The World Cup away from home

The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

Yes, it’s World Cup. And for the first time in my life I’m not spending this important time for a Brazilian national in my country, and just when it’s actually happening there.

I tried to go to Brazil for the World Cup, I really did. The truth is, the flight tickets’ were double price and I was not getting any tickets for the games. So, I decided not to go, and stay in Germany. And since I’m not in my home country to experience this enormous and important event, I will tell you how it has been spending the World Cup away from home.

At the opening ceremony and first game I didn’t care watching it at home with W., but soon enough I had an empty feeling, something was wrong! Where was all the noise? And the cheering? And the Brazilians? Nothing against W., its really fun watching football games with him, sometimes I even think he is more Brazilian than I am, but still, its different. It was then that I decided to find somewhere to watch the games, maybe even with Brazilians around!

Well, a Brazilian friend who also lives here, recommended a place called Bachmeier Hofbräu. So I went there to watch the second game (Brazil x Mexico, not an easy one by the way). On my way, from the other side of the street I already could hear Samba and all the noise. I felt like I was in Brazil again, and this is what I found when I got there:

The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

 It really changed my humor that day. And of course, I got all emotional when we all sang together the national anthem at the beginning of the game.

In the next few days I noticed that you could basically watch every single game of the World Cup in every café and restaurant around Munich. And in case you are at a subway station during a game, you can be well informed of how the games are going, LIVE:

 The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

Of course, I also went to watch Germany’s game too, and here is at a Biergarten at the Hirschgarten – one of the famous Parks of Munich – when Germany was playing against Ghana. I believe there were over people this day, just for the game:

The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

And sure, I noticed some differences between the German and Brazilian way of enjoying the World Cup. First of all, in Brazil is basically a national holiday when our team in playing, especially this year. While in Germany, the maximum people can get is to go home from work a bit earlier. The Germans are also crazy about football, but their craziness is not like the Brazilian craziness type: we Brazilians are much more emotional and it doesn’t matter if you are woman, man, teenager, kid… we are all like one, cheering all for the same thing, because football is probably the one thing that is capable of uniting our people on the good and bad moments of our country.

Some things are of course the same: every TV commercial and brand’s advertisements has something to do with the World Cup; supermarkets and stores are packed with accessories to wear during the games; every cool and also not so cool bar is filled with people watching the games; cars and apartment’s balconies are decorated with country flags; people often ask others “what’s the score between country x and country y?”. But if you see people screaming on the streets with a yellow, blue, green and white flag, they are Brazilians… most probably after winning the game!

Last time (thank God we won!) I watched the game in a place called Cafe Munich. Brazilians were all over the place, dancing and singing along with the band that was playing all the famous songs from Brazil. And that is how it looked like:

 The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

 The World Cup in Munich, Germany. By Packing my Suitcase

So, if you are away from your country during this World Cup, I’m sure you will find – if you still haven’t – a nice place to watch the games and have fun! And in case you are in Munich, anywhere at the Leopoldstr. is a good idea; of course there are also the public viewings, mostly at the Olympic Park, but I haven’t been to one yet, maybe if Brazil makes to the final!

I realized that not being in Brazil for the World Cup ended up being much more fun than I was expecting. How cool is to be miles away and watch the games together with so many compatriots, while they are all screaming like crazy in other people’s country? I have to confess, it has been different and it has been fun… it feels like home, it feels like Brazil.

Are you spending the World Cup away from your home country? How is it like?

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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • What a great blog! I am new to the blogging world, having just started a travel lifestyle blog for women – Looks like we have plenty in common – let’s keep in touch!

    • Hi Jessica!! Thank you for stopping by. Im glad you like it and welcome to the world of blogging

  • Salta

    Wonderful reflection of WM summer in Munich.

  • Yellow fever is everywhere 😉 That reminds me of nowadays situation in the Netherlands.
    Some housing area in the Netherlands is decorated in orange nowadays..will post it on my blog on how the Dutch decorating their houses with orange stuff during the world cup. Is it something that Brazilian doing as well in Brazil, maybe with yellow-green decoration?

    • Hi Indah!!! Yes in Brazil everything is decorated with yellow and green! Everywhere you see signs of the Wold Cup… I can only imagine that this year in special is even more! Its cool that in the Netherlands they also decorate everything with their color

      • It must be really interesting to capture Brazil in this period! I am sorry that you can’t make it this year. But it must be getting exciting for you now as Germany will have to face Brazil 🙂
        I am cheering for the orange team every time they play the match, it is sort of solidarity to Dutchie, and aside to that, no Indonesian team for me to cheer :))

        • hahaha yes it will be really fun to play against Germany…especially being married to a German…we were even joking about it, that we will get a divorce for one day hahaha just kidding! I totally understand that you cheer for the Dutch hahaha good luck to all of us 🙂

  • Kan

    Great that you found a feeling of home away from home 🙂 when I visited Brazil a few years back, I witnessed firsthand the craze for football. On the beaches every day we would witness several small groups just kicking a ball around… Passing it from one person to another… Never even letting it touch the ground. You guys won quite a match yesterday. The atmosphere in Brazil must be crazy. It’s fantastic to see your home team do well.

