Australian Sporting History!!

Trip Start Feb 21, 2006
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Trip End Jul 20, 2006


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Saturday, June 24, 2006

Hey

I am in Stuttgart at them moment, preparing to head to Kaiserlautern, tomorrow. Simply, I am having the time of my life. I arrived in Stuttgart with no ticket for the Aussie Croatia game, but after a morning of searching around scalpers. I had a ticket. 300 euro, but boy is it the best 300 I have ever spent, I went with 2 other girls Lena and Kate. It was absoloutly amazing. I have never been so high and so low in the space of 90 minutes. I have some of the best photos ever...and I totally lost my voice. The chanting started around one with thousands of Aussies having chanting contest with the Croatians. It was incredibly..the great thing was that Aussie Aussie Aussie was almost never used. We were coming up with heaps of great Chants. It was incredible..I am going to be saying that word a lot. It was and vibrant atmosphere at the stadium, the Aussies were going off. Walking to the stadium I was shaking and when my ticket worked I ran around jumping for about 10 minutes. The next 90 minutes was incredible and was followed by the longest chant session ever outside a stadium about 3000 Aussies stood on the steps of the stadium and chanted. Amazing!!!

(A few days later) What a massive few days, I am having the time of my life at the moment. Germany is the biggest party town in the world.

This morning we went on the Amazing race for World Cup Tickets around Stuttgart. I met up with a mate, Michael Bolton, and another guy. Who believe it or not turned out to be Mark Daniels (A Mate, who I went to school and Uni with) older brother Tim, bloody small world. There was intense pressure around the place, Aussies were everywhere on Internet terminals and around town on mobile phones. The announcement meant was going to be made at 9 and it was going to be a First Come First Served basis. With only 1500 tickets and about 60000 Australians in Germany it was going to be tough. By the way, I was meant to fly to Barcelona today, not chance. Missed my flight.

We were at the train station with heaps of Aussies, we decided sitting in a net cafe was a bad idea as everybody was doing it. No chance of getting a cab if you need it. So we went outside at about 8.50 and found a cab, there were heaps of people who had the same idea. Everyone was sitting in cabs..waiting. I was on the phone to my brother and dad in Aussie, and they where sitting on a computer waiting for the location. As soon as it came up I shouted the location to the taxi driver and we were off..On a race for tickets, about 30 cabs headed of at the same time and people started streaming out of the station. It was intense pressure...weaving in between cabs..encouraging the taxi driver to go faster and faster...this was life or death...we pulled up to traffic lights about a minute away, with heaps of caps around filled with Aussies, when suddenly a taxi door opened and someone started running. All of a sudden everyone was out the door and about 200 people sprinting through the streets. It was crazy..after 5 months of drinking I am really unfit and the 400 metre sprint really took its toll on me. But we rounded the corner only to be faced with masses of Aussie already queuing. It was 9.05 and we couldn't have made it any faster.

Dejected at first, we all lined up hope that we were under the 1500. At first it didn't look hopeful...but after waiting for about 2 hours I was given a wrist band, which guaranteed me a ticket..Relief at last..I HAVE A TICKET..time for K-Town!!!

I left there with the guy I had bought the tickets with and we headed down to the beer garden for a celebration! I had one beer, and felt really sick..the adrenaline had vanished and the hangover from the previous nights drinking kicked in..I had a massive night with Phil, Dex and Matty (who is in my soccer team) and a bunch of other Aussie guys and girls. Massive I did about 5 and a half litres, the boys did 6 and a half as they started before me...Now that was catch up to me..So.. Michael walk 20 metres to a bit of grass and passed out for about 3 hour...It was an intense day!

Mal
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