Stephen, Kate, Jim and Abi a family of four from Sydney Australia, stayed with us at Poetry Building in the month of September,2017 for ten days. I could write a book on all the fabulous things we shared during their visit, two City tours and a day at San Antonio de Areco, but the Sunday fútbol(soccer for some of the English speaking countries) tour is the one that remains in my mind and stands out the most.
Most off our guests opt to see River or Boca given that they are the most popular first division teams in Argentina. Being an Independiente fan, I was thrilled to find out Stephen and the family had picked this game to go to, I would be their guide.
For a few-hours they would experience argentine fútbol at the home of Independiente (also called “the red devils, because of the original team colors), still considered “El Rey de Copas (the king of cups, being that up until a few years ago they were the team with most international cups, and still are the winningest “Copa Libertadores” team with seven, one more than Boca Jrs).
I saw the excitement on all their faces (especially on Jim’s, there adolescent son and eventual independiente fan) the day before as we discussed our trip outside the city, only a 20-minute ride from Poetry Building to the neighboring city of Avellaneda (one of the only cities in the world to have two huge stadiums both with capacity of over 50,000 spectators only a few hundred meters apart).