Day 26 - World Cup Quarter Final!

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After a very decent sleep on the train from Krakow, we arrived in Berlin. Despite leaving the wonderful city of Krakow, we were very excited about being in Berlin, particularly on this very day. Today, Berlin would host one of the World Cup quarter finals and we were in town for this massive occasion. We didn't have tickets for the game but were going to head to the Tiergarten, along with thousands of others to watch on the huge screens. To our fortune, none other than Germany were playing, against fellow powerhouses Argentina. The vibe in the city was clear to see already despite it being morning.

First things first though, we had to find our hostel and check in. Both of which were a nightmare.
Brandenburg Gate
For a start, we took so long in actually getting to and finding the hostel. It wasn't that central despite their website saying otherwise. When we did eventually turn up they had no note of our booking. And despite being armed with an email confirmation of our own, they still weren't satisfied. I had to resort to showing them a record of the reservation deposit from a bank statement online. We eventually got our room but they were still adamant that it wasn't their fault the booking wasn't on their system.

On finding our dorm room in a total state and our beds unmade, we dumped our backpacks and headed for the city centre. There was enough time for some sightseeing prior to the Germany Vs Argentina game kicking off.  On our way into town we even managed some celeb spotting, as we managed to catch a glimpse of Andy Brehme, the hero of Germany's 1990 World Cup campaign as he scored the only goal of the final from the penalty spot.
Reichstag


On our way to the Tiergarten we passed by the Brandenburg gate, which was quite a sight. Unfortunately, today was not a day for sightseeing, as swarms of football fans gathered around the city. We stopped by the Reichstag for a look, and the place was queuing out of the door. At this point we decided to head to the Tiergarten to get a good spot in front of one of the huge screens and more importantly, a beer.

And so, beer in hand we were ready for kick-off. Our perch was excellent, as we were close enough to a beer stall and had a perfect view of the screen. Just in front of us was a couple of German families who were all clearly friends. We soon got talking to them after their kids had a little half-time game of football with us, albeit with plastic cups and not a football.
Reichstag
They were really friendly, funny and keen to talk with us about the game. With the 2nd half and extra time ending in a draw, a tense penalty shoot-out began. Germany held their nerves and won the penalty shoot-out and the party really kicked off! I can distinctly remember one of our newly acquired German friends grabbing Dave and I to engage in a celebratory bopp around, with beers in hand. We got soaked to say the least, but we didn't care. We were in the zone by now.

By this time we had consumed quite a few beers, and even more were on their way! The rest of the night was a little bit of a blur. I can recall little fragments of the ensuing night, from playing man-size connect 4 to posing with half-naked girls and goofing around so much that we were asked if we were the guys from Jackass. Not sure if this is something to be proud of, but hell it was funny. One of the last things I can remember was waving around a massive Germany flag whilst wearing an equally big German hat! Ich bin idioten!

The shenanigans continued throughout the night, most of which cannot be published in this blog, until we eventually returned to the hostel at about 3am. Tomorrow morning will not be great.........
levu says:
you know i am learning German.
some one told me before that German people do not speak, i did not believe it anyway.
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
tommylennie says:
Yeah it was cool, quite an experience. And it's not true about Germans not speaking English to us. We watched the game with a German family and they spoke in English the whole time. As did many other Germans we met whilst in Berlin.
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
levu says:
it is seiously cool
i would like to be there once , drinking beer and speaking German.
Is it true that German people will not speak English to you?
Posted on: Apr 22, 2010
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