World Cup Fever

July 9th, 2010
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I’ve totally gotten caught up in the world cup. This is particularly odd since I haven’t followed sports since I was 10 and even more so given that I’ve spent the last 6 years surrounded by sports enthusiasts with seemingly no effect.
The secret is that what’s really excited me about the games has been the window it’s provided into so many countries and cultures that I’ve wanted to visit and experience for so long. It’s brought out my wanderlust and I can’t stop thinking of all the traveling I’d like to do.
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Last weekend, we went to Philly for the Fourth of July and these two Argentinians beat their drums and sang and chanted for hours. Even after their team lost, they were rooting for the other South American teams to make it.
It’s every accent and national anthem and flag waving that makes me imagine sitting in some plaza or beer hall or pub surrounded by supporters.
Clearly, I’m craving a trip out of the country. Somewhere far away where I can eat and drink and enjoy and shoot something different from our everyday world.
We’re starting to look at vacation plans for this fall. Italy is high up, but so are A few places in Asia or elsewhere in Europe or South America. We’ll just have to see what materializes between now and November.

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