Shame on you, Betis!

As I mentioned many times before, I’m sevillista, a fan of Sevilla Football Club, and our biggest opponent is Real Betis Balompie. The teams are from the same city and Betis just came up to the first league after a year in second, so the derbies are back!

I went to one just before Christmas. I had a lot of fun walking with all the supporters to the other stadium and singing our song during the whole game, which unfortunately was really boring! We had just found out that we would play against each other in the Spanish cup too, so this was the first derby of three within a month. No goals, no attacks, a referee that blew the whistle for every tiny incident and killed the game. And well, I guess they were all nervous and didn’t want to make any stupid mistakes.

What’s worse is what happened after the game. For security reasons we had to stay in the stadium for another 45-60 min after the end of the game, which is understandable. What I don’t understand however, is how it can be allowed to play the hymn (of Betis) on broken speakers that were placed just behind us, on unacceptable high volume and they didn’t play it once or twice, but twenty-one times! I didn’t count, but apparently someone did and wrote it on Facebook the day after. It was absurd! We started making fun of it and every time the song came to an end, we all started shouting “otra, otra..” (more or less like saying one more time..) and we flashed our phones in the old lighter-style. The only thing that made it worth staying and listening to this awful hymn (I really hate it now!) was that our players came out and thanked us.

And that was the first out of three…

Yesterday the first round of the cup was played and we won! 0-2! I didn’t go but I went to a bar to see it with some friends. The game was better than last time, quicker, more aggressive, and of course, two goals! Betis had a penalty in the 81st minute, but Ruben Castro sent the ball up to the spectators behind the goal. Then they received a red card (after two yellow). I saw on TV how the Betis fans started to leave the arena, and I understand them…

And, after the game, another disaster! The Sevilla fans had to stay more or less 30 minutes in the stadium, once again because of security reasons, and what happened? Yes, of course! The hymn was played again! And were the speakers fixed? NO! Incredible.. In the video you can see how the fans are dancing and showing the light on their phones, and after one minute you’ll hear what it sounded like for them… But yesterday the players never came out to thank their fans. Why? Because someone had closed the gate to the field and they couldn’t go out there.

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After the first game the President of Sevilla FC only said that this isn’t anything that we will do at our stadium, because it’s just mean.

Shame on you, Betis!

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Big fail

Today it’s dia de Reyes in Spain, the day when the three wise men came to Jesus with gifts during the night, and the usual is that the kids wake up in the morning and have a pile of gifts under the Christmas tree.

As you might know, I’m not very religious and I do not follow the bible. And yea, last night they had big parades in every city of Spain with th wise men handing out candy and other things. Big plus this year was that the president of my football team had be chosen to be one of the kings, as they say here, and he gave out flags and scarfs of my football team. Unfortunately I didn’t go see it, but a friend did and now she has a flag for me 🙂 The rain was pouring down when they were to set out so they didn’t start until an hour later, which meant that I couldn’t leave with my car when I wanted to, I had to wait another hour… Then off to see my sister and her family!

We usually celebrate and exchange gifts Santa style, but this year we haven’t had time, slit had to be on Reyes. First mistake: every gift said that it was from my boyfriend and me. Good thing the kids don’t know how to read! Second mistake: gifts are supposed to be handed out in the morning, we did it around 7 last night. How did the wise men have time to pass by our house? But luckily, as a 2 and 4 year old, you don’t have that critical thinking, even though my nephew is a smart ass. After meeting Santa at my academy he said “well, I think he was wearing a costume”. And talking about being critical, I just watched a serie of videos on the news of people and their kids opening their gifts. Why is no one thinking: why do all the gifts come in big bags from El Corte Ingles? Did the wise men really have time to go THERE before seeing all the children? 

  

  

Whiplash?!

A few days ago I was in a minor car accident. We were on our way back into Seville when we stopped for a red light. One second after we got hit in the back. I was with my boyfriend, my sister and her two children, and luckily the kids were sleeping the whole time, they just opened their eyes the second we got hit, but then they got back to sleep. And how do I know that? I was probably looking at them in that exact moment, or my natural instinct was to see if they were okay just as we got hit.

My sister was the one driving, and we were both very surprised! She pulled over and the other car parked behind us. Our car was hardly not damaged, but the other…! His whole front was pushed in and I wonder if he could even open his hood… We filled out all the papers and took off.

While in the car I started to feel a bit stiff in my neck, but I thought it might have been for me having a look at the back all the time during the trip (it was a three hour trip). Today, three days later, I’m noticing more things that are different: I’m tired all the time, I have a headache every day and my vision isn’t very good. I get very tired from sitting in front of the TV or the computer for a long time.

So I looked it up, and it might just be that I got a whiplash… Let’s hope it’s light and will pass soon!

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