It’s hard to believe that we were joking about going to Brazil to see the World Cup four years ago. Now, here we are!
We were lucky enough to secure random tickets to two games (England vs. Costa Rica and France vs. Nigeria.) Attending the World Cup games was a once in a lifetime experience—especially as we now live in Costa Rica and, in many ways, feel like we were able to cheer on “our” team!
But apart from attending the World Cup games, we also wanted to visit Brazil to experience the excitement outside the stadium—the infectious energy in the streets and local bars, with fans from around the world.
Leading up to the World Cup in Brazil, 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 and cheer on Brazil!
And cheer on the Brazilian team they have. The streets in cities across Brazil have been a sea of yellow and green jerseys. Belo Horizonte seemingly shut down in its entirety (save for the bars), so locals could see Brazil play. And that was just during the group stage!
We’ll forever remember our time in Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, both in and outside the stadium. Here are a few of our favorite pictures that commemorate the adrenaline and passion of cheering Brazil on:
Our Favorite Images From The 2014 FIFA World Cup (Part 1)