small towns = best experience

Dave Finocchio@@DaveFinocchioSenior Writer IJune 16, 2006

Attending the World Cup has truly been a fantastic experience. I know I´ll have many happy memories that will linger with me for a long, long time. More about all of this when I have access to a keyboard with keys in their respective normal locations (i literally have had to consciously calm myself to avoid slamming the damn thing into the wall of this Turkish internet cafe. But enough about me...

 Just wanted to make a quick comment about our experience, and some conclusions I´ve made about how to do a trip like this. We´ve spent the majority of our time in three cities (Dusseldorf, Gelsenkirchen and Hamburg....the first two being smallish, the latter very large). We met so many interesting people in the smaller cities. Every day we´d run into new groups of people and end up spending the day or night with them. And a lot of these people were Germans who were just intrigued by Americans. Anyhow, we did a lot of really cool stuff in Hamburg as well, but in the bigger cities, I think you miss out on a lot of the cultural experience. When booking your tickets to South Africa in 2010 (which you absolutely should) keep this in mind. My time´s running up to spend our final two days in Kaiserslautern and Heidelberg.  Best to everyone.