The flags have been hung, the cheese has been branded, the stadiums are prepped, the old guys have taken up residence at the bars. Euro 2008 starts today with a match between Switzerland and the Czech Republic. At this very moment, in fact.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
You could feel the energy on the street this week – the Swiss are ready. Today there was pregame honking and gunshots. The Swedish football team is staying in Lugano, so the red and white around town is peppered with blue and yellow. Very hospitable, these Luganese. I'm keeping an eye out for kin, but I haven't seen any yet (other than the ones staying at my house, of course).