World Cup, Argentina & Me

The biggest football event of the world, the World Cup, is coming and like in every other country it is gripping Nepal. Everywhere you go you will find something that would remind you of the event. Every small and big companies, shops and business is brainstorming to find out a way to cash the passion.

It was probably because television broadcasting came to Nepa during 1986 World Cup (for me 1990 World Cup was the first), a good number of Nepali are fans to Maradona, thus Argentina. So is the case with me.

I am wearing Argentine jersey for a few days now. It is an old one, from 2002 World Cup when Argentina made exit from the first round. Since a lot of people teasingly asked me to stop supporting Argentina, I printed the back of it with ‘Still Argentina Fan‘.

Yesterday, when I was returning from ATTSH where I inquired for a new jersey, a motorcyclist horned me and when I looked towards him, he thumbed up me saying ‘nice t-shirt’. It would be only natural to see a waving hand from an Argentine fan for next month with the white-blue stripes on my body.

I desperately hope Argentina will win the World Cup this time thus getting the new generation into its fandom. The next month is going to buzzing one for Nepali football fans as the World Cup will, no wonder, be the biggest talk of the town. I am eagerly awaiting for the World Cup though it would eat a lot of good night sleep.

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Now in Kathmandu

I have come to Kathmandu after 12-day tour.

Yesterday, after day-long walk we reached Lukla for a night stay before we finally leave for Kathmandu. The story yesterday was same as it was all tiring walk from Namche to Lukla after attending the prize-distribution ceremony.

For dinner, we bought two cocks and Bikash cooked it for us. It felt good waiting for the morning which would bring a plane that we would use to go to Kathmandu.

Epilogue
(added more than week later)

The next day, we found that the weather wasn’t good and it’s not likely that the plane would come. Only one place arrived this morning and took off. We waited till 11:00 AM when finally another plane came and we boarded on it. It would not before four days later that another plane would land at sloppy Lukla Airport.

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