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    Salvador Brazil World Cup 2014 Trip Report/Photos #worldcup2014 #brazil2014 #salvador

    Day 1 - Arrival to Salvador, Brazil
    We finally landed in Brazil after what seemed like a day of flying. After 2 ˝ years of planning we arrived in Salvador, Brazil for the World Cup. Our group had a total of 18 people. First we had to eat. Our group travel coordinator, an American (fluent in Portuguese), took us to a small Brazilian restaurant to watch the first game Brazil vs Croatia. The locals were passionate and you could feel the excitement as we watched the game. We chanted Brazil through the first half of the game. At half time we got up to leave the restaurant. When the Brazilian patrons realized many of us were Jamaican and started high fiving us. They chanted “Jamaica” as we walked out.

    We were going to watch the rest of the game at the Pelourinho Historic Centre of Salvador da Bahia. There were big screen TV’s set up there for World Cup fans. The traffic getting there was bad. We listened to the game on the radio on the way there. When we got to the Pelourinho the place was packed with people. On every side street there were televisions tuned to the game. While we walked to the square at the Pelourinho we witnesses the jubilation of the Brazilian locals as they scored the 3rd and final goal of the match. The game ended just as we entered the square at the Pelourinho just in time to see the Oludum drummers leaving the concert. We were able to take a photo with 1 of the drummers. Brazil won the game 3-1. There was dancing and drumming by a women's group. It started to rain but no one cared. Some members of our group joined in the celebration dancing in the streets. The celebration was one I will never forget.



    Leaving the Airport reminds me of Fern Gully in Jamaica


    The hustling of Brazilian shirts was on every corner


    Just a random photo of a man riding his bike.





    Brazil flag were on almost every car



    Young men doing Capoeira which is a a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.


    Celebrations in the street after Brazil wins their opening game












    An Audio VW..









    The celebrations in the streets after Brazil wins.

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    Day 2 - The World Cup Game - Spain vs Netherlands
    The traffic getting to the stadium for the game was gridlocked. It took us 2 hours to get to the area around the stadium. There were barriers and roadblocks everywhere. We decided that it was best to get out the van and walk to the stadium. I am glad we walked as we got to see the neighborhood and the people.

    Everyone in our group had different seating assignments in the stadium so we decided on a meeting spot. My wife and I entered the stadium. It was beautiful. We took a few photos with fans from other countries. Some had wild costumes. Next we started to search for food. There were signs everywhere for hot dogs, hamburgers and popcorn. The options for drinks were water, beer and Coca Cola. There was popcorn everywhere. I went from one concession stand to another searching for hotdogs. No hot dogs or hamburgers were being sold at any of the concession stands. We eventually got tired of running around and found a concession stand with Coca Cola. I needed some sugar. We stood in line for 45minutes to be told that there was no Coca Cola left. My only option was now water as I did not drink beer (love it on Barbeque chicken though).

    We got into our seats just in time to see the singing of anthems and the kick-off. The fans from the Netherlands outnumbered the Spain from fans by approximately 10 to 1. There were barely any Spanish fans there. That may have been a good thing as the Netherlands team dominated Spain even though they had scored first. At half time I went back out thinking maybe they would serve food but there was nothing. If there is one thing they "messed up" it was this. They lost a great opportunity to make some money. A lot of fans were unhappy.

    The fans sang songs and did the wave during the match. Many of the Brazilian fans taunted "Diego" who turned down the Brazilian team to play for Spain. They sang "Diego Die-ago". I was not sure what it meant but they seemed to be happy his team lost. Netherlands won 5-1.

    The atmosphere after the game was wild as the fan from Netherlands were in high spirits singing and dancing their way out the stadium.

    We were able to regroup fairly quickly and walked to the minivan. We spent approximately 1 ˝ hours in traffic. We went to a seafood restaurant for a late dinner. We watched the game between Chile vs Australia there.

    When we got back to the villa we had a "mini party" with the group.








































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    More Photos from Day 2 - The World Cup Game - Spain vs Netherlands








    Salvador, state flag








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    Cute photo.

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    7/5th of all people do not understand fractions.

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    So did the concessions get any better the other game days? I am shocked that they weren't better prepared. I wonder what they will do in 2016.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepper View Post
    So did the concessions get any better the other game days? I am shocked that they weren't better prepared. I wonder what they will do in 2016.
    We went 1 match but some of the folks in the group went to a second match. They said the concession did not get better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Diplomat View Post
    Cool pictures; would have loved to have seen more of the local sights though

    I have more photos that I may post. Because it was quick visit I did not get to do alot of interaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xavier View Post



    Leaving the Airport reminds me of Fern Gully in Jamaica


    please hand in your passport

    but apart from that nice pictures
    Last edited by RichD; 06-26-2014 at 05:20 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichD View Post


    please hand in your passport

    but apart from that nice pictures
    cannot do that...lol..more of the trip to come with more photos
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    Enjoying your pictures so much

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsExced View Post
    Enjoying your pictures so much
    yes, even though him mix up bamboo avenue wid fern gully
    When its hot in the jungle of peace I go swimming in the ocean of love.....

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