Saturday, June 24, 2006

the Germans love (almost) everything about the Swedes

We're in the second half of the Germany vs. Sweden game in Munich this evening and Germany is leading 2:0 in the 70th minute, meaning they have a pretty good chance of winning, but both teams are good and this is going to be a really tough game for many reasons.

I was reading this morning in the newspaper that Germans apparently have an obsession with two countries: Italy and...Sweden. Over two million Germans travel to Sweden each year to take advantage of the wide open spaces and the peaceful, joyful Scandinavian way of life that Germany just can't offer them. What they're looking for is a kind of fairy tail anti-Germany, and Sweden is where they find it. Volvo, Ikea, Pippi Longstocking - Sweden has it all.

As the title of my post says, the Germans love everything about the Swedes...except their football team.


At June 24, 2006 6:41 p.m., Blogger In Actual Fact said...

But Christina, why are you blogging, not watching?
"but both teams are good" Pah! Sweden have played dismally which makes England's draw against them look all the more, erm, impressive.

At June 24, 2006 8:19 p.m., Blogger woman wandering said...

Loved the photo :)

I'll just add the information to 'things Di never knew about Europe'.

At June 24, 2006 9:08 p.m., Blogger christina said...

actual - We have a TV in every room. OK, OK, Sweden has played dismally - I was just trying to be nice. :-)

Lady Di - I didn't know it either until this morning. :-)

At June 24, 2006 9:56 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

You do know that's a Belgian flag in that Bratwurst, don't you? :-D

Loved today's game. Loved it. Even loved hearing folks come from the outdoor viewing venue cheering and singing and car horns honking.

At June 24, 2006 11:44 p.m., Blogger Ms. M said...

And as for the Italians . . .

They say (in Italy)

The Germans love the Italians but they don't respect them and the Italians respect the Germans but they don't love them.

DO they say that in Germany too?

At June 25, 2006 12:20 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Dixie - Crikey - you're right! Just seeing if you were paying attention. :-)I've corrected the grievous erro and will blame it on being too drunk to notice. :-D

mrs m - I think they do say something like that in Germany too. Nobody loves the Germans.:-(

At June 25, 2006 12:48 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

YEAH Germany!
My father came over and we watched the game; my father was teaching my son German words to call the Swedish players. My son has now mastered sweinehund. Great.

At June 25, 2006 12:56 a.m., Blogger James said...

I am so glad Germany won!

At June 25, 2006 11:54 a.m., Blogger Sigrun said...

No Dixie, thats a German flagg in the Bratwurst!

Good idear, Christina Mausi!


At June 25, 2006 4:31 p.m., Blogger Betty said...

I haven't been here in so long!! It's wonderful. Wonderful stories about ancestors, lots of passports, adorable animals!!

Soccer: Brits vs Ecuadorians today? So nice to hear of nations playing games together.

At June 25, 2006 5:49 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

haha- the swedish meatballs crack me up...

Did you make them for your boys? Great idea... I saw a woman wearing a deutschland shirt with swedish blue (make that capuara) pants. I wanted to shoot my cam but I didn't. Second thoughts maybe...

At June 26, 2006 12:54 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...'s a German flag now that Christina's fixed it! :-)

After that game yesterday all I could think was "Bring 'em on! Bring 'em all on! We're invincible!".

At June 26, 2006 4:53 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Yay for Germany! Yes, of course we were glued to our TV set here in Atlanta. Hooting and hollering.

I just finished my Stockholm photos tonight and had to grin when I read about "Volvo, Ikea, Pippi Longstocking - Sweden has it all." We found out on our city tour that IKEA is the initials of the owner's first and last name plus the initials of two cities he lived in growing up. And I think he's the wealthiest man in the entire world? Is that right?? Anyway, Pippi Longstocking--gotta love a country that comes up with someone like that :)

At June 26, 2006 10:25 a.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

Mr Ikea is certainly the most wealthy mna in Switzerland but I think he's got some way to go before he catches up with Bill gates, no?

Anyway, I know the Swiss enjoy travelling to Sweden too. Well, I say "The Swiss", what I mean is a couple of my neighbours do!

At June 26, 2006 11:35 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Cathy - LOL! Well, Schweinehund is probably one of the more useful German words to know. :-)

James - I think they really deserved to win - they played a great game.

Sigrun - Dixie was right for a while there but we have everything under control now.

Betty!!! - I know how busy you are and yet you still took the time to drop by - *smooch*

Expat - Yeah, I like the meatballs too. It would have been too hard to stick a toothpick into a Knäckebrot. :-) Looks like a lot of people can't decide on just one team and are mixing their outfits.

Dixie - Honey, what in the world would I do without you? :-) I think they gipped me at the supermarket! And yes, wouldn't it be great if Germany made it all the way?

Ginnie - They did such a good job. Let's hope they can keep it up. If not - may the best team win!

Yep,I think Ingvar Kamprad is indeed one of the wealthiest, if not THE wealthiest man in the world. And Pippi Longstocking is my hero. :-)

Ms. Mac - I think a couple of your neighbours would make up a pretty good representative sample in this case seeing how very Swiss they are. ;-)


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