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Watching the World Cup final in Boston
 
 
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While the Mennonites were taking Boston Common
 
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back in time a few hundred years,
 
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the Italian immigrants of Boston were celebrating a new found youth as their homeland prepared for the World Cup final in Germany.
 
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My landlord's family sewed together this huge flag!
 
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People were driving around in Italian colors for hours before the game.
 
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Even the dogs were included in the festivities.
 
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Ilaria and I walked towards Government Center where Mayor Menino had arranged for all kinds of games and a huge screen for everyone to watch the game on.

On the way we ended up
 
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in this impromptu parade on Hanover St.
 
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ilaria foosball
At government center,
 
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Ilaria took part in a match of human foosball.
 
world cup screen scollay square
They had transported this enormous screen overnight on the back of a semi (can't imagine that was really cheap). It was a beautiful self-contained unit complete with a mechanism to raise and lower the screen and a generator to power it.
 
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Government Center's Scollay square was starting to fill up.

And a couple hours later,
 
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it was completely full of people
 
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watching the soccer match between Italy and France
 
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on the giant screen in front of Boston City Hall.
 
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Tim (the boss of ilaria and I) and Wendy (his wife) came down with some of their friends to watch the game with us. Wendy was just about ready to birth Julien, and she tolerated the heat (it was really hot) and the crowd like a completely unpregnant person. I could never be that tough.
 
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The group of people in Boston was so large, that they even showed us several times on the ABC television broadcast. But for some reason, they never showed us cheering, so we always looked like a bunch of goobers on TV.

The game ended tied (and included an interesting headbutt).
 
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But Italy won it in the shootout.
 
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And the crowd (mostly Italian fans) went crazy.
 
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ilaria world cup faint
Ilaria fainted a little from the thrill of victory and the extreme heat / dehydration,
 
wendy world cup ilaria
while Wendy remained a model of calm and elegance.
 
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The Italian superman was satisfied
 
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as were the Italian team
 
world cup italy trophy
around their new trophy.
 
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Because after a long battle, they attained
 
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VICTORY!!!!!!!!!
 
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After the game,
 
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most of the crowd made its way over to Hanover St. where Ilaria and I live.
 
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In some ways, it's nice to have your street be the center of attention,
 
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but in other ways, it makes it a little difficult to navigate to your house.
 
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The party lasted until late in the night with people driving around the streets singing the Italian national anthem.
 
hanover street after world cup
Pretty special day for the Italians in Boston. I'm glad I could share in it a little.