Football: Argentina vs Nigeria, Germany vs USA, Ecuador vs France.

Hemorrhage of matches. The World Cup is not just in your tv home, it’s in the radios in the busses and taxis, the lcd in the restaurant, the old black and white televisions (FIFA regulate the uniforms in such a way that a match can easily seen in black and white screens) A nice detail when you have to go out to the diary routine.

Argentina vs Nigeria:

It was clear that with Messi out of the field Argentina was more enduring the time till the end more than attacking. Nigeria is a good player in World Cups and against Argentina did a entertained match but, you know, Messi is a genius. Fortunately they also have to Romero. I see the other Argentinian players professionals but not exceptionals. Without Messi I felt that a more lethal Nigerian attack could be closer.

Germany vs USA:

Two German coaches preparing tactic schemes to defeat the opposite as chess players. I’m not fan of the USA football style, but I like that they play to win. Germany is IMHO a solid candidate to be finalist and USA was a strong wall. In this kind of match usually the inspiration opens the road to the goals. It had more pepper because at the same time Portugal and Ghana were playing their destiny or, in this case, doom.

Ecuador vs France:

One word: bored. Ecuador needed to win but there was a tactic mess and the players seemed not very into the game. France has a uninspired game and although they get the classification this is the kind of match that is rare to see in World Cups, except in the last finals that curiously the games have weird behaviours.

Football: Uruguay v. Italia, Japan v. Colombia, and Brazil v. Cameroon

Several duels my friends! Some victories and some disappointments.

Uruguay v. Italia:

Two historic teams fighting to survive. I said you it was to be hot but not even me could have anticipated a match with attempted cannibalism haha. Italia had a tactic rather defensive, before the match they said that they were playing against the hot climate so I guess they were anticipating a match not very favorable. Indeed the Italian team played as if they had fewer players (they lost to Marchisio but anyway they seemed to have lost more). Godín get the goal in the second time putting a nail in the Italian coffin. Uruguay 1 – Italia 0. Italia tried to get the goal but they didn’t.  Even Suárez almost got it taking advantage of the goalkeeper Buffon outside his arch. Uruguay is still alive to build panic in Brazilian hearts. In another side the bite of Suárez that he tried to hide as a crash could have consequences. I hope not because in this cup there have had other strong actions but at the heat of the match. I mean, more dangerous is a kick in the legs that gets a yellow card.

Japan v. Colombia:

Japan has a constellation of good players but they have a fundamental error: they don’t enjoy the football. They were so worried to win that they couldn’t make goals. They ran faster, they had the balloon more time, they fought till the end even letting their field just with the goalkeeper, they had opportunities but they didn’t get the score except one time. Colombia seemed to almost losing the game and the Japanese goals seemed closer. But once Colombia get the goal they started to enjoy the match and in the end they put four goals in the Japanese webs. I think Japan had conditions to win the match and score several goals but that mental condition of anxiety ended to make them lose the cup. At beginning of second time it didn’t seem fair the score but when I saw the Colombian team enjoying the football I knew that they deserved to win. Japan can, best luck to the next world-cup.

Brazil v. Cameroon:

Time ago Pelé predicted the rise of African teams as players of world-cup in next cups. And actually they are tough rivals to defeat, but they’re not ready to win, mention apart to Egypt that is strong in the African cups but don’t classify to world cups. But this match proved that they’re still playing as minor teams. Don’t get me wrong, their players are very skilled but they lack discipline and do dumb things as don’t control temperament. The dumbest of them was when a Cameroonian defender pushed to the grass to Neymar, when he was out of the field and the ball lost… But I know what that means: usually players do that stupid actions when they are tired of the match and want to quit letting alone to their national team. So they try to make dumb fouls. Brazil was better than Cameroon but not so much better if Cameroon would be more disciplined to get the victory. Physically they endure all the match but mentally they lost it. Brazil just take advantage of the deficiencies rivals.

It’s just coming to an exciting cup because now there are just the ones that want to win.

Cotahuasi: night and afternoon moments

nocturnal landscape

nocturnal landscape

 

Cotahuasi (pronounced more or less “ko-tah-wa-see”) is La Union Province’s Capital city in Arequipa region in the Perú southwest, the name probably means “Gathering of houses” in quechua, when Spanish came several names were modified, I m not sure if it could be the gathering of houses, not in a country with cities since at least five thousand years old, and I don’t think it refers to Houses as royal houses, if not the neighbourhood would be populated by Atreides, Harkonnens, Bourbons, Starks, Targaryens, etcetera, LOL. Actually there is no much wealthy for a lack of communication I think, the highway is tough and to come from Arequipa City takes several hours in a road without asphalt in great part of the route. But Cotahuasi wasn’t my goal, I’d to travel to Huaynacotas but if you want to go to any to the cities near the Cotahuasi Canyon the main or one entrances is across Cotahuasi City.

I was just a few moments before dawn and before the sunset to take cars, but I took anyway photographs. I don’t believe so much in the rules that say you that you cannot photograph in certain moments because one have to just search blue and golden hours. I’m not a photographer so I guess I can permit me some licenses ;-)

Greek Cotahuasi

Greek Cotahuasi

house in a corner

house in a corner

blue window blue door

blue window blue door

forgotten street

forgotten street

I had to wait a bus to Huaynacotas, my last photo was in broad dawn:

cross the door

cross the door

And that was the night kingdom upon Cotahuasi. I had to see a project in Huaynacotas, and after that present a report in Arequipa City, to do that I needed to go back to Cotahuasi City to take the bus. I was there in the afternoon. Bought a bus ticket and I had time to walk a bit before the bus were in the Terminal.

I don't like street photographers

I don’t like street photographers

little world

little world

lone horse

lone horse

Lone horse

king tree

king tree

give me your hand

give me your hand

my old corner

my old corner

tañe la campana en el solitario solar

tañe la campana en el solitario solar

big landscape

big landscape

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Yellow Rocket to the Moon

car collector

car collector

bell

bell

In Cotahuasi Canyon all roads lead to Cotahuasi City.