I should have finished this post yesterday when I was feeling more joyous, but now that it’s time to return to life I have no other option ;-).
Last Friday the Soccer World Cup finally started after we had been counting down for weeks. Ever since I’m living in a country covered in black, red and gold, the national colors for Germany. Flags on cars, houses, people clad in black, red and gold. You name it. And when the German team plays the whole country comes to a standstill, the streets lay abandoned. And oh, how victorious and glorious we saw our team playing, scoring 4 goals in the first match playing Australia. Well, the downturn came fast today after loosing against Serbia. But there’s still hope that we’ll get into the second round.
Oh, and yes, of course, there are 31 other teams playing, too ;-). After this first weeks some things have become clear:
- The team of the country hosting the cup unfortunately isn’t granted to advance to round 2. After a draw in the first match and losing the second there’s barely a chance that the South African team will get any farther.
- Favorites are not always what they’re supposed to be. Argentina played very low and the Cup Winner from 2006, Italy, had a very hard time during their games. And even Spain, European Champion of 2008 lost against Switzerland.
- If you thought that loud is loud you’ve never listened to a Vuvuzela. Vuvu-what? Vuvuzela – a trumpet-like instrument that creates a sound close to a swarm of bees, but about 1000 times louder (130 decibels). Some tv stations are now offering the matches with 2 sound channels: one with the original sound and a second where the sound is technically adjusted so you won’t hear the noise as much.
Anyways, so far it’s been lots of fun watching the matches. So be sure to get a glimpse while the Cup is on… To finish this post off, I’ve got some pictures of this week for you: