Moving to a new country is stressful. Moving to a new country is even more stressful when you do not speak the local language. However, you can always speak an universal sport language on any field.
Upon arriving in my new El Dorado, I didn't properly speak English, so, apart from my family, it was hard to communicate with anybody. Luckily, there was park next to our apartment complex, and one day, I saw some people playing soccer and decided to go watch them.
To my surprise, they were not speaking English, but rather Spanish.
Thus, started my education in the US.
We always thought everyone speaks English here, but that was not really true. Nevertheless, they were the first friends I made in this new place. They saw me watching them play, and finally, one of them asked me if I wanted to join them. I did, and playing with them became the one thing I looked forward to every day after school or work. I guess, I impressed them enough, and the asked me to play for them in their soccer league.
We played pick ups during the week, and games or tournaments during the week-end.They always had somebody give me a ride to the fields, as I didn't drive, and didn't even know the concept of a driving license at the time.
The love they have for soccer was amazing, and those years I spent playing and hanging out with them truly were truly amazing, now that I think about it.