One of my teammates, Nina, has a friend who works with the HSV professional soccer team in Hamburg and was able to get us some free tickets to Saturday’s game! Soccer (or Fußball) in Germany is like professional Football in America. Fans start getting to the game hours before to eat and most importantly, start drinking. I would say a majority of the fans were fairly intoxicated by the time the game started. We were lucky enough to get VIP tickets though (thanks to my teammate's connections!) so the fans weren’t too rowdy around us. Unfortunately, they didn’t play all that great and ended up losing 1-5. Around 1-3, fans started getting up to leave and by 1-5 some were even booing their own team and throwing stuff onto the field (at that point I was happy they didn’t let us bring our water bottles into the stadium).
That night, I decided to go out and experience the German nightlife. The Reeperbahn, or Red Light District, is one of the top 10 places to visit while in Hamburg. And now I know why! The street was lined with bars, clubs, live shows, food and of course a TON of people. There is really nothing to compare it to back in America. Nightlife in Germany goes ALL night and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make it till 6 in the morning but it was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. We really only went into one club and the next thing I knew, it was 5:00 and time to go to the fishmarkt. :) Can’t really beat a fresh fish sandwich on the harbor for breakfast! Needless to say, by the time I got home I was exhausted and spent the rest of the day sleeping. Although my Sunday was kind of a wasted day, it was definitely worth the experience.