Saturday, May 10, 2008

Oh Futbol

Last night (Friday) we went to our first Futbol game here in Ecuador. And can I just mention how good it is to be back with such Futbol fanatics. The games are always more fun and exciting here! Plus with our 2 jerseys and 2 tickets to the game combined, it was the equivalent to purchasing ONE ticket to a Real Salt Lake Game, so much more affordable. The teams playing were Riobamba vs. Deportivo Cuenca (Our team!) So we of course had to purchase our own jerseys so we'd fit in, and then we headed down to the stadium (10 minute walk from our house.) It was rainy last night and about half-time it just started to pour, so we sat there for the second half with the other 500 or so people and just got drenched while cheering our team on. And these poor kids were just running around trying to sell "plasticos"- basically the equivalent of a garbage sack- for $.50 a pop.

The game ended 1-0 for Riobamba, which actually was the funniest thing that could have happened... although I'm sure we would have liked to see Cuenca win. Reason why it was so hilarious you may ask? Well... the game ended and ALL of these loyal Cuenca fans that had been cheering their team on in the rain for 2 hours just started angrily whistling and screaming and throwing things at their team because they had lost. There were grown men yelling "!!Odio sus putas!!! Mierda!! Cosas de Mierda!!" And if you understand Spanish, I apologize for the strong language, but it was SO hilarious that it had to be said. So they aren't just like fair-weather fans here in Cuenca, they literally HATE their team if they lose. It is apparently unacceptable to the fans, and it was totally awesome to see them demonstrate their loss. Here are a few pictures of last night's event.

This last pic is funny because this was taken right after Cuenca lost, and we had to take it because we thought it was so awesome that they were cussing their OWN team out for losing. And it was really rainy still, hence my hair looks all crazy and wet.

...This coming week my classes start, so Matt and I will be busier than we are now. We also went and visited an orphanage this week, and our services there will start Monday, and we'll go every Monday and Wednesday when it is possible. Good Stuff! We love the emails and comments that everyone sends, it helps us feel connected. So muchisimas gracias.


  1. I love reading about your adventures! That sounds like a lot of fun. We were in Germany for the world cup a few years ago and no-one booed their team, but they were REALLY into it :) It was a good experience. Good luck with your new job!

  2. Looks like you two are having the time of your lives! I love being able to get a sneak peek into your adventures. Keep them coming! (I didn't really need to say that, because after all, this is Matt and Carla we're talking about here, and you two always find an adventure)