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Sarah: Fútbol

September 29, 2011

In Venezuela, fútbol is like the mountains, the plants and the storms….


And very different from the U.S.

I went to my first “soccer” game ever in South America on Sunday, and I definitely got a taste of the latin american fútbol scene. The passion these people have for the game of soccer is incredible. My favorite example of this is the huge sign I saw hanging from the fence surrounding the soccer field. It said “pasión y locura” – passion and craziness.

This is what a fútbol stadium looks like in Mérida, Venezuela:

And this is what a football stadium looks like in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It is an amazing feeling to be sitting in the stands on a beautiful, warm, Venezuela evening gazing at the mountains that seem to be swallowing you up from every direction.

And it is an entirely different feeling to be freezing your butt off at TCF Bank Stadium with your friends, watching the Gophers play and smiling when you look up at that oh-so-familiar skyline in the distance.

But they are both exhilerating and give me a rush when I think about them. One makes me realize how lucky I am, how far away I am, and what an incredible experience I’m having.

The other makes me nostalgic, proud, and greatful to have the best family, school and friends in the world waiting for me when I come home to winter in Minnesota.

Needless to say, it would be impossible to forget either one.


Ben: A Typical Day in Venezuela

June 20, 2009

By now, anyone who has been reading about my trip to Venezuela probably has the impression that every day is some new and exotic adventure, and that my life has become a cross between an issue of National Geographic and an episode from a travel show. In a sense this is true…on a daily basis I am surrounded by a culture that is foreign to me; the language, the people and the food are all new and different. However, at the risk of disappointing some, I feel that I have to set the record straight by explaining that I actually have a fairly structured ‘typical day.’ Actually, most days here are exactly the same for me. I have a family and school, both of which come with schedules and responsibility. So, although not as dramatic as some of my other posts, I think it is time to introduce what life is like for me in Venezuela.

I am going to start by introducing my family. They have been by far the best thing that has happened to me in Venezuela. While I have heard horror stories from other students, I look forward to going home after school. My family is incredibly engaged with me, asking each day what I have learned in school, helping me practice Spanish, cooking for me, showing me around Mérida and generally including me in everything that a typical Venezuelan family does. In short, I have been treated as one of the family since the night I arrived, and I don’t believe that there are words strong enough to express my gratitude for that. Read the rest of this entry ?

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