I'm back. I was only gone for one month but its strange how you get used to things. I got used to my routine and it was a weird feeling waking up from a nap today here in the US feeling homesick for Rio. Mystic soul captured the feeling exactly in his comment: "...as he descended the hill, a sadness came upon him, and he thought in his heart: How shall I go in peace and without sorrow? Nay, not without a wound in the spirit shall I leave this city......Too many fragments of the spirit have I scattered in these streets..,...Nor is it a thought I leave behind me, but a heart made sweet with hunger and with thirst..." I miss a lot of things but there is much to be cherished in the US as well and its good to back too.
Mezba was curious about the world cup frenzy in Brasil. One word: Wow. I knew Brasilians love soccer as was evident by all the basketball and tennis courts converted to soccer fields but Wow. Its unlike anything I have ever seen in the United States as the decoration, marketing, and excitement seems to supercede US frenzy during the last ten shopping days before Christmas. Everything from Blockbuster to banks are decked out in yellow and green. Streets are lined with green and yellow with people in green and yellow jerseys as everyone counts down to game day.
And then its game day. A day unlike any other. Everything shuts down. No cabbies. No grocery stores. 24 hour gym? closed. Rio De Janeiro is a ghost city save the bars and restaurants you have to reserve seats well in advance peppering the streets with fans glued to the screen. And when Brasil scores, you can't hear anything but screams and laughter and cheers. People are hugging and dancing and kissing and blaring horns.
Now that I am back in the US its really strange to see the lack of interest in the World Cup. I half expected our own streets to be flanked in red white and blue watching the game with avid interest. But they are not. Most of the world is passionate about futbol but the US is strangely absent in the frenzy. Is it because its not conducive to commercial breaks so its just not marketed to us? Anyhow here are some pictures in a feeble attempt to capture the frenzy for Futbol in Brasil. Any picture can be enlarged when clicked. I even threw in a few pics of our highly tanned selves. Desis are quite the paradox. The sun is avoided like the plague for deathly fear of tanning yet only five minutes of exposure can deepen us three shades. It never ceases to tickle me.