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Spain had made it to the Euro 2012 final and with luck I had flown to Torrevieja on Friday. And if I know one thing about Spain, it is that they love their football. So there was no way I was going to miss the spectacle on Sunday.

And while my parents aren’t keen followers of football (nor am I), they do know an opportunity for a good party when they see one, so they weren’t difficult to talk into heading out for the game.

So we left the house around six o’clock. We probably should’ve left a bit earlier, but I slept for two hours after the hard day at the beach.

Sunbathing is damn hard work when it’s this hot!

We first aimed for the beach boulevard, but quickly discovered that all tables everywhere were empty but reserved. I think it’s a bit silly restaurants allowing people to reserve tables like that as they just stay empty. People will turn up just before the game. The tables would be full hours before the game if you couldn’t reserve a table.

But what do I know about running a restaurant.

So we headed slightly inland to a cluster of restaurants near some landmark fountain. We secured us a table in one of the restaurants; and ordered some Serrano ham and cañas, which is a small glass of beer. There is no point drinking pints in Spain, it’ll just get warm too fast.

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By the time the match began, we had got our whole group together for the evening; and all the tables were completely full with plenty of people wearing Spain’s colours with Spanish shirts, scarves and flags.

So, basically everyone was ready for the evening!

Game started in high spirits and it didn’t take long for Spain to cash in on those high expectations. Spain’s first goal drove people berserk; first firework went off only seconds after the goal. Were people waiting there with rocket in one hand and a lighter in other?

I am actually quite sure this was the case!

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The restaurant immediately offered everyone a free canja to celebrate this. I don’t think this was an official policy, but I never say no to free beer! (Alright, actually in the recent months I’ve started practising saying no to free beer, but that’s a whole other story)

Rest of the game was then total control by Spain, one goal following another as I am sure you all know by now.

The restaurant started bringing out bubbly for everybody well before the game finished, but by then, there was no uncertainty how it would all end. So when the match finally ended we all shouted together for Spain with our drinks as all hell broke loose with fireworks, shouting, horns and blaring music.

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The nearby fountain was apparently the target of the celebrations, there were audio systems quickly set up, and people were pouring in from every direction.

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Restaurants quickly emptied as people took the celebrations to the street. They couldn’t stay in one place anymore.

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The usually quiet streets of Torrevieja were quickly flooded by cars decorated with Spanish flags driving around and honking. There were vuvuzelas and horns blowing, there were rockets and fireworks going off.

There was no chance of getting sleep that night.

So, we did what any reasonable person would do and we stayed up until 3am drinking cañas  and rosado (rosé wine) with all the other revelers.

It’s good to be in Spain.

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Did you watch the game? Where?

2 Comments

  1. I’m not a big football fan, but it’s great being in the winning country when it’s on. Sadly, being English, I don’t have much experience of that!
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    • Yep, I don’t really follow it either, but it’s good to be in a country when they win. I also happened to be in Czech few years back when they won the Ice Hockey World Championship, that was good fun also!

      But yeah, England hasn’t had much luck in the recent years!

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