Central African Republic was playing Ethiopia the other day. Football of course for the uninitiated…and for the un-uninitiated I mean soccer. Teddy and Mohammed were in the room watching the game while I was in the kitchen cooking for everyone.
The first rumblings came as Ethiopia tied CAR 1-1. The cars were honking, people were yelling, and there was a general commotion that could be heard across Addis Ababa. It quieted quickly and one of the guys came to tell me that the score was tied.
I continued cooking and all of the sudden the city erupted in a roar – car horns, shouting, the guard in the parking lot dancing. The roar was loud and long…so long it continued for much of the evening. Why you ask? Well, it wasn’t just a game. It was the game to get into the World Cup – and Ethiopia is going. 🙂
It was amazing to hear the roaring from the entire city. Even when the Buccaneers finally won a SuperBowl I don’t recall hearing that in my neighborhood. Ah, I love cultural differences that show unity in a people as they celebrate victory together.