El Mundial

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jan 06, 2011

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Flag of Argentina  , Patagonia,
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ouch!  I managed to find a bottle of Drambuie last night.  What started as a cheap night in the hostel cooking for ourselves (chicken and brocolli pasta bake at a respectible 2.50 a head for those who care!), followed by one drink in the tiny sleepy town of Villa La Angostura turned into a 4.00am party night.  Not exactly sure how it happened but we found the only place open, a little place called the Hub - with live music playing.  If I were to describe them I would say somewhere between U2 and Ricky Martin, or something like that.

Anyhow the moral of the tale is that it snowed 4-5 inches overnight and I am feeling a bit peaky so we're taking a 'rest day' and chilling out.  Cate tells me this is the perfect opportunity for me to get involved in the blog so here I go...

My specialist topic is El Mundial - the World Cup.  And I really don't think there can be a better place (except SA itself) to be travelling, for the world cup, than Argentina, the nation is football C-R-A-Z-Y!!! 

On days that Argentina play it is mayhem, shops close, the tube stops, buses stop and everyone crams into any cafe, restaurant or even cinema to watch the game together.  They all dress up in blue and white, with flags of all sizes, face paints, zuvuzelas and whistles. 

They are obviously loving this world cup because of their team doing so well thus far.  On Tuesday we watched their game in the town of San Martin de los Andes, according the wikipedia there are 24,000 in habitants and I kid you not that after the game there was a precession for an hour down the main street, there must have been at least 5,000 people there.  They were all cheering beeping their horns and jumping around it was fantastic!  Not sure why they were not all getting back to work after the game, but that just about sums up the Argentinian spirit!
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Mike TR on

Keep the blog going guys; great reading, although feeling sorry for you in the snow; but itsounds liek the Argies are celebrating propoerly, unlike here, where everyone now pretty much hates the useless overpaid celebrity wasters we call our national football team

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