Ok, I know I have currently been posting about my trip to Europe in 2013 but I just had to take a minute and share current events here in Brazil. I will get back to editing those posts from last year soon.
It is a quite day here in Brazil. As many of you probably have seen, there futebol team was totally stunned in their world cup quarter final game against Germany. Leading up to the game yesterday I am sure you could hear air horns being blown and cars honking as citizens made their way to where ever they were watching the game in whichever city you were. You see in Brazil futebol is a huge deal. Since Brazil was named as the host country the anticipation for this World Cup has increased and reached its maximum early this year. Beating the top seated team Spain and winning the Confederate Cup after rioting in the streets last year set expectation high. Brazilians started to believe they could be days away from their 6th World Cup. June came and the first deflation occurred when they tied Mexico but after that stumble they made it on to the elimination round and all was moving forward quickly. They surpassed Columbia in the first round but lost two key players. This did not seem to slow the fans as they looked forward to the next match. Then Germany came to town and within a few minutes the score was 3 - 0 then 5 - 0 and finally 7-1 as the Germans obviously came to play. It was like a huge air mattress getting deflated. Brazilians really did not know what to think or how to react. Fireworks reserved for victory became outlets for frustrations. No crowd roars could be heard over the community where cheering fans once celebrated victory. Even my friends who wanted Brazil to loose for political reasons were shocked at the result.
Well today, I went for a walk here in Goiania and found it interesting that yesterday 1 in every 10 vehicles if not more had Brazilian flags either protruding from their windows or covering the hoods of their cars. Today that ratio was 1 in 100 if not less. Flags that once hung from balconies are no longer to be seen and vendors set up on every street corner peddling those yellow and green jerseys have packed their inventory for another day. I think the loss yesterday made this great country turn inward for reflection! We will see what tomorrow brings!