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Olé, olé, olé, olé, Perú, Perú

Fútbol (aka soccer) is much more than a sport.  It is THE pride of the Peruvian.  I can’t even think of how to explain it, but the success or failure of the Peruvian fútbol team forms part of the identity of the Peruvian citizen.

Last Friday, Perú played Paraguay.  Apparently, Perú’s got the best team it’s had in several years, so everyone was hopeful.  I went to a pizza place with 3 friends (2 Americans, 1 Peruvian) to watch the game and it was, well, an experience.  The title of this blog is one of the chants I learned!  Another one was “¡Quien no salta es paraguayo!” (The person not jumping is Paraguayan!!)…this chant is, of course, accompanied by everyone jumping up and down.  And we won, 2-0!!!  Yayyyyyyy!!!!  Afterwards, we went out to the street, which was basically a parking lot, and everyone was honking their car horns to a rhythm.  The police were enjoying it just as much as anyone else :)

But today, Perú played Chile.  I didn’t watch the game (planned to, but it was in the afternoon, not at night, and I missed it).  The score was 4-2, Chile won.  Now, in order to have a proper understanding of the effect this will have on the Peruvian population, you must know that Chile and Perú are not exactly best buddies.  They went to war with each other around 1880, and Perú lost.  (In fact, the three times Peruvian troops have fought against Chilean troops (Chile’s independence, Peru’s independence, and the War of the Pacific (around 1880), the Peruvian troops have lost.  And, as a side note, there are countless streets named after Peruvian heroes of the War of the Pacific….but they lost….hmmmm).

Anyway, when my host mother got home tonight, I told her I was going to go up and watch the game (the re-run).  And she told me not to watch it.  Haha.  I said, “4-2, that’s not that bad, it’s not 4-0,” which elicited a response somewhere along the lines of, “How can you say that?!?!?!?!?'”  This then launched into a discussion of how the Chileans lack respect for Perú, and how they think they’re just so great, which then led into a comparative discussion of the politics of Chile and Perú, Perú’s failing education system, and the assertion that this country will be under a dictatorship in less than a year and a half.

Like I said, it’s more than a sport.

 

A couple weeks ago, I went to Cusco, and have been meaning to put up a blog post for it.  However, there are so many pictures that this blog program keeps cutting off half of it when I try to post it.  So, if you’re interested in reading about my trip to Cusco (and Machu Picchu!!), I invite you to my personal blog, where there are pictures galore; here is the link for that post: http://limachica2011.blogspot.com/2011/10/if-you-like-trekking-go-to-himalayas-or.html

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