We arrived in Frankfurt around 6:45 a.m. on the morning of Sunday, June 11. We headed down to the S-Bahn train station to travel to our hotel. (We stayed at the Hilton Frankfurt, which was on the house thanks to my Hilton HHonors frequent traveler points.)
The motto of the 2006 World Cup was "A Time to Make Friends" and waiting for the train we made our first- a group of fans from Australia. The Aussies, who go by the nickname "Socceroos," were making their first World Cup appearance since 1974, and their fans appeared ready to party. Already busy downing beers while waiting for the train, this group was in a rollicking, joyous mood, despite a long journey from Sydney to Hong Kong to Frankfurt. And we hope they had a good time, because one member of this group quit his job as a local broadcaster to make the trip.