Monday, June 21, 2010


The world cup is underway and is a huge deal in VN. Lucky for us the host location is S. Africa; the games all take place after work hours here (starting around 6pm local time). Every restaurant and coffee shop broadcasts the game and everyone seems to enjoy it. There are posters and flyers for the cup all around HCMC, small printed schedules at coffee shops, people dressed in the uniforms of their favorite teams and even daily newspapers strictly dedicated to world cup.

Here people enjoy watching the world cup with friends either at someones home or while eating at a restaurant. The groups can be huge- as many as 20 friends can be seen watching the cup together each night.

It is so markedly different from the states where we don't give football (soccer) nearly the same attention that the rest of the world does- people here have a passion for the world cup. As an American, I would describe it as a month long super bowl. It is a fun atmosphere and a time for friends to get together and have a good time. Yo!

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