Friday I came home to an email from FIFA saying I have been allocated tickets to not one, but TWO World Cup soccer matches. In Germany, this summer. So this is going to be a busy year for international travel.
In April we’re traveling with friends to Sunderland in Northern England, to return a visit from the Sunderland fans last summer (if you don’t follow soccer or the EPL, Sunderland is a team in the top professional league in England). It sounds like they have quite a party planned for us. We’re expecting to attend two games: one vs. Manchester United, and the other against Newcastle, Sunderland’s biggest rival. That’s all in the first few days we’re there, so we’ll be spending the rest of the trip in Edinburgh and London.
Then in June, Lucas and I will be in Germany for the World Cup. We’re going to see the US team play Italy in Kaiserslautern, and Ghana in Nuremberg. Still need to book plane tickets and lodging, so I don’t know where else we’re going to be yet. I really want to spend some time in Munich, because that was my favorite city when I was there ten years ago. We’ll have rail passes, so I’m sure there will be lots of options.