So I’ve picked up a few things in the last few days, free stuff is always good. Minus the drinks and complimentary meals that have been provided by my kind new friends its all just promotional things for companies but whatever. A few soccer balls, some Jager shwag, free coke (in bottles shaped like soccer balls no less, not shown because I neglected to save one of the 8 I drank) and my favorite, an Italy shirt from Puma.
I feel like I’ve been here a month already. Something great has happened every day and I’m trying not to miss a beat. I was in Greektown, otherwise known as The Danforth, for Greece’s first goal and win ever in the World Cup and captured their celebrations. Taste of Little Italy last weekend was very nice, College St. gets closed and lots of food and fun hits the street but too bad Italy couldn’t pull off a win over New Zealand, that would have made it extra sweet. Both England games were memorable, I was at Duke of Gloucester and then Scallywags. Portugal destroyed North Korea seven nothing and the Portuguese let everyone in Toronto know, the horns could be heard until well into the evening. The Brazil vs. Portugal game was uneventful but I think the tie eased any tension and just gave everyone an opportunity to party together. Another notable mention was Betty’s, it was packed with the Dutch, who have been having a great tournament, and they put Cameroon away 2-1.
Mighty France and Italy have both fallen while a few underdogs have pulled through. Such is the way in the World Cup. Round of 16 has started and already I have lots to talk about but I’ll wait until a few more developments to post an update.