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I woke up on Sunday morning very excited and anxious. Today was the day we would go to the Boca Juniors Stadium to watch the Boca Juniors vs. Arsenal game. For those of you who aren’t big soccer fans, or who don’t know much about Argentine soccer, let me give you a quick overview.
Soccer is HUGE in
With this being said, you all can understand how intense the soccer games can be. If you’ve never attended an Argentine soccer game, or a South American soccer game, it should be on the list of things you do before you die. The crowd at these games are INTENSE! People go crazy! There is a section of the stadium that does not sit down the ENTIRE time.
Consequently, this fervent dedication conveys the strong cultural ties soccer has to Latin & South America. Soccer is a very big part of these people’s lives. It is a past time that is imperative to the livelihood of these countries. Families become divided between opposing soccer teams. Young boys are groomed to become great soccer players. Girls dream about marrying famous soccer players. Now some people may say that this passion is crazy. However, I personally admire the devotion. It is not easy to be so dedicated to something. It is very hard to stay committed and focused on a team, or rather on anything. It takes a certain type of person to be able to have that kind of passion and motivation. Thus, I find it refreshing that the Argentines as well as other Latinos care so much about soccer. It’s not everyday that I encounter people like this in the States.
Anyways, to get ready for the game, Luq and I decided that we needed to blend in better. Thus we went on a mission to find Boca Juniors paraphernalia. We wanted to get jerseys to wear to the game. However, not just any old jerseys, we wanted yellow jerseys. For those of you who know Luqman, you know that the love of his jerseys runs DEEP. There have been many moments on this trip where I’ve often wondered if Luqman came for a cultural experience, spiritual growth or if he really just came to go on a jersey shopping spree. Anyways, that’s beside the point. I will blog about Luqman’s shopping habits in a later entry. We headed to
Dejectedly, we looked around for a sign. Something that would tell us what to do. Something that would indicate where we should go or the location of a shop that was selling the beloved yellow Boca Juniors jersey. Quintessentially, we were looking for divine intervention. As we marinated on these feelings, suddenly, something caught the corner of my eye that brought about a smile on my face. All of a sudden, I had a surge of positive energy flow through me. This object my friends, was the two golden arches. That’s right, I saw McDonalds.
Okay so McDonalds really didn’t help with our quest to find the yellow jerseys and it certainly wasn’t divine intervention, however the muffins we ate there were amazing. I wish the McDonalds in the
We came back home and had about 15 minutes to spare before the tour company was coming to pick us up. We quickly all changed into our Boca Juniors gear and got ready to head to the game. The company promptly picked us up at 4:15 PM and we proceeded to the Boca Juniors stadium. When we arrived, we soon realized that all three of us were not prepared for the COLD air. We totally underestimated the chill and wind factor of the stadium. Then to make matters worse, we found out that our seats were in the highest section of the stadium. I literally felt like I could see the world from where I was sitting. I thought back to what the tour company had told me “oh yeah you’re sitting behind the line in the second or third section.” Clearly, he was not specific enough. We were in the highest section and we were freezing! Consequently, Luq and I decided that we would go buy Boca Junior hats to keep our heads warm. We also decided that we were gonna move to get closer and that we’d meet up with the tour group later.
As we were making our way back to our seats, I decided that I had to indulge and buy myself a choripan. These delicious Argentine treats are one of my FAVORITES! A choripan is a fat sausage that is cut down the middle that is put in between a roll. Then you put toppings on it such as onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, eggs, etc. I know, I know, it sounds kinda gross, but trust me, it is AMAZING!! I have never eaten a sausage so good in my life! While I was buying the choripan, Luq decided that he would try one of the hamburgers from the stand as well. He took a bite into and was in heaven. He liked the hamburger so much that he ate the entire thing before we even got to our seats.
We finally got to our seats and huddled close together to stay warm. The game was intense. However, truth be told, I was quite disappointed with the outcome and the way Boca was playing. It clearly wasn’t their best game and there were many goals that they could have gotten, that they didn’t. However, when Boca Juniors did score their one goal, the stadium went NUTS! There was dancing, cheering, singing, etc. The crowd erupted in noise. There were many moments in the game that got me off of my seat. Even if you do not know much about soccer, it is very easy to get caught up in the game because of the ambiance. However, despite the efforts, the game unfortunately ended up in a draw.
After making our way through the huge crowd back to our tour bus, we sat in our seats for a gloomy ride back to the apartment. However, our guide, Martin came over to our seats and proceeded to try to cheer us up. He asked us how we were enjoying
We all walked in and quickly changed to jump under our blankets and covers. As I was defrosting in bed, I smiled to myself about the day. Although we had some obstacles: finding a yellow jersey, freezing our American arses off, being stuck in traffic after the game, I was happy that we got to experience an Argentine national pastime. All in all, I’d say the experience was a hit. GOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!