I must be delusional to even consider baking on a sweltering day sans air conditioning. Since Germany plays Turkey tonight in a highly tension filled game, I have decided that baking cookies would be a nice way to support Germany. As I have previously noted, my delight for the games stems mainly around culinary adventures that I pair with them. It's kind of nice that no matter the outcome I will be happy with my yummy cookies.
Besides, who doesn't love a cookie shaped like a beer?
Just to give you an idea of how serious Germany takes this game + soccer in general:
- The US consulate sent out a warning to Americans saying they should use precaution if attending a public viewing and avoid demonstrations. The Turkish and Germans are good friends but this is a big rivalry, so in true American fashion they put the fear in us.
- Porsche, BMW, Daimler, and Opel have either stopped production or created arrangements for their workers to watch the game. Typically Porsche only displays the score on monitors for it's workers (we learned this on the tour we took in March).
- The radio has been playing a new Catholic 'Our Father' prayer with the words changed to be about Lukas Podolski scoring goals. I hope the Bavarian Pope has a sense of humor about that.
- Leopoldstraße (a large street in Munich's Schwabing neighborhood) is expecting 100,000 people. The Brandenburg Gate has 500,000 spectators.
- Out of the 80 million people in Germany 35 million are expected to watch tonight's game. Even German soldiers in Afghanistan will be watching.
- People had to leave work for the public viewings at 4:30pm... the game begins at 8:45pm.