From Mexico to Argentina, from street kids kicking a ball about, to passionate fans singing in all seater stadiums like the Maracana, football is the one thing that you can almost always rely on to break those language barriers.
Constantly treading in dog shit around South America!
I kid you not cleaning up after your dog is not the done thing, particularly in Buenos Aires which is by far the worst culprit in my opinion. I was chatting to my Spanish teacher about it and he told me that it is seen as good luck to tread in dog shit. Well when I have just forked out 50 quid on some new white trainers and then tread in a hot steaming turd I don´t feel very lucky.
You can travel quite comfortably around Central and South America in air conditioned buses that eclipse even that of our very own National Express. However it wouldn´t be as much fun as a ride on an old American school bus that has been pimped up. Guatemala was leading the race for the best pimped buses until I saw these in Panama.
They blare out music, people are jammed not just in the bus but on the bus,(I myself had to hang on to the ladder on the back for one hour) and they carry all kinds of things including, yes Chickens!
I don´t think you can get much more of an iconic uniform than these guys who work all hours keeping the streets of Rio clean and tidy.
On my travels I was lucky enough to go to the Carnival to watch the parade at the Sambadrome and it was one of the best experiences of my life. However I was surprised to find that the street cleaners do actually open it like they do in the Orange ad. Rumour has it Renato was leading them out, but I´m not 100% sure.
Hello, I'm Carl. An English communications strategist/plannery type, living in Australia.
I use this blog to rant, praise, think about things, log stuff and generally talk to myself. Just like I'm doing now.