so.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Can confirm that Alaskan cruises are amazing. I did one with Norwegian a few summers ago and it was absolutely incredible.

Seconded. 2011 I did 7 days. Ziplines, brewery tours, glacier tour in sea planes, glacier tours we canoed to, and whale watching. Beautiful views every day.

“I turned down 12 other opportunities. You know what I mean?” - Fuente

We went to Ireland and Scotland this past October. Highly recommend them both. Even ran into some Hokies at Edinburgh Castle.

Wearing my Tech hat, got a "go hokies" from a passerby at Heathrow back in December while waiting in the cab line. Pretty neat.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

Man, you guys get around.

I was just in a Waynesboro, representin'

The farthest place from the US that I got a "Go Hokies" was at a bar next to the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Did you ask him for any Grey Poupon? /s

Seriously though, that place just screams unimaginable wealth.

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

You are correct.

Story time for something that came up in my AMA: I'm standing about 8 to 10 meters behind whoever took this photo, which caused a bit of controversy in UK for dumb reasons.

Parties there, especially during F1 week, tend to be crazy. Yacht parties during F1 are ridiculous. Parties on a Royal member's yacht is...well, seen to be believed.

The party above was fairly tame though. My group left about 40 minutes later.

To keep with this thread though, I neither saw nor met any Hokies during this trip, unfortunately.

Is....is that Prince Harry?

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

correct

Soooo...you partied with Harry?

“Stats are for losers.” -Mel Kiper Jr.

nah, he had his group of peeps and way too many people trying to be near him. I was in the general vicinity for short time. quick "nice to meet you's" then back to respective partying efforts. If he had asked me to join then obviously would have. The Marina is teeming with all manner of people on the who's who, and at least one or two Hokies apparently.

I was only there for just over 3 months. The other Hokie I met was a retired expat in UAE and a regular at Stars N' Bars in the Marina.

It was amazing just walking around the Marina and seeing the giant Yachts. They are ridiculous. Also, the Yas Viceroy Hotel is one of the coolest buildings I have ever seen.

Did you go check out Emirates Palace Hotel? That place is next level. With gold vending machine and all.

Abu Dhabi beach resorts in the winter time are time well spent. Weather is fantastic. Beaches are beautiful. Water temp is perfect. Seafood and food in general is incredible. Highly recommend if anyone has the chance.

Highly recommend if anyone has the chance money.

FTFY.

The Poster Formerly Known As The Spirit Of Bernard Basham

I did make it to the Emirates Palace Hotel. I went for afternoon tea. I also made it to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. If anyone is in Abu Dhabi, that place is a must visit. I have some stunning pictures on my phone somewhere. It is massive.

Unfortunately my 3 months there were spent over the summer. It was hot and humid. I wish I could have made it there in the winter months. I did make it to Dubai for day trips a couple times. What is crazy is that I was able to Ski, go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, and go to a zoo and aquarium in the same day, and it was all within 2 malls in Dubai. My other visit I went to the Atlantis water park and swam in the sea next to the Burj al Arab.

I've told this story before, but I was in a bar in Moab, Utah watching the Thursday night (I think it was WVU) game in '95. Wearing my VT hat, I walked by the bar coming back from the can and an older fellow at the bar looked at me, at my hat, at the television on the wall, then back at me and said that he didn't know Vermont even had a football team. Times, my friends, have changed.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

I've been all over and always see the VT somewhere. MVs at the Beijing airport was the biggest contingent, though.