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Top 10 reasons why watching the entire World Cup of soccer, in Brazil, should be on your bucket list…

June 10, 2010

One of the things you should definitely do in your lifetime is spend an entire World Cup competition in Brazil – anywhere, in Brazil.

Here are just some of the reasons:

  1. A graduation ceremony at our school was re-scheduled for another day because it was going to conflict with Brazil’s first game.
  2. One of our corporate sponsors donated a huge plasma TV to be installed in the cafeteria so the students could watch the World Cup games.
  3. Students insist on leaving class early to watch classifying round matches against non-contenders like Tanzania.
  4. My tennis class was cancelled for next Tuesday due to the first game.
  5. In order to watch the game, Brazilians dress up in the National Team colors.
  6. Sports clubs are installing huge TV screens for members to gather together to watch the games.
  7. Even high-end stores are decorated in green and yellow.
  8. Most people are participating in some kind of sports pool based on the World Cup.
  9. Businesses such as the one my husband runs, knows that business will come to an almost complete halt during the World Cup.
  10. My neighbors decorated the streets in front of our house and strung green and yellow streamers and flags from the light posts.

In short, the whole country becomes green and yellow (verde e amarelo) during the World Cup – it is really quite something.  When I first experienced the World Cup, I was on a bus trip with my parents.  When we arrived in Foz do Iguaçu we visited the falls and were somewhat oblivious to the games.  However, after dinner we ventured out into the streets outside our hotel to see what all the fuss was about.  We saw cars and trucks driving up and down the streets with people hanging out of windows, trunks and flatbeds.  They were letting off firecrackers from the cars and boozing it up.  Later when we were heading back home on our trip, the bus stopped at a roadside eatery so that we could watch the final game.  Years later my parents were again here during the competition and they were surprised at what happens before and during the games.  There is an incredible amount of traffic leading up to the game.  Everyone is going to a special place to watch the game.  There is also a ton of fireworks that are let off before, during and after the game.  That is not mentioning what happens when Brazil scores.  During the game, the streets look like a wasteland.  There are absolutely no cars, trucks, bikes, or people out AT ALL.  The wave of sadness that overcomes the country if Brazil is eliminated is not to be taken lightly.  However, people do at the same time feel relieved that they can get on with their lives.  It is, indeed, the beautiful game.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. luanaspider permalink
    June 15, 2010 12:46 am

    looved your post! just proves me right when i say you write well…and it’s sooo true. Brasil totally stops when we are playing, but still’s pretty fun! 🙂

    • jabertra permalink*
      June 15, 2010 1:46 pm

      It is hard to really capture the fever that comes over Brazil during the World Cup, but I stand by what I say – it is a spectacle worth watching!
      Thanks for your interest in my thoughts and random musings!
      Ms. B

  2. Yvonne Rutten permalink
    October 30, 2010 9:12 pm

    Hey Ms.B,
    After you showed me your blog i started to wonder what it was all about so i thought i might read it. Well anyway its great and so true. Brazil during the World Cup is crazy.

    • jabertra permalink*
      November 6, 2010 10:54 am

      I’m glad that you enjoyed reading my blog. I have had so much fun with it! See you back here soon I hope!

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