Monday, August 30, 2010

In Rosario...

Today, I spent my time in Rosario.

In the morning, with our guide Gilly and Alan Craddock (father of Charlotte Craddock) looking round the central shopping centre and getting used to the geography of the city.

Some would say: "Well, why didn't you go to the hockey today?"

Answer: I was quite worn out from all the travelling and needed a bit of a break. But also the travelling time to the venue was a factor, and the final clincher was that Chloe had some 'time off' for want of a better word.

However, I did miss the Dutch smashing India 7-1, (India is a team I want to watch, with all that has gone on in the past few months with the side, I'm interested to see how that affects them).

Then in the afternoon, myself, Chloe and room-mate, Katie Long went to the Argentina flag monument in Rosario. This was where the glorious opening ceremony took place a few nights before.

Here is a few shots of Rosario...

Chloe and Katie were asked by a group of young hockey players from Buenos Aires if they could take their pictures with them. Whilst they all said their favourite with Luciana Aymar, they still couldn't believed they'd met two players!

And what is more they'll be at the matches for Tuesday, and will watch England.

Around Rosario, we saw at least a dozen or more people wearing Chelsea Football club shirts and track suit tops - Premier League goals are always on the TV. The British clubs are massive over here it seems - all the shops stock kit for British football clubs.

The display that Chloe and Katie are looking at is by the British Council showing the UK and Argentina at sport, and yes there is a hockey stand with pictures of the current team on.

(Below L to R: Chloe and Katie Long)

Even a girl in the local petrol station next to the England team hotel talked to them about hockey, telling them she played locally.

You will note the huge bill-board posters of Luciana Aymar, (See me by one below) they are everywhere in the city, she has even done some relaxed ads for a shopping chain. Alan and me spotted her autobiography on sale at a news agents.

60 pesos, nearly a tenner for a book we'll both struggle to read in Spanish - I'm waiting for the English translation!

Spanish for today: "¿Cual es tu jugador favorito?" - 'Who is your favourite player?'

Seriously, everybody has said Luciana Aymar in answer to this, and I've asked about a dozen people now since learning it in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

See Also: Chloe and Katie on Hockey's Got Talent.

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