Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Posts tagged "Sport"
Cholitas Wrestling - A Bolivian Odyssey

Cholitas Wrestling – A Bolivian Odyssey

Not that I readily admit it, but all my life I've been a bit of a grappling fan. Just old enough to catch the end of the golden age of British Wrestling - fat men in pants like Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks slugging it out pantomime style in front of large Saturday afternoon audiences...
A regular game of football in Sucre

A regular game of football in Sucre

Having dusted off my boots in Buenos Aires I'd been bitten by the bug again and have been really missing playing football - so knowing I'd be stopped in Sucre for a while I was keen to find a way of playing a bit. Fortuitously, a couple of days in I was drinking with some...
Final game of the Bolivia season - here come The Strongest...

Final game of the Bolivia season – here come The Strongest…

Arriving at Estadio Olímpico Patria for the final game of the season, there was a whole extra level of excitement and atmosphere. The Strongest were in town, and as one of Bolivia’s really big (well relatively) and successful sides, they attract a lot of glory hunters I think. They were also in with a chance...
Football: Universitario hammer La Paz 5-1!

Football: Universitario hammer La Paz 5-1!

My second trip to Estadio Olímpico Patria, this time to see Universitario take on already relegated and bottom of the table La Paz. On paper this looked a much easier game than the previous match against last season’s champions. I’d also managed to get a bit of a gringo group together – a firm if...
Universitario beat Oriente Petrolero to ease relegation fears

Universitario beat Oriente Petrolero to ease relegation fears

Having seen live football in Brazil and Argentina, I was keen to see what the game was like in Bolivia. I looked into it and it turned out my apartment was just 3 blocks from the home of Sucre’s top flight team – Universitario – so getting along to a game or two was going...
Amateur football and asados; the refs are tough, the meat is not...

Amateur football and asados; the refs are tough, the meat is not…

My suggestion of meeting up for a beer turned into an invite to Mati's friend’s birthday party on Friday night followed by seeing his football team’s game on Saturday morning – with the possibility even of a 20 minute cameo appearance from yours truly! One of my little ambitions on coming to South America was...
Corinthians destroy Gremio Prudente 4-0

Corinthians destroy Gremio Prudente 4-0

Having seen two Argentinian games live, I was really keen to see a Brazilian match now I was back. The football season was in full swing and Sao Paulo is home to 4 of the countries biggest sides. My hostel was in Vila Madelena, so my local team was the famous Corinthians and they were...
Boca Juniors (my new Argentine team) get hammered!

Boca Juniors (my new Argentine team) get hammered!

Being a huge football fan, South America offers lots of exciting opportunities to engage with the beautiful game - none more so than the chance to see one of the continents great clubs, Boca Juniors, playing in La Bonbonera!