Vamos! Vamos Chilenos!
It's soccer MADNESS in Chile. On Monday, we had our 2nd world cup match and won AGAIN! The best part is that the game watches are during class time and, accordingly, all classes are suspended so that students--and teachers--get the full "cultural" experience. Two weeks ago, we watched the Chile-Honduras game at 7:30am. All the students and teachers came early, faces painted and flags waving, for the game. We cheered and screamed and kids jumped on top of desks and ran around outside the classroom and, for once, no one cared. Afterwards, the teachers gathered for cake and coffee and the students took a long recess. It was the first world cup game win in 48 years so you can imagine the excitement (Chile vs. Honduras 1-0).
Monday's game was at 10am so we had a few hours of class before madness ensued yet again! The first half was more of the same--face-painting, elaborate cheers--but no goals. During half time, the PE teacher brought out two blasting speakers and played the world cup theme songs. I jumped and danced, posing for photos with a plastic world cup trophy and spinning children around in the air. Half-time ended and we were back in the game. 75 minutes in, Mark Gonzalez scored a goal--the only of the match--and the classroom erupted in cheers. The game ended fifteen minutes later and the students (and myself) went running down the corridor, shouting and waving flags the whole way. The seniors apparently left campus on their own accord shortly thereafter to go party downtown...this would NEVER happen in the states. And that, my friends, is a glimpse of the World Cup in Chile.