It’s about 9:30 on Saturday night right now, and normally at this time it’s pretty noisy outside. It’s still very light outside, which means that the park across the street is usually hoppin’ until it gets too dark to play their favorite game, “scream.” Even after the kids and stroller-pushing moms leave, the park is still a popular hangout for pre-parties and drinking shenanigans. Besides those noises, I hear a fair amount of traffic, the tram running, and people out for their evening strolls. But not today.
It is so quiet outside it’s freaky. I hear the occasional car, and the tram every ten minutes. I hear birds. And that’s about it. We’re almost to half-time of Germany’s first match in the EuroCup, and apparently all the usual noise-making suspects are glued to a TV somewhere.
The students that live in the building behind me started the party earlier this afternoon, and they let me know when Denmark scored against the Netherlands. Germany and the Netherlands have a pretty solid rivalry, so that goal got a big cheer from the partiers. I was doing dishes at the time, so thanks kids, for keeping me informed. But I think they have long since abandoned the party at home in favor of another venue.
As for this game, there have been a few close calls, and when those happened I heard a dull roar coming from a nearby restaurant. Also I can just hear an announcer, but I don’t know where that’s coming from. My students mentioned public viewings in the city, so maybe that’s where it’s coming from. But other than that… silence. It’s pretty weird. The good news is that even if I didn’t have the game on, I’d know when there was a score.
Ooops, spoke too soon. There goes a horn. Halftime!
Edited to add:
Silence broken by cheers, screams and horns echoing from all directions for the first goal!