Festivals, Football and Fun!

July 19, 2014 at 11:24 am (Germany)

So I haven’t been anywhere particularly exciting lately but still there seems to be a lot to write home about!  The lead up to summer is the best time in Darmstadt though, as we are blessed with so many festivals and this year even beautiful weather.  As I write this it is over 30°C and a clear blue sky and yesterday I spent the afternoon lounging at the swimming pool before hockey training.

2014-05-29 13.29.48Schlossgrabenfest, Heinerfest and the first ever Darmstadter beer festival have all been and gone.  I managed to get to Schlossgrabenfest quite a few times this year.  The highlight was watching an Australian rock band ‘The Sunpilots’ who unfortunately did not quite get the time slot they deserved.  At Heinerfest Fiona (my flatmate) and I were not as successful as previous years with the frog game but we still managed to have fun.  The beer festival was a huge hit.  Katha and I enjoyed sparkly lycra man singing German drinking classics and even got a beer glass for visiting all the breweries in Darmstadt throughout the evening.

The Darmstadt football team managed to get promoted in total style to the 2. Bundesliga, which was a night that I will never forget.  Fiona is a huge Darmstadt fan and I was lucky enough to be offered her extra ticket to the final in Darmstadt because she is a season ticket holder.  They lost the game 3 – 1 so we were not really expecting a chance at promotion.  Then the team pulled the most amazing game out of the bag, it went to extra time and they ended up being promoted based on more away goals!

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IMG_0969It’s a tradition in Darmstadt than when big football games are won that all the supporters go into the tunnel under Darmstadt to celebrate.  The tunnel is blocked off to cars and basically everyone goes down to celebrate and make lots of noise.  After the World Cup I have now been in the tunnel three times.  It is quite an experience and I hope you can get an idea of the electric atmosphere from my photos.

Talking about the world cup.  OMG!  Wow!  What an experience to be living in Germany when they won the World Cup.  It’s been crazy.  Fiona and I watched most of the games together and partied with the Germans.  There were fireworks and flags galore after the win.  The main street was gridlocked with cars full of people flying flags and hanging out windows, sun roofs and even boots of cars!  It’s amazing how much football brings the country together.  Needless to say we are both very proud of our adopted country and embarrassingly I am now more familiar with the German national players than those who play for Australia.  (Ok I am also pretty good on the Brazil names but that has more to do with them having hugely hilarious names… Julius Ceaser hehehe)

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I had a lovely five day visit from Andrew in June.  My class enjoyed interrogating him and I think he enjoyed the Year 4 production of ‘The Lion King’ that I dragged him along to.  The amazing man brought me FOUR packets of barbeque shapes AND an Australian World Cup jersey, needless to say I was jumping up and down in excitement.  During his visit we went to the Sekenburg Museum in Frankfurt and enjoyed the sunshine there, watched lots of football including the first Australia game and spent a lovely afternoon in the Kletterwald (high ropes course) in Darmstadt.

IMG_1016After Andrew’s visit it was off to England to celebrate Suzie’s 30th.  As a double bonus, Suzie’s twin sister Megan was also visiting so I got to see two for the price of one.  It was fantastic to see Megan after such a long time and to be able to celebrate their big day as I count as one of their oldest friends.  It was a pretty laid back affair… Suzie wasn’t really organised.  It was a bit of barbeque overload though… I think we managed three barbeques over the weekend including a street party and a huge family get together.  On the Sunday Suzie and I did a 10km run in the heat.  (Yes amazingly England was sweltering)  Running events together when we see each other seems to be a tradition at the moment.

I’ve really enjoyed just being around Darmstadt and soaking up ‘home’ life lately.  I was lucky enough to be able to accompany a class to Europa Park and am proud to say that I went on all the major rides.  I’ve been able to catch up with lots of people I haven’t seen for a while and focus a lot on me and what I want, which has been nice.  However, I am starting to itch for the holidays.  This time next week I will be in England!  Can’t wait to see mum and I am really looking forward to our Iceland trip together and other random adventures.

xoxo

 

P.S  More photos?  Check out https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152497839295589.1073741836.509745588&type=1&l=96eb7e0104

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