Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Mon 12 Jun 2006 0 °F
The first of many trips around Germany started today, this one from Munich to Frankfurt. Phil and Kate stuck to the original plan and flew between the two cities. The rest took the train (though at different times). It was an early start because of the tight schedule and early game start (3pm). Gwen, Daniel and I took the early train as planned. Getting to Frankfurt was no problem, but then the connections, crowds, and waits took a bit to get to the hotel. The advertised 26 minutes were really just the train time, the elapsed time was more like an hour and a half! We arrived first at the hotel, odd as Phil and Kate were flying, only 2½ hours to game time. Meanwhile, Ivan and Dean caught the next train and realized they wouldn’t make it to the hotel and back. So, what to do? Naturally, the automobiles come in here – a 40euro taxi ride did the trick. They arrive just 30 minutes later, but still no Phil and Kate. The inet provided the answer, their flight was delayed about 45 minutes (and they almost got bumped we'd find out later).
Well, with just an hour and have left, they arrived and Dean, Ivan, Phil and I were off to the game, hopefully to make it. Things went smooth enough – got some instructions from some locals and we were on our way. With more than 30 minutes left, we changed at the main train station and were just 2 short stops away. But. The train was canceled or something, so run to the next track, which became another as we got there. We were sitting on the train still with plenty of time. But. The train didn’t take off. Ten minutes later, the ten minute ride got us within about 1 mile of the stadium. So with just ten minutes left until kick-off, we’d never make it. But. Phil set the pace and we ran/jogged to the stadium, thru security and on to our seats. We were standing at our seats for the kick-off, somehow! Good thing too as the only score of the game came very early – without the run, we’d missed it.
The British were out in full force at the game of course and had lots of cheers. Our group seemed split – half England and half for Paraguay. Unfortunately, Paraguay seemed off and didn’t play well. En-g-land’s stars played pretty well, except of course for Rooney who was still sidelined with an injury. Beckham impressed us all, as we had never seen him play live before. But the mighty Paraguay team force England to remove their offensive and sit back to grind out the win. England will have to show better if they still want to win the group (especially with Sweden tying T&T and becoming more desperate). There’s talk of T&T winning the group (actually, it was just Ivan being funny).