Kick off in Brazil! The first week of the World Cup is over and I have had an incredible experience already.
Arriving in Rio, my first weeks stay was in a hostel in the Itanhanga favela. The people of the favela were absolutely amazing – very hard working and honest.
My hostel was full of Chileans and Colombians, with not an English speaker amongst them. Fortunately, my Spanish wasnt as rusty as I thought.
We watched the opening ceremony in the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana, which was the most beautiful setting even if the beers were marked up about 300% from the mercado prices!
Everyone headed to the beach for the opening game, and when Croatia took that shock lead, it was the definition of you only sing when youre winning – the whole beach was silent until Neymar got the equaliser.
Then the whole place went crazy.
Sandwiched between the opening game and the England game was the Chile-Australia game, and watching with my group of Chilean friends was an awesome experience. The Chileans are here in force – second only to the Argies.
For the England game, it was back to Copacabana to get in amongst the travelling fans. The atmopshere was incredible, even if the Fan Fest did fuck up the national anthems.
When Raheem hit the net in the first minute, the whole place went in to melt down – it took a good three or four minutes for any of us to realise his shot hadnt gone in.
Disappointed with the result, but the performance was one to savour. Can see us progressing out of this group with ease. Bring on Uruguay.
Still Argentina-England in the World Cup final for me!
Off to Sao Paulo, tickets already circulating at $1500.