Or should I say football.
The other night, when we went shopping at Spinneys and ate dinner at Ruby Tuesday, we couldn't help but hear cheering and grunting in the distance (and even at the table across from us).
Turns out, there was a big football match that night, Algeria versus Egypt (or more specifically, JS Kabylie versus Al Ahly Cairo). I won't even act like I know the magnitude of these two teams matching up, but it was quite the sight when we left Ruby and walked over to a massive crowd of Egyptians huddled round plasma screens.
While the energy was palpable, I was only able to grab this shot of this one girl looking extremely horrified. I guess Egyptian men handle their emotions differently than Egyptian women (if you know what I mean... and if you've never been to a Middle Eastern country, you don't). I only stood there for five minutes so I couldn't get a shot of an enormous uproar (like when Egypt scored their first goal) or a gigantic groan (like when Algeria scored their tying goal), but hey, this one will do for now.
And to explain further how deep the Egyptian/Algerian rivalry is, the next day at AUC orientation, we did something where this lady read a list of every country that was represented in the room and those students would stand. Naturally, Egypt was very well represented. And when Algeria's name came up... boos rang wild. haha.
Egypt was supposed to win the match, since Al-Ahly has won the most matches of any football team in Africa and was named as the "African Club of the Century" in 2000 by Confederation of African Football.
So the game ending in a draw didn't make anyone happy. Especially bloody Americans like me who love real football with hundreds of rules ;)