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I have to be honest here, I'm not really into sporting events...at all. Sure, I appreciate the skill and dedication and yeah, voetbal is fun to play recreationally but I'm the last person to ask when it comes to actual knowledge of athletic facts and figures. The winter Olympics would have completely slipped my mind if I hadn't been living in a country obsessed with speed skating. I even visited Beijing in 2007 and all I remember was seeing them build the bird's nest. But, this week, my apathy has changed.
For some reason, World Cup experience is just more fun in Europe! The atmosphere is so completely saturated with this game that it's actually hard to not care. The energy might even be raising the spirit of non-enthusiasts like myself. Although I can't guarantee that I'll still have this much interest in soccer/football tomorrow or a month from now, it's kind of exciting to imagine the myriad of places I could be watching the World Cup in four years and who I'll be rooting for (besides America, of course!)
Bikes, check. Orange, check. Feeling very Dutch at the moment and the World Cup is definitely growing on me. But for now, I'll just add this to the list of unique expat experiences in the Netherlands and enjoy the perks of cheering for two teams.