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World Cup 2006 [20060624|14:26]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Things I've Never Done Before Wot I've Done In The Last Ten Days:

- Visited Germany
- Attended five World Cup matches
- Stayed awake all night on the train and watched the lights reflecting off the Rhine
- Eaten weisswurst (Mmm, veal.)
- Met mysti77 (At last!)
- Spoken very bad Spanish and even worse German to people other than Marco
- Been soaked in beer on a daily basis (Externally.)
- Worn open-toed shoes on a daily basis without getting stepped on once
- Exchanged shirts with a Brazilian man (We weren't exactly the same size.)

The wee hours in Dortmund, dronk

- Loved being in huge crowds* of dancing**, singing*** people so much.

This trip bowled me over, especially watching people from all over the world shaking hands and laughing and trading shirts at the ends of matches and communicating through gesture when language didn't work. I think I'm still high on the great vibes. (It can't be the weissbier, we drank all of that.)


* The Argentina v. Serbia-Montenegro match after Argentina's third goal.
** The tram ride to the stadium for the Brazil v. Japan match.
*** Mind you, this & the previous video were shot over six hours prior to kick-off.

[User Picture]From: impix
2006-06-24 14:47 (UTC)
thats fantastic
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-06-24 14:52 (UTC)
It was! We met so many nice people. I was amazed that there was absolutely no hint of violence or aggression or anything but friendly banter from any of the tens of thousands flooding the tiny German cities.

But part of that may have been due to not attending any of the England or Germany matches, sadly. :-/
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[User Picture]From: 3g0
2006-06-24 16:23 (UTC)
Oh my god, that is so awesome, I'm so happy you got to go. What an event to attend!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-07-01 11:30 (UTC)
Thank you. Me too, especially since it provided a bit of an emotional buffer for some of the stuff that happened on this trip.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2006-06-24 18:04 (UTC)
Jeez that looks like a lot of fun.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-07-01 11:31 (UTC)
It was phenomenal. One of the best experiences of my life, truly.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-07-02 05:27 (UTC)
So jealous!
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2006-06-25 09:22 (UTC)
Welcome back! I've only seen footage of the games with some clips of the fans. Now I can see why people have gone to Germany even without tickets.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-07-01 11:36 (UTC)
Yep, the atmosphere and the energy of the crowds outside the stadiums often equalled that of those inside.
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From: tdj
2006-06-26 06:57 (UTC)
Man, now I know why they don't use their hands in soccer.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-07-01 11:28 (UTC)
Well, you know what they say about men with big hands.
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From: tdj
2006-07-01 19:41 (UTC)
They make good goalies?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2006-07-01 11:27 (UTC)

Re: Paint by Country

I saw a guy getting painted up at a fan fest - full body Czech republic colors. They were working on his ass when I passed by. Trousers and pants around the ankles. Erm.
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