Good times here in Berlin. Germany are playing Ecuador across town in a few minutes, and I think we’re planning to head to one of the giganto Fan Fest locations. Some quick hits:
–The pre-game atmosphere, hours before the game, was pretty impressive. People were banging drums on top of buses, and they were playing Wagner at the mall. And these are Germans weâ€™re talking about here â€“ not usually given to this sort of display. Pretty good stuff.
–In terms of World Cup fashion, itâ€™s apparently become completely acceptable to walk around wearing your teamâ€™s flag as a cape, even if theyâ€™re not actually playing that day. Itâ€™s all the rage.
–I’ll admit that even I was shocked by how late this town stays open. Shocked. It’s like Vegas with clocks. And it was a Monday.
–After poking around for a couple days, we finally located a gigantic Haribo stand. Gummy fruit salad, anyone?
–On the topic of food, our crew caved last night and ate vegetables. I think we were actually kind of desperate for something green. Salads all around. (Though I did manage to eat some fried pork cutlet with my salad.)
–In the random coincidence department, the guy sitting across from us on the train yesterday was wearing a t-shirt from Linda’s Tavern, which is the name of my rec league team in C@L. Hilarious.