The World Cup is now in full swing, and with the final 16 groups almost confirmed, at this point the Cup could be anyone’s – though unfortunately England is out… But we weren’t to know that when we gathered in Trafalgar Square for a sizzling, samba party in London – a warm welcome to the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
London paid tribute to Brazil showcasing diversity of the capital on the 10th of June with a magnificent fiesta that captured the spirit the South American FIFA World Cup host country. From noon till 7pm, within the perimeters of 23,000 m² which later expanded out into the rest of the capital – Brazil came to the heart of London!
Nelson’s Column loomed high guarding Trafalgar Square, whilst behind the poised Admiral, Londoners and Brazilians joined forces to replicate a carnival-like atmosphere, enough to mistake London city dwellers for laid-back Brazilians as we gathered in solidarity sporting the colours of the Brazilian flag; yellow, green and blue. Even the sun paid tribute to Brazil with temperatures soaring in the mid-20’s celsius degrees. There was lots of music, samba dancing (looking out for the video), good food and a good vibes to make the whole day memorable.
I was transported back to Brazil for a few hours as I let the troubles that come with being a Londoner escape me, surrounded by my get-together of friends, couchsurfers and even family after spotting my cousin and his friends in the crowd.
“Are you all Brazilian?” A BBC reporter asked us as we got a line dance going with the crowd.
“No. We’re from here.” I responded proudly. Sensing this wasn’t the answer she expected to hear, I quickly added;
“But we love Brazil!” With that proclaimed and the Brazilian waved into the air, the reporter held her camera out to frame our joyful faces in a shot before moving on into the rest of the crowd.
And that, is probably the general consensus of everyone who showed up for Brazil Day in the heart of London, enough to make you love Brazil!
Also published on Travel Making Kai
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