Day 9 - World Cup Fever
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We awoke quite late and both paid a little for the dark ale we consumed the night before. This couldnâ€™t damped our spirits or lower our anticipation for the day ahead though. Croatia were to play Brazil in a World Cup group match and walking out into the main square we could already sense the buzz. Flags hung from windows and we could see many football shirts already.
We spent most of the day in the hostel, talking with other travelers and mainly killing time until the match started. A huge screen had been assembled in the main square and the hostel guys prepared us for an equally huge crowd and a wonderful atmosphere. They also announced that everyone in the hostel was to attend the match and that the hostel would be closed until the final whistle!
Hutch and I headed out with a new single serving friend of ours, Ian from Manchester.
We got a few beers in as the atmosphere grew and the sun came down. The square was now awash with a sea of red and white. I even spotted a dog wearing the national football top of Croatia! The match kicked off and the whole place was buzzing. Croatia played very well against the â€śbest team in the worldâ€ť and were unlucky to lose 1-0. Still the Croats continued the party after the final whistle, with more beer flowing and fans jumping into the squares water feature!
A group of Croats caught our accents and were delighted to see a couple of Scots supporting Croatia (albeit, Dave being English!).
We headed to a club along with the rest of the hostel and saw out the night before all returning for some sleep after a great day. Tomorrow we leave for Sofia and will be very sad to leave Zagreb so soon. The people are fantastic and I hope I get the chance to go back.