Monday, June 21, 2010

World Cup

The street outside my Rio apartment decorated for World Cup 2006

Four years ago, during the last World Cup, I was living in Brazil and got to experience World Cup in a football mad country.  All the offices closed several hours before the matches to give people time to get wherever they were going to watch the match.  There were parties EVERYWHERE.  You could open your window and feel like you were watching with millions of your neighbors - because you were.

A World Cup party with some of my co-workers - we took over Hard Rock Cafe

When the English team played I'd got with my English friends to the local pub, which would be filled to overflowing with mad fans who sang, cheered and cried.  I fell in love with football (soccer.)  I've been so excited to watch this year, and am thrilled the Americans are surviving so far.  But I miss the social interactions I enjoyed in Brazil last time.

Some of the women in my department at the World Cup party at Hard Rock

Until Sunday, that is.  Sunday afternoon I rushed settled in to watch the Brazil v. Cote d'Ivoire match and decided to check Facebook while doing so.  I soon realized that I wasn't watching alone.  I watched posts from friends in Brazil and South Africa as we all watched the same match.  We cheered Brazil's 3 goals and moaned the bad call that resulted in a red card for Kaka.  I couldn't help but think how incredible our world is - we can be scattered around the globe and still experience the same things and communicate about it without ever leaving our living room.

All this talk of Brazil makes me think of my one of my favorite Brazilian groups, Tribalistas - here's their: Velha Infancia

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7 comments:

blue china studio said...

That is so cool that you got to be in Brazil during the World Cup. Lots of fun I bet.

gibknitty said...

that looks like it was so much fun! i like the song too.

VeganCraftastic said...

I love that picture from 2006, very cool!

Bluebelle said...

No way! - Last world cup I was in Brazil too! Only for two weeks but they happened to overlap with it!

ImplausibleYarn said...

That looks like so much fun, I don't think anybody I work with even realizes the world cup is happening.

sheara121 said...

awesome! i was in france the year that they won the world cup, and it was definitely a country-wide party. sad that we don't have such community here in the US

sheara121 said...

awesome! i was in france the year that they won the world cup, and it was definitely a country-wide party. sad that we don't have such community here in the US

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