6/23 Paella beat Spaghetti!!!!
Spain beat Italy last night in penalty kicks. What an exciting game! It is the first time in 24 years that Spain has advanced to the semi finals of the Euro Cup. I must be good luck! The entire nation of spain, apart from the basque country, is completely thrilled. Especially here in Madrid. In the plaza de colon they set up a huge viewing screen so everyone can watch the games together. The footage of that plaza after the game was incredible. Thousands of people celebrating into the night.
Surprisingly, everyone i talked to expected Spain to loose. They kept saying that Spain cant make it past the quarter finals. Those of little faith! I maintained a firm belief that Spain would win the whole game. It was obvious from the get go that spain was dominating the match. They just couldn't put the game away. So into penalty kicks they went. According to the announcers, the two best goalies in the world, Casillas (Spain) and Bufon (Italy) were going head to head. Casillas saved 2 of 4 shots and then Spain iced the game sending the country into bedlam. Spain's "theme song" for this Euro Cup has been a 3 note gem with a whopping 4 words. "Podemos, Podemos, Podemos si!".
Earlier this weekend, Bruno (one of my house mates) had a capoeira exhibition. It is kind of like slow motion kung -fu mixed with break dancing. It was pretty cool. Capoeira originated in Brazil. It includes many aspects of the slave culture that existed in the past. The instruments they play include , a drum and a strange gourd wire combo. They accompany this rhythmic beat with both clapping and chanting. The chanting is a mix of Brazilian Portuguese and the original slave language.
Yesterday was a pretty special day for another reason. here is why
Just try that today. I bet you cant.
Tomorrow I go to Galicia to work on a codar station in Finesterre. It should be fun. I will be traveling a lot in the next 2 weeks. Hopefully i will be able to get internet otherwise ill have to pull a Scott and find a McDonalds with wifi. Haha. After Galicia I will be going to Granada (southern coast of Spain) to take a SCUBA course (this weekend), then next week I am going to Barcelona to work on another Codar station. After we finish up in Barcelona I will stay for a long weekend and meet up with Javi. Javi also works for Qualitas but lives near Barcelona because it is close to very good climbing areas. We are going to go to Mont Serrat. I have hear that he can lead 8+, which is about 5.13-5.14 in the american grading scale. Either way it is hard. I am looking forward to it very much.
OK, ill try to write again tomorrow, but i dont know what the internet situation is like. Bye--Evan