Boca Jrs v. Gimnasia

Trip Start Dec 05, 2010
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Trip End Jan 03, 2011


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Monday, December 13, 2010

When I think of futbol in Latin America, I expected brawls, rivalries, and drunkenness.  Last night at the last game of the season for the famous Boca Juniors team, I only got 1 out of 3.

Fans of the two teams are kept completely separate. Not only are they in different cheering sections, when the game ends, they dismiss the away team first and the excessive local and national police on hand lock up the popular sections (cheap seats = troublemakers) for 30 minutes so the others can make a clean getaway. 

The stadium does not serve alcohol. Hmm...you think they made that decision based on past experinces?? 

Just because the violence and sloshing cups of beer are limited, doesn't mean it isn't ugly. I did witness a spray of something liquid from the top deck where the other team's fans were. Our guide Cristian confirmed it was definitely piss. 

One more thing, one of the best parts of the this experience was the meal we had before the game.  As we walked up to the old garage turned into a make-shift restaurant, all of us were a little suspect of what could possibly happend next.  But our anxiety was calmed with one of the most wonderful creations we've had since coming down to BA.  The CHORIPAN.  Yes, it has almost a mythical feeling about it, but this little tasty creation was almost better than seeing the game itself.  Made with chorizo sausage and chunks (yes whole complete chunks) of grissle.  It makes for a delicious experience, which surprisingly, we didn't pay for later that night.   
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