My First Professional Soccer Game

26 07 2009

Today, I went to my first professional soccer game. The Cusco team played against the Lima team, and unfortunately, we lost 0-2. Apparently, the team here is not very good. Nonetheless, I had so much fun.

Cusco Team Attempting a Goal

Cusco Team Attempting a Goal

A bunch of us bought jerseys and wore them throughout the game. I´m actually still wearing mine as I write. There were food and drink vendors everywhere, and of course lots of cheering and swearing from the crowd. A former TEFL student (now an English teacher here) and I decided to eat beef and potatoes on a stick. I had been dying to try it for some time now. Very tasty.

Beef and Potato On a Stick

Beef and Potato On a Stick

Beef and Potato On a Stick

Beef and Potato On a Stick

During the game, it started raining a little bit. The weather here has been pretty strange the past few days– cloudy and rainy. It´s dry season right now, so Cusco doesn´t usually get this type of weather this time of year.

While walking home from the game, I happened to walk right into the middle of a parade about a block from my house. There are street parades all the time here. And, Peru is celebrating Independence Day on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I´m sure there will be lots more street parades this week.

Street Parade While Walking Home

Street Parade While Walking Home

On Wednesday, I start my TEFL/TESOL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) class. Basically, I´ll be a full-time student for the next four weeks. No more working with children right now. From what I´ve heard and seen, the class is very intense, but also rewarding and fun. I´ll have to make lesson plans, write papers, read and teach English lessons to students at Maximo Nivel. Super excited for the challenge and what lies ahead! When the class ends, Maximo holds a party with free food and alcohol for all the TEFL students, the staff and volunteers. I´ve now been to three parties.

TEFL/TESOL Party with Valerie, Recent TEFL/TESOL Grad and Soon-to-Be Teacher at Maximo

TEFL/TESOL Party with Valerie, Recent TEFL/TESOL Grad and Soon-to-Be Teacher at Maximo


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