Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chile vs. Honduras, World Cup and seeing a happy city!

I love seeing Chileans happy.

I mean, I love seeing everyone be happy. But especially in Chile, where I feel like people are often just kind of muddling along, where the ecstacy meter doesn't budge off of not really, seeing people be elated is extra super special.

Which is what found me waking up at 6:45 (in the morning, in the dark, in the cold, oh please throw me a pity party) to hop on my bike and ride over to Plaza La Constitución, (opposite La Moneda) to stand in the cold and take pictures like this:

shadow

and this:

just waking up, plaza la constitución

You see, it was Chile vs. Honduras this morning in the World Cup, Chile's inaugural game of the 2010 world cup (Spanish lesson: Copa Mundial, not to be confused with the Copa Cabana (her name was Lola, am I alone here?))

And people were out in their silly hats:

obstructed view

and wigs:

wig!

and oh, they painted little flags on their faces (no star)

painted face 3

and here (with star!)

painted face

or maybe even their whole face

painted face 5

and otherwise trotted out their patriotism

todo un personaje 2

and then we all shouted gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool, and it was good

gooooooooooooooooooool

And this man talked to his son on the phone about how fabulous it was

on the phone with his son

And it started to rain, but just a little. And the game ended without Honduras pulling a tie (but without Chile scoring again, which they really, really should have). And we all headed to Plaza Italia

en camino a plaza italia 1

and here we are at Chile's ground zero for anything happening

plaza italia

where as always, there was visible police presence

mas pacos

and I had to run, because I had to get work, but that's okay, because I got to meet Felipe. That's this man's pooch. Also dressed up for the occasion.

Felipe and his man

And everyone, but everyone, was elated. I'd wake up at 6:45 AM in the freezing dark for that most days. Well worth it. Chi-chi-chi-le-le-le!

More photos in this Chile World Cup set on my flickr page.

And Margaret of Cachando Chile has something to say in her post, Goooool Chile! First World Cup Win, too. And no, we didn't plan that. We're just brainwave sisters sometimes.

6 comments:

Annje said...

Yipee! great post! great pics! and you are right, it is lovely to see the whole country happy.

lydia said...

was it not raining in santiago this morning? there werent too many people out in the streets in valpo because of the rain, but people were shouting out windows and making as much noise as possible through other means...

jeje big pity trip, 6:45 would almost be sleeping in to me. :-( its a cold depressing hour i wish i'd never see... except, like you say, for a game

Betsy Longstocking said...

EJALEEEE! Vamos, Chile!

Candice said...

Ahhh, would LOVE to be caught up in the excitement right about now!

Andrea said...

I'm not a football fan at all, but this match had me yelling at the tv set and shouting tactical instructions like a nutcase... or a (Chilean) guy :-P

Nellie said...

Good for them , how neet you went to see and be seen and it was a chilling in the Chile morning...
I am Italian so I'm happy Italy made it in.
And yes some of us are with you and that"show girl, but that was 40 years ago when they used to have a show"I did my house work to that song.