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Day 4: Hamburg
Well, I am on the train going to Hamburg, today is one of the days I am really looking forward to. After getting about eight hours sleep I got up had some breakfast, showered, packed up and made my way to the Hauptbahnhof. It is a cold day but sunny. Today my only real plan is to get to Hamburg, check in relax and then make my way to the game, which is fine with me as much walking as I did yesterday, a little sore today.
Hamburg is the second largest port in Europe behind, I believe Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It should be interesting to see.
Tonight Germany plays Finland in the World Cup Qualifiers, now Saturday Germany qualified for the World Cup by beating Russia 1-0 in Moskow, so tonight is not a big game for Deutschland as far as qualifying but it should be fun none the less. It is cold and I wonder what that means for the game. It will be my first time to go to a soccer game of two countries, the only soccer I have seen live is the Wizards, which is good but nothing on this scale.
Having just settled into my hotel, I went out for a little snack, I went to one of the best snack foods in Germany, brought to you by…the Turkish people. My favorite is a Döner Dürüm, which is a little like a gyro but so much better. Served on what would almost be a tortilla, it is thinly sliced lamb meat, with some tomato, cucumber, and little cabbage and some yummy sauce to boot. After this I got ready and went out to the game. The city was a buzz with this match, people everywhere dressed in Jersey’s, black, red and yellow beads flowers, etc. The atmosphere going to the game was fantastic, people were singing. When they found out that I was American with a German jersey they were interested and we talked a lot about this.
The game was a blast, though Germany played the first half very soft and allowed Finland an early first goal. At the half I went with the family I was sitting next to, to the concourse and we were chatting about many things. Quickly in line for…well another good Germany beer I began speaking with another person from Paderborn, which is not far from where the Langner side of my family comes from.