Making connections

Amol Gokhale
Sunday, 15 July 2018

I believe that this is the most difficult postcard to write because it will reach you on Monday, but as a matter of fact, I’m writing it on Saturday morning. I am yet to experience the eve of the World Cup final on Tverskaya Street, the most famous street in Moscow, on Saturday evening. But by the time you read the article, the party will still be going on in Russia to celebrate the victory of the winning team. 

So a little word about my experiences of the World Cup so far…

I believe that this is the most difficult postcard to write because it will reach you on Monday, but as a matter of fact, I’m writing it on Saturday morning. I am yet to experience the eve of the World Cup final on Tverskaya Street, the most famous street in Moscow, on Saturday evening. But by the time you read the article, the party will still be going on in Russia to celebrate the victory of the winning team. 

So a little word about my experiences of the World Cup so far…

I ticked a lot of firsts on this tour, such as: it’s my first time covering the FIFA World Cup, although I did cover the U-17 World Cup in India last year. I covered the European Championships in 2016 and that was a 25-day tour, but this 40-day trip was a different ball game.

Was it hectic? Yes, it was. Did I explore the cities as I would have liked to? No, I did not. But it did strengthen my belief in the idea of a ‘global citizen’. There can be language barriers, but being nice to each other can make things so much easier and help make those bonds and connections.  

I spent my entire Friday evening with three new friends I had made earlier. Yes, all three are girls, but love for photography brought us together. Those girls took me to a place called Moscow State University and one can observe one of the most breathtaking views of the city from there. Soon, the skyline will be illuminated with the fireworks ending the FIFA finals and celebrations on a high note. 

(The writer shares his travel and tour experiences, and also catches the fun and revelry during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.)

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