Sunday night was fantastic. Despite Italy not making it to the World Cup finals, the Perugian excitement for Netherlands vs. Spain was in full force.
Surprisingly though, the overall reaction to Spain winning didn’t seem to please most of my Italian friends. Something about having to “hear about it for the next 4 years.” Oh, boys.
But the celebration continued all night from real Spanish students who happen to make up a big portion of the student population in Perugia. Most of them are here through ERASMUS (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), a program within the European union that gives students the opportunity to study at least 3 months to 1 year of their career studies in another country… The possible catch? Some of these programs require that the coursework is in the language of the country you’re visiting! My upstairs neighbor for example, Antonio, had to learn his art history in Italian, a language he knew very little of before arriving to Perugia. I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to have to take one of my English literature courses in Italian!
Anyway, the point is that there are tons of Spanish students here. And they made their presence very known after Spain’s win on Sunday. Let’s just say there were many historic fountains invaded… (by overly enthused, quite likely inebriated, soccer fans).
Perhaps in an attempt to show off all the Italian they had been learning during their ERASMUS (or just to rub it in), they kept chanting:
“Siamo campioni del mondo! Siamo campioni del mondo! Siamo campioni del mondo!”