Football, or soccer to my fellow Americans, is the most popular sport in the world. Adam and I are like a majority from the USA who don’t normally follow it, that is UNTIL the world cup. This world cup was way different to us as we were in football loving countries this whole last year. In Germany it was amazing to see how everyone was flying flags, cars decked out, you name it they were proud to be German.
Here is a sneak peak of what being in Berlin, Germany at Fanmeile park was like last night:
Since my heritage is half German I had to join in and dress the part, what do you think?
We watched Germany’s first game in Cape Town, South African with friends from our safari who were from Germany & England. We watched Germany’s game 2&3 in Germany, and infamous semi-final game against Brazil while we were in Poland. Last nights finale we watched from Fanmeile (fan mile park) in Berlin, Germany! Fanmeile park is Germany’s largest public viewing event, over a million people come to watch the games and I can imagine last attendance was record high. There are 5 large screen’s spread out along fan mile, we were at screen 4.
Did we plan this? Yes and no. When planning our RTW trip we had no clue this would happen. We knew we were going to be in Europe for the world cup, and we decided early on it would be awesome to be in a country that MIGHT make it all the way. We thought about Germany & Spain instantly, and Adam’s parents roadtrip with us sealed the deal to have us in Germany. We cheered Germany on all the way from the start, and once we landed in Frankfurt we loaded up on fan gear complete with shirts, hats, and crazy glasses!
We got to the park around 7pm, we endured the 2 hours of rain before the game started but then right when the game started it stopped. Extra time happened and we had no plans of cutting out early. Oh was it worth it, when Germany scored that goal the crowd went mad. Beer was flying through the air, hugs and kisses were every way, and just a few minutes later it was over. GERMANY WINS and that’s when the horns started and didn’t stop for HOURS. Fireworks went off, red colored smoke bombs everywhere, singing & cheering galore even though we had no clue what they were singing.
We walked back to our hotel, a lovely 20 min walk and handed out numerous high fives on the way back. People were hanging out of their cars flying flags, playing we are the champions, and the beeping it was non stop. We both are so happy we were in Germany to take part in this celebration. I think watching the world cup is addictive and we can’t wait for 2018!