    • Thank you for stopping by Kan, and for the lovely comment! How cool that you already visited Brazil, I hope you liked it! Yes, it was quite a match, and even though we are very happy about moving forward, we are also sad that Neymar wont be playing anymore 🙁 I wish you a great Sunday and I hope you come back more often! 🙂

      • Kan

        Yes, we absolutely loved Brazil, and keep telling our friends who haven’t been, to visit it. Really sad about Neymar. There was a lot of fouling in that game.
        Most Indian football fans support Brazil or Argentina… but i have to confess that my favourite team is Germany.

        • Hahahaha thank you so much for the comment Kan! Im very happy that you liked Brazil. Yes, very sad about Neymar…but we will try to beat Germany! Funny thing is that my husband is German, so lets see how it will go! Either ways one of us will be in the final hahaha. I wish you an amazing week 🙂

  • My second favorite team is Brazil! The first one was Greece, but they dropped…:(

    • Uhuuuuuu now there is still Brazil, I hope long enough 🙂 thanks for the comment!

  • Oh, how lovely! It’s amazing to watch the game of your team in a different country but with many Brazilian (in your case). I love the world cup. However, I had lunch with a friend today and she told me she doesn’t watch ANY game of the worldcup. What? She’s the first German person I’ve ever heard saying such a thing. She must be crazy!
    Will be a tough one for you tonight though. 🙂 I hope it’ll be a great game!!

    • hahahaha thank you for you comment!! Well, to be honest Ive seen many women here in German that dont watch the games or dont even care about the World Cup… I have to say that in Brazil its totally different, its World Cup what are you talking about? Everyone cares about it 😀 and yes it will be tough…I really hope we win hahahaa 😀

  • I hope you are not feeling suicidal after that defeat by Germany ! Enjoy your travels and thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    • hahahaa no Im not feeling suicidal, but very sad. Now I will cheer for Germany 🙂 hahaaha and you’re welcome, your blog is really cool!!

  • Wow, those are such big crowds getting into the World Cup spirit in Germany. Not just indoors in the pubs, but also outside on the streets too. Looks like everybody is celebrating, win or lose.

    It’s a bit of a different story here in Australia. Maybe it’s because Australians tend to be more passionate about our local type of football, Aussie Rules. World Cup festivities are more low-key in pubs and not too many decorations. But I do hear people talking about the matches, so there’s World Cup spirit right there. I’m quite a soccer fan and try to watch a bit of the matches on the TV at my work 🙂 Go Germany!

    • hahaha Thank you for the comment Mabel and for supporting Germany now that Brazil is gone 🙂 well, I have to say that here in Germany there is a lot going on during the cup, especially that they are in the finals! In Brazil during the World Cup people are even crazier than the Germans and there are decorations everywhere. But I have to say that I really enjoyed spending the World Cup here in Germany, it has been a very different experience for me. About Australia, I understand, its probably the same case for the US too I guess. Football is not national sport of the country, so its understandable 🙂 thank you very much for stopping by, I hope you come back more often 🙂

      • I would expect Germans to have almost gone crazy in the head after the Brazil match yesterday. Maybe some Germans experienced levels of happiness never experienced before – and it seemed to unite the country.

        A few years ago when Italy was in the World Cup final, Australia’s Italian restaurants gave out free pizzas as part of the celebrations. Don’t know if there’ll be free sausages in Germany…? If there is, I won’t be surprised.

        I have followed your blog. I am back already for more 😀 Have a good day tomorrow!

        • hahaha maybe they will give free beer though! I hope 🙂 Thank you for following and I also wish you a great day tomorrow!! 😀

          • I am backing Germany for the World Cup. So if they do win, have a drink for me (I don’t drink, I give people my drinks) and party the night away 😀 Wave a flag!

          • Hahahahaha I will

  • Glad you had a great time at the Cup despite being away from home. Certainly looks like you found a home away from home to enjoy it.

    I love your header illustration, by the way.

    • Yes I think so too… and people here in Germany have been very supportive after what happened to Brazil haha. Thank you, Im happy you liked it 🙂

  • FUN! We watched the World Cup on our big screen in the cultural centre, and it was great spirit 🙂
    Hope you had a good World Cup final anyway 🙂

    • That must have been awesome, watching with lots of people is always more fun! Yes it was great, after Brazil was out I was cheering for Germany of course, as my husband is German and I live here 😀

  • I was backing Germany from the beginning as it’s going to be my new home! Glad you had fun – probably up until the semis anyway 😉 Thanks for stopping by and following my blog! I was in Munich earlier this year and I LOVED it 🙂 Linda.

    • Hi Linda!! Really? When are you moving to Germany? Which city? Im glad you liked Munich, its really an amazing city, I love living here! And about the world cup, yes at least I enjoyed I little 🙂 and Im happy for Germany, they deserved it 🙂 and you’re welcome, I really liked your blog, will loook forward to more! Allane.

      • I’m not sure when I’ll have the time to write more! Working my ass off saving money for the move at the mo 😉 It’s looking like Berlin… 🙂

        • Sound awesome 😀 I hope all work out, and if you ever come to Munich again let me know 🙂

  • Like you, I spent the World Cup away from home and was in Belgium as they beat the US. I was the only American in the bar as we watched. And though I hated to lose, it was to get caught up in the excitement of Belgium after they won.

    • Hahahaha how interesting!! Poor you being alone cheering for your country, but cool that you enjoyed the experience! Its different isnt it? I think it makes up more patriots, representing our country in another country 🙂 thank you for sharing your experience! 🙂