I am headed across the continents, but not -- sadly -- to
fabulous Brazil and the World Cup. Instead, I am headed to my usual
locations in East Africa.
Nonetheless, I had the chance to watch my favored Dutchmen exact
some revenge for the tragic loss in the last World Cup, defeating
Spain by a dramatic 5 to 1. I was the only person at the hospital
yesterday dressed to represent Oranje.
After watching most of the game surrounded by men rooting for
Spain, I was delighted to be joined by another Dutch Rachel,
proudly sporting her oranje as well. A happy day for the
In coordination with the World Cup, UNAIDS (the United Nations
organization devoted to AIDS) released a campaign devoted to
"Protect the Goal" and raise awareness about HIV. I loved it
that the official van Persie Twitter channel (@Persie_Official) was
tweeting about the UNAIDS campaign in the midst of van Persie's
amazing performance yesterday.
UNAIDS has a series of
videos with players encouraging people to get tested for HIV and to
use condoms. Great! So, in the midst of the excitement of the
World Cup, I will be working on this team: