Football crazy, football mad...
Trip Start May 01, 2006
91Trip End Apr 30, 2007
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We arrived back from Merida on the overnight bus with around 2 hours to spare before the start of the England game. After a quick shower and a well-deserved change of clothes, we headed out to the Centro San Ignacio in Caracas, an extremely popular place to watch the world cup games. They had set up a huge projector screen with a whole load of raked seating around it, but unfotunately a huge queue of Portugal fans had already developed. We contented ourselves with a bar next door, where a small crowd of England supporters, mostly friends of our host Matt from the British Embassy, had bagged all of the tables. I donīt need you to relive the tragic moments of the game, but at full-time all was still to play for
After the tragic results of the penalty shoot out we were invited to the Brazilian Cultural Centre to watch the second quarter final of the day. There we were greeted by a Carnival-style celebration by the Brazilian fans before the game had even kicked off, including 3 Brazilian women in full Carnival dress doing their thing to music from the band. Iīve never seen a bunch of football supporters have so much fun before a game. Needless to say, the Brazilians were also tragically knocked out that day, but we shared our defeats admirably and went out for more dancing, Venezuelan style, in the evening.
Most tragic of all was my neglecting to bring a camera to either of the games. Youīll have to content yourselves with pictures of us and our hosts, Lucy and Matt.