Secondary Education major
Book Arts in Europe, Italy, Belgium & Germany
Summer I short-term faculty-led program
We were in Mainz, Germany, to work at the Gutenberg Museum. Our second day in the city was a free day to explore Mainz, discover where to buy food, locate nearby restaurants, and get ourselves acquainted with the area. Italy was playing Spain in the European soccer tournament, and many restaurants in the area had large tv’s outside for people to sit and watch the game. The day before, Germany had beaten Slovakia, and the entire city had celebrated as the European tournament entered the knock out stage.
As we were walking to find a place to eat, the city erupted with noise, and cars flew by bearing the Italian flag. Even though we were in Germany, it seemed as though the Italian team had plenty of support in Mainz, and the streets exploded with noise as Italy won the game 2-0. A seemingly impromptu parade sprang up out of nowhere, featuring cars supporting the Italian colors and flags. After following the parade for almost a mile, it started to seem as though this parade was not as random as I had originally thought, but rather a sort of tradition for when the team won; what better way to celebrate than by driving through the streets of Mainz honking your horn and cheering at everyone you see. This lasted well over an hour, perhaps even later. The entire city seemed caught up in celebrating as we were swept along with the parade, the atmosphere so giddy that it was hard to not laugh and cheer along with those who were celebrating with pure euphoria.