Wednesday, June 18, 2014


La Roja did it again! With its second win in the first round of this year's Cup, Chile will be advancing to the round of 16. This is a HUGE deal, and boy oh boy, is it exciting to be here to see it happening. The game started at 3 p.m., and as before, it was easy to tell when each of the two goals was scored, even without a radio, the Internet or TV. The collective scream of GOAAAAAAL, from nearly everyone in the country is something to hear. I followed along online for the first half, then went over to the same place across the street where I watched the last match. There were a lot more people there today, and by the time I got there, the place was jumping.
Showing their spirit:

Valparaíso street is one block away from me, and is the main bar area in this part of town. As I left the Wall Street restaurant, I heard a roaring sound, looked down the street and saw the entire street choked with revilers, screaming, jumping and dancing. Flags were waving, horns were honking and there was just a lot of general rejoicing. Now, an hour or so after the match, the joy is still apparent, in the continuous, rhythmic beeping of car horns as drivers go down Alvarez. GO CHILE!

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