Peru #10 Sent Mark to Soccer ⚽️ game
An opportunity came up for Mark to see a game. There was only one seat available.
Mark had to get himself to the town square, meet up with “Carlos”. Carlos was a arranger and had a group of 10.
A family of 5 from New York, a lawyer and his daughter from Edmonton, a single woman from New Jersey, Mark, \240Carlos and the driver.
They piled into a Volkswagen van and headed, at blistering pace, over an hour away to the stadium.
Marks passport was needed to secure a ticket. The name on the ticket has to match the name and number on his passport. \240 Mark had to leave his belt behind.
There were 3 checkpoints to get into stadium. \240First two were checking tickets and passports and the last was the police line with the body search (😳) Mark said it wasn’t bad. 🤣.
He was told to lose the hat 🧢 but it was a Whitefish Bulldog hat! \240He backed up in line, hid the hat under his shirt and took a different line!! Hat saved!! ✅
The game was between two premier league teams in Peru. \240The Universitario from Lima against the Ayacucho FC at the Momumemtal Stadium.
The stadium seats 88,000 but only about 25,000 were at the game. \240Mark said the stadium was built decades ago and seats hadn’t been cleaned ever.
The atmosphere was electric. Many fans stood the whole time and cheered for 2 solid hours. \240Mark noticed the a scoreboard didnt keep time. \240 No one but the ref knew the time. \240That was likely done for fan control.
Good game. \240Home team University wome 2-1. \240 Happy fans.
Then Mark squished back into the van, drove lightening fast back to city and then had to get his own Uber back to hotel. \240The last video is his return home!
Awesome night. \240He never feared for his life more than 10 times during the drive 😳🏎🏎🏎🏎🏎🏎
Marks pics below. \240Note there is none of him - he forgot to take a selfie!!