Four years ago we joked about going to Brazil during the World Cup. Now we’re actually here! Though we did secure random tickets to one of the games during the first raffle, one of the main reasons we wanted to come to Brazil was to experience the excitement surrounding the games – in the streets and local bars, and with fans from around the world.
We all know that leading up to the games there were plenty of protests and controversy. But now that the World Cup has begun, the general attitude from Brazilians we’ve met has been to enjoy the games while they’re here, and cheer on Brazil!
And cheer they have. The streets have been a sea of yellow and green jerseys. Belo Horizonte seemingly shut down in its entirety (save for the bars) so people could leave work in time to see Brazil play. And this is just the group stage! But I’ll save the descriptions for now and just let you have a look for yourself: