Friday, June 09, 2006


I'm not a sports fan really but I can't help get excited about the World Cup. Times like these are when I miss not being in Guatemala (although I know I'll be there really soon). You can't understand the excitement and the vibrancy you feel in the air around this time. People start adjusting their sleeping schedules and their work schedules to make sure they won't miss a beat of any of the games. School age children and teenagers try to sneak in radios with tiny headpieces to listen to the games during class. There are parties every night, people rejoice and also cry, friendships become endanger when favorite teams play opposite one another. One of the local newspapers offers this service for drivers, in busy city intersections during the red light there are two guys that will stand in the middle of the street holding a huge banner (one on each side) with the most current scores of the games going underway, and let me tell you, drivers depend on this information as if they were trading stock and these were nasdaq figures! And the albums! The frenzy of buying the empty book and driving your parents crazy to buy you the little pictures to fill it up and then trading with your friends the repeats and then scavenge like a mad person for the ones that are so hard to get. So, yes, I'm quite nostalgic about that today. You hardly hear anything about the world cup here... except for that ESPN commercial narrated by Bono,
that puts a knot in my throat every time I see it, on how the Ivory Coast made it to the world cup and how a country united cheers louder than a country divided. Actually I think all those commercials really capture the spirit, you can go here to take a look (if you are interested). In conclusion, this two weeks would be a constant party if I were living somewhere else so I think Alex, Tino and I should make our own little Fifa two week event. Any ideas?

In the mean time, those images are of crafty looking soccer balls (or we call it in Guat... or fubol, if you are from Argentina =P), Alex found them here. Pretty cool, no?

I had no idea that the World Cup was such a big deal in Guatemala! Hope you have fun with it!
I am in Sweden and they say fotboll here also! My whole family is glued to the TV which is good for me now I can find all of the crafty people like me!
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