Well I thought I may not be able to watch England's first game tonight. We no longer have a television. I watch a UK TV website on subscription but even though I was reconnected to the internet on Thursday...albeit with the radio signal off, and with a usb cable joining the laptop to the modem, I haven't been able to get connected to the site.
I decided to get the bus over to Mr Ayak's hotel to watch it on a large TV which Mr A's cousin has installed in his bar in the hotel opposite, for the English tourists staying there. I was getting ready to catch the last village bus at 6.00pm when we had another storm. More thunder and lightening and a heavy downpour. Apart from the fact that I didn't relish the idea of getting drenched, Mr A would have had to bring me home on the back of the motorbike after the match...and it's a journey of an hour. Sensibly I decided against it.
I resigned myself to the fact that whilst everyone else would be watching the match, I would most likely just be gazing out of my window at the storm.
I decided to give the website one more go...about an hour ago...and woohoo...I have a picture...and sound. Just in time for the game! OK it's a bit jittery and freezes from time to time (hopefully it won't when England score!) but it's better than nothing.
So are there any other football fans out there? Are you watching the World Cup? Do you just watch your own team out of a sense of patriotism? Or do you get drawn into the whole event? Do you watch football regularly, and if so which team do you support?
Me? I've been a lifelong supporter of West Ham. Although since I've lived here I have to own up to having lost track of how they are doing these days. I love the World Cup and the European Championships, and even though I start out just intending to watch and support England, I find myself getting absorbed by the whole thing, and end up watching lots of other matches too. I also support Turkey when they play international matches, but unfortunately they didn't qualify this time. Mr Ayak supports Fenerbahçe, and he, like most Turks are absolutely passionate about football. There's nothing quite like the atmosphere after Turkey have won a match, when everyone takes to the streets in their cars, waving flags and sounding horns.
Well it's almost time for kick-off...so I'm off now to watch.