Sunday, July 09, 2006
We had learned on the trip that World Cup enthusiasm knows no bounds, especially when it comes to celebrating your national team. But having won three World Cups, we figured the Germans would take an "act like you've been there before" attitude towards a 1-0 win over Poland and qualification for the Final 16. We were quite wrong.
Upon returning to the Marienplatz, the celebration was already underway. Drivers were blaring their car horns, fans were dancing, cheering, chanting, climbing centuries-old statues, waving German flags. We had never seen a celebration anything close to this in person, and the closest thing we could compare it to was Boston after the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series. Keep in mind, though, this was only a first round game and it was played six hours north of Munich. Best of all, though, it was a very joyful and peaceful party. No one seemed intent on causing any problems.
We walked over to the train station to wait for our train back to Frankfurt: a 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. red eye. We only had the opportunity to spend 13 hours in Munich, but we certainly squeezed in a lot of action.