...Don't leave for the train station with only five or ten minutes to spare when Germany has just thoroughly trounced Argentina 4 to 0 in the World Cup!
It's normally only a quick 3 minute drive to the Salzgitter-Lebenstedt train station from our friends' apartment for our return trip to Berlin. But just as we were getting ready to leave, we heard the first joyful vuvuzela toots. A minute later the car horns started, and then mayhem broke loose on the streets as exultant Germans left huge public "watch parties" and private television sets to whoop and holler and fly flags. We got stuck in this traffic and had to jump out of the car, get the keys from the driver to open the trunk and obtain our bags, and jog the last five blocks or so in 96 degree weather to the railway to make the train! At least everyone was in a good mood; imagine how much worse it would have been if they had lost!