Cold days in Moscow
By Edu Coimbra em 04/03/06
For someone born in the tropics to spend two days in the cold of Moscow under temperatures of twenty negative degrees is not easy. If the build-up of snow was turned into fuel, Russia would supply the rest of the world and become the most powerful country of the planet.
Everywhere, in streets, villages, castles, churches and roads, ice blocks gush into a show of greatness and beauty, giving a touch of mystery and magic. Instead of fear, the grace of white carpets embracing with care and tenderness rivers and lakes. To step over these soft carpets is something transcendental!
In one of these very cold days, amidst glasses of Brejnev, the vodka of the generals, we watched Russia 0-1 Brazil. Right at the stadium main gate, we were approached and guided by the local security formed by numerous policemen. The reason for such was that we had the hands in the pockets and our umbrellas were still open.
That was the explanation given by our tour guide known as Ivan The Terrible. Maybe it wasn’t a very creative nickname – creativity also wasn’t used by the players at the match, which did not ended tied because of the visitor team´s goalie and his fantastic saves. At least once, the Red Square wore yellow shirts. The Brazilian supremacy in football is unquestionable.
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