Algerian's Sure Like To Party
My final night of a recent stay in Paris, as part of my wedding anniversary and my wife's birthday, coincided with Algeria playing Russia.
Paris seems to have a very high French-African influence to it with Algerian's very high in numbers. A restaurant we went to in the Latin Quarter was run by an Algerian father and son, football can ALWAYS be an ice-breaker and universal way of communicating. I soon grasped the son was Algerian when he constantly carried around a mobile with football being shown on it, a kind of sky go thing really.
Completely off the topic of football I know, but if you ever go to Paris go to the Latin Quarter and eat in one of those restaurants - not as 'high class' as some, but that is not my cup of tea anyway, but the service, atmosphere and hard work they put in for you is amazing, they sure earn their money!
Also 'off topic' if you will the poverty levels in Paris were unreal... This does become a more relevant football topic mind...
We stayed a short walking distance, and one metro stop from the Gare Du Nord, with our area not exactly the Ritz either but the hotel was great and perfect for our needs. The Algerian presence in the La Chappelle/Marx Dormoy metro areas was very high and they definitely made themselves known the night they drew with Russia to get into the 2nd round.
It made for a great atmosphere, the celebrations were wild though - you would have thought they won the world cup.
God help Paris if they do!
Car horns seemed to beep all night, firecrackers and flares were going all night, cars flying around with flags following behind and these flares being waved around as they did.
Like I say the poverty levels were high but football once again showed what an influence it can have around the globe, how it can unit people and how it can, all be it for a short time perhaps, make life feel 'better'.
I think I have now adopted Algeria as my team to root for as the world cup unfolds, well them an Costa Rica...
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