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Day 15 - Could not get there

Had to sell back my USA v GER tickets

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We just could not find any flights that worked - as it turned out with the weather, we probably would have had too much trouble trying to get there (and moving to Brasilia tomorrow). The TV stations were showing cars stuck in the flooded streets and we would have had to take our luggage with us - lose several hotel nights, etc...

We did a bit of souvenir shopping in the morning before the game. Don't ask me why Ivan needed this...
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So we decided to go back to the craft beer place nearby to watch the game. It was very interesting, the street that seemed like a ghost town yesterday was bustling and noisy today. The place was packed with locals - seemed to be mostly just there for their lunch hour - some watching the game (and us) and some just eating.
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Surely you know the result by now, USA played ok, lost, but moved on! We survived the group of death.So the dream is still alive - USA v Argentina for our Quarter Final game. The Concacaf and the Americas are well represented this year, will lots of European "powerhouses" sent packing.
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We were so excited that we made it through, that we missed the late games today. We were celebrating at the rooftop bar, pool and sauna. Walked the nearby park...
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Tomorrow is a rest day - for the players and for us. We will travel to Brasilia and take it easy - to prepare for the Round of 16 in a new town. Ivan is sad to be leaving town, just when Columbia is arriving for their R16 match, but changing all of the plans and acquiring game tickets, etc - it is just not doable.

Posted by wc2006 06:46 Archived in Brazil

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