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!!!

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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! :)