Sunday, July 13, 2014

Berlin - Day 2 Part 2

So it felt wrong to talk about the World Cup in the same post as Sachsenhausen so I've split the rest of Day 2 into a separate post.

When I booked our trip to Berlin, I didn't even know that the World Cup would be going on, much less that Deustchland would be in the Finals the night we were there.

After we left the concentration camp, we walked from Alexanderplatz to Brandenburger Tor looking for Team Deustchland T-Shirts or other red, black, and yellow stuff!

Landon really wanted to go to the Fan Mile to see all the craziness, but the police blocked off each section and wouldn't allow any more people in after it filled up. Here is a picture of what it looked like. We ended up just on the other side of the gate at the back of the picture.

Basically, I'm pretty glad we we're there. Here we are in front of the Brandenburger Tor! And here are some German fans!!

After this, we headed back to our hotel to drop off our things then went back out to find dinner and a place to watch the game. We ended up at an authentic German restaurant that had a small group of locals watching the game. We had this amazing dinner and finished eating right before it got started. Let me just say, if we had sauerkraut like this back home, I would eat it every day. EVERY. DAY. So freaking good. I don't know how we mess it up so bad!

This is a pork knuckle. It's a pig's front knee and it is delicious.

We watched about 2/3 of the game at the bar, but after a really long day, we were basically falling asleep in our seats (which were barstools-- not a good combination!) so we headed back to the hotel to watch the rest of the game. Then GERMANY WON! YAAAAAY!!! We were in a pretty quite section of city but it was still loud and crazy out. It sounded like everyone with a car went and sat in the driver's seat with their hand on the horn for a solid hour! There were tons of fireworks and lots of yelling. I can only imagine what it was like in the fan mile. I figure it was similar to Franklin Street circa 2005 or 2009 but multiplied by a whole country not just one (icky) school! 

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