Road Trip Kiev: It’s raining, it’s pouring. No, seriously, it’s POURING.

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KIEV — PST proprietor Steve was nice enough to let me chronicle my trip to the Ukraine for the European Championship, so I’ll be bringing you lovely people dispatches throughout the next week from the ground. A friend and I are headed into the stadiums for Netherlands-Germany (suddenly so much more important for the Dutch) and England-Sweden, and we’ll also be bouncing around various cities trying to get a lay of the land and find Jimmy Conrad.

A couple quick thoughts before I crash for a bit since the last time I slept in a proper bed was before the United States-Antigua and Barbuda match

* There are lots of Swedish fans streaming into Kiev for tomorrow’s opening match against the home country. I’m sure they will be significantly outnumbered, but it’s nice to see them arrive regardless. Plus, both teams are blue and yellow anyway, so how can you tell who’s rooting for who?

* The aforementioned Swedish fans have quite the appetite for Jagermeister.

* The dedicated Euro 2012 lines (see above) at customs in the Kiev airport are amazingly convenient.

* It poured earlier today. It’s hard to tell from the video below, but trust us. Even our cab driver was impressed.

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