We began at a Cuatro Siglos, a cafe right on 9 de Julio -- the main square of Salta -- to watch the Argentina-Mexico match. After, people poured onto the street bearing celeste y blanco Argentina shirts, wigs, face paint and flags. Even the sky cooperated by displaying the national colors.
The light in the cafe made it difficult to see people's faces, just silhouettes jumping around and screaming. During the game, the streets are dead. Not a single person to be seen. After, everyone goes outside.
Turn left from Cuatro Siglos to see the street filled with people singing, dancing and blowing horns. On a normal day, you'd come to this block to visit the Museum de Arqueologia de Alta Montana and the Centro Cultural America.
Turn right to hundreds more people outside the Cabildo Historico del Norte. Take a closer look for wigs, hats and face painting galore. Everyone gets involved.
We're leaving Salta to drive to Buenos Aires next Thursday. I'm all nervous about tomorrow's game with Germany, but also have high hopes of driving through the country, watching games and celebrating with people from all over the country.
We leave the day after the final game.
Dale! Dale! Argentina!!!