Monday, June 26, 2006

zurueck!


I am back after a few days under intensive World Cup fever... all I could see around me were soccer balls, soccer balls and oh, soccer balls, fans, flags, and the like. There is an incredible celebration spirit all over, a colorful party, many visitors from all over the world, and a "round" concept .

Even my favorite Franzbrötchen (a special cinnammon pastry, only found in Hamburg!!) was properly served with a soccer mug of coffee!

This is Hamburg's city hall and one of the outdoor cafes , this one reunited Czech fans that morning before the game. Germany does not always enjoy sunny weather, specially in the north ( I know this, I lived almost 9 years in Hamburg before moving to Barcelona) but the weather has been almost exceptionally nice during this world cup!


Here the Italian fans head out to the next party



They probably waited for the bus here, on those football benches...!



Small flags were seen decorating (not only) cars, bikes and motorbikes! The World Cup has given the Germans a unique opportunity to look at their flag from a different perspective, it is about time.

Even this airplane reads "Willkommen zum Fussball", welcome to football! (click to enlarge)

I managed to capture some "non-world cup" moments! which will be posted soon. Here!

23 comments:

  1. Good pics, Mar, I have wondered where you were. Welcome back!

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  2. Glad you had fun. Thanks for sharing the pics.

    Wish you the best this week and always.

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  3. Welcome back, I know you are asleep now because you were heading to bed a few hours ago lol.
    Looks like there was soccer everywhere , crazy.

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  4. I did notice the soccer mug. I was to comment about it but you did already. Hope your pillows in your hotel didn't have soccer pillow cases (Lol).
    Missed you on Photo Hunt.

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  5. so near and yet so far! ;) had i known that you were coming to Hamburg we could have arranged a blog meet. We often go and spend saturdays or sundays in Hamburg. Nosotros vivimos cercita de Flensburg, la frontera :)
    I love Hamburg!! The Venice of Germany. Will have to try the cinnamon pastry you mentioned.

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  6. Wow, sounds like a wonderful trip and Germany is doing so well in World Cup...I bet the country is excited. They said on TV that the priest were saying special prayers at Mass all over Ecuador and that the website for Ecuador had gone from 120 hits to 13,000 hits per day! See what a good team can do for a country?

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  7. Thanks for the pictures. I love to see what others get to see! Sound like you had a very nice trip and a fun time. It is great to go into a festive mood and find all the partying going on! I look forward to more on the trip!

    Welcome home!

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  8. Yep, those Europeans LOVE their football. :) Looks like you had a good time, despite the barrage of soccer stuff. Glad you're back safe.

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  9. Welcome Home Mar...Hope you had had a fabulous time...Though I have no interest in the World Cup---Is is STILL going on????) I love seeing the pictures you posted...!

    Hard to believe there is just one more day to go here...! Yippee! This is almost as exciting as The World Cup! (Lol)

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  10. Oh - thank you so much for sharing those wonderful photos. :) Yeah, my mom was telling me that the weather is just incredible. Glad you had so much fun :).

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  11. Fun pictures! Its so interesting to me how big of a deal the World Cup is in other countries, because its not a big deal at all in the States.

    Can't wait to see the rest of your pictures.

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  12. How fun that you could visit Germany for World Cup fever! Toronto is a very multinational city, so there are flags from all kinds of countries adorning the cars here, too.

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  13. Looks like you really had a fantastic time on your trip! I love these photos...Welcome Back! *s*

    Nothing new at my blog today...lazy me!

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  14. oh mar, it sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you got to go!!!yeah for travels... :)

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  15. Oh how exciting!!! We have been watching on the tube, but it isn't the same as actually being there.
    Hubby is very much into it as he lived in Germany for about 11 years. Even though technically his heritage is Scottish, he is a German at heart! LOL

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  16. How fun! We've been so cuaght up in World Cup that we just need some time outta the house the weekend. I owuld love to travel to another country. . . someday!

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  17. what FUN!!! the energy there must have been incredible. i WANT that pastry!!! yummmmm...

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  18. Thank you dear Mar...I look firward to seeing you later...And I cannot believe it's already the 27th in Spain...I mean, I can..but it is hard to wrap my mind around it, you know? Later, my darlimg Mar.

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  19. Looks like a great thing to bind countryfolk together. Glad you had a good time.

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  20. Oh HOW FUN!!! I love to BE at events like that! The energy is INCREDIBLE!!! And that little pastry suuuuuuure looks yummy! Mmmm mmm! Can't wait to see the next round of pics!

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  21. Aaah! The joys of football, was it nice to get back to the normality of Barcelona? Wait what am I saying?

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  22. Isn't the mood in Germany just great right now? We're really enjoying it. Love your pictures!

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  23. My second visit to you today, lol, this one directed by Wendy. Living in the UK I am constantly surrounded by the football thing, its driving me crazy. TV, radio, the lady in the shop, my kids, newspapers...

    I think I could put up with it all far more graciously if I were in Hamburg, with the Frida Kahlo exhibition.

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