Instead we went to the Dialog Museum. What an experience that was! We went to the "Casino for Communication." The casino presented nine different game situations. We divided into groups and went from station to station to complete different tasks. (My students will think that sounds like one of my classes!) These are really hard to describe, but I will try a few. In one game, a topic was given and each player had to write down 8 things they thought of that connected to the topic
. The goal was to match what others had written down. One of the words was 'rose' and each of us had to think of 8 words that connected with rose. The idea was to try to match what others would say--looking for the most common concepts. In another game partners reached into a box and found items; by describing them to the partner, each pair tried to match items they found in the box. When the pair thought they had a match they pulled out the items to see if they matched. The first pair to make three matches won. At another, a story starter was read by one of the players. Each player took turns being the story teller. The story teller was randomly given three words that they had to weave into the 'rest of the story.' The other players then had to figure out what three words the story teller had been given based on the story they told. The idea of that one was to use your body language and expressive language to disguise the random words and weave them into a story that made sense. It was a great way to get to know each other better and just have fun.
We went to the Dauth-Schneider Restaurant for a late lunch. They served Apfelwein (an apple wine). It tasted like cider vinegar to me, so I had Coca Cola light instead.
The highlight of the day was attending the FIFA Frauen Weltmeisterschaft 2011 final game
. The game was sold out. It was just by chance that the USA team was playing in the finals. When the tickets were purchased months ago no one knew who would be playing. I have never been to such a major sporting event so it was quite an experience. We traveled to the game by train a couple hours before the game began. The train was PACKED! It was full of fans of both teams in addition to other soccer fans. Our group leader had a challenge keeping our whole group together. As we walked from the train station to the arena, many people were holding signs asking for tickets. I would assume that most of them didn't have any luck. Some musicians were playing/singing with an open case in which people put money. Several of us struck up a conversation with a couple young men from Georgia and Texas who were living in Germany and trying to get tickets. They told us that if they were not able to get into the game they would go to a sports bar to watch the game and then come back to the arena afterward to join the celebrations.
We had been warned about the security checks we would go through to get into the stadium. No guns, fireworks, alcohol, cigarettes. I was clear there. But, they confiscated by bottle of water. I had made a special trip out of the hotel to get that bottle of water to have at the game. Darn. I hadn't realized that water could be a problem. Of course, they just wanted to sell all the beverages at the game, not have them brought in. I had to pay 5 Euro for a Coke. That included 1 Euro as a deposit on the plastic cup. There was plenty of alcohol inside the stadium to be purchased.
It was a great match and a lot of fun to watch. The outcome wasn't what we had hoped for. But, if we had to lose to another country, I suppose Japan deserves to have something to celebrate after such a challenging year in their country.
We arrived back at the hotel after 1a.m. What a long day. Tomorrow we leave early for Leipzig. More later.
Our bicycle tour of the Frankfurt area was canceled. The reason given by our leader was that there were not enough bikes available for our whole group. The reason given by one of our German-speaking guides was that the bike rental shop wasn't open on Sundays. Wouldn't they have known that when they planned our itinerary? I was disappointed about not doing the bike ride. I thought it would be fun.