World Cup Fever: Go…. Texas!?!

World Cup Fever: Go…. Texas!?!

The first time I went to Texas, I remember being on the freeway between Dallas at the airport and being in awe at the number of massive flags at every car dealership and restaurant we passed.  These American and Texas banners were the largest flags I’d ever seen (until I traveled to Turkey!) and I remember someone – our driver, a friend, I don’t remember who – telling us that because Texas was actually not just a state but a Republic, they were allowed to fly a flag as big as and at an equal level to the US flag.  I have no idea if that’s true.

Really, the only reason I share that story is to justify this blog post.  I really am not as ethnocentric as I might come across!!

World Cup fever has descended full force upon Lebanon.  Brazil and Germany are big favorites, but you can see flags from many other countries waving proudly from balconies, shops, cafes and cars.  We were driving through a random neighborhood the other day and there was a huge Brazil flag stretched from a building on one side of the street to the other.  I can’t imagine in the States seeing so many flags from other countries all over the place… what’s it like in other non-football-powerhouse countries, I wonder?

This guy even had an entire outfit to matched his Germany themed motorcycle!
This guy even had an entire outfit to matched his Germany themed motorcycle!

Anyways, I was walking home a few weeks ago and saw a car that made me laugh.  Couldn’t wait to get home and tell Caleb about the car with the Germany flag flying from one window and the Texas flag from the other!  We do have a car in our neighborhood decked out like the Dallas Cowboys and Isla is cheering for America, Lebanon, Greece or Arizona to win the World Cup (although like a good Beiruti, she’s taken an unnatural liking to Brazil!)…. so I didn’t think anything of someone showing their Texas pride during football season and gleefully shared a laugh with my husband.

Go Germany!
Go Germany!

And then I saw the same car a few days later.  Oops.  Sorry, Chile.

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I mean, it kinda looks like a Texas flag, right???
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Go Orange!

Go Orange!

Before the World Cup started, I decided that I would cheer for the USA and then if (hey, I was hoping!) / when they were eliminated, I would cheer for Holland.  I promise, I’m not just a bandwagon fan!  Actually, I’m not really a soccer fan at all, but “who are you with?” is one of the first questions asked on the streets of Beirut these days, so I needed a good answer.  But because the country is full of bandwagon fans (“I cheer for Germany because they will win it all!” or “I am with Brazil because they always win!”), I feel the need to explain that I didn’t choose Holland because they are in the championship, but because I lived there.

Did you know that?  Yup, we were Dutchies for three years of our young lives… our very unphotogenic young lives…

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I would have rathered (is that a word?) see USA in the final, but since they didn’t make it……

….. GO ORANGE!!!

USA! USA! USA!

USA! USA! USA!

Funny thing, with all the flags flying over Beirut, I haven’t seen a single American flag.  Even in the stores, you can buy a Trinidad & Tobago flag, but no stars and stripes in sight.  Not sure if there’s political meaning behind that, or if the US has just never been good enough at “football” to win any fans here.

Isla wore red, white & blue to support her country today…

… but the little stinker (no pun intended) had a lovely diaper blowout less than an hour after I took this picture… guess she’s rooting for England tonight.  :)  And of all places, we were at General Security trying to renew our visas.  “Yes, I am Nicolette.  Yes, that is poop on my shirt.”  Wonderful.

Well, can’t blame her – Beirut is all she knows.  The little bug won’t eat an avocado to save her life but devours eggplant like it’s her job.  Taking bets on whether her first word will be in English or Arabic.  Lucky for me, “mama” is the same in both languages.

Gooooo Brazil?!?

Gooooo Brazil?!?

Beirut has definitely been hit by World Cup fever… and it hasn’t even started yet!   Over a month ago we started seeing little flags hanging from apartment windows and attached to cars.  Brazil, Germany, France, Spain….  Lebanon doesn’t have a team, so everyone chooses one to cheer for, and from what I hear, it gets pretty intense!  It’s kind of a bummer that the country doesn’t have a team to rally around – just one more thing to be divided on.

I’ve been meaning to take pictures of all the flags everywhere, but haven’t gotten around to that yet… but here’s the official video of the World Cup – actually, I think each world region has a different video, so here is ours:

This song also happens to be Isla’s most recent obsession.  We can be in a totally different part of the house, when she hears it come on she starts kicking and yelling and trying to find it! :)

Super Bowl Tuesday!

Super Bowl Tuesday!

I just saw a commercial for the Super Bowl!  I was pretty surprised considering that here football=soccer.  It’s on Tuesday evening on a channel that we don’t actually get, so we won’t be watching.  Not too bummed about that.  I’ve already missed the entire college football season and half of college basketball season, which are way more interesting to me.

What I am sad to miss is all the commercials… especially this year’s Pepsi commercial, because my sister is in it!  For those of you who do get to watch, see if you can spot her:

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