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Granite Staters Follow Home Country Teams Closely This World Cup

Daniela Allee

As Granite Staters watch this year's World Cup tournament, many from abroad are following their home teams closely. NHPR's Daniela Allee went to a Colombian bakery in Nashua Tuesday to talk with Colombians as their team took on England.

Vanessa Guerra said she woke up on Tuesday at 5 a.m. already thinking about the match.

She usually watches Colombia's World Cup games at home with her mom. When she's not there, she heads to Latin Bakery and Multiservice on Lowell Street.  

Guerra watched most of the game with her hand cupped over her mouth, occasionally sipping on soda or munching on chips. 

I asked her what she was feeling.

"Nervios,” she said. Nerves.

Guerra's been in the US for six years. She remembers the 2014 World Cup, her first away from watching with the rest of Colombia.

"We cried the first time we heard the anthem [that world cup],” Guerra said.

She doesn't cry now, but says being so far away makes her appreciate where she's from even more.

Daniela is an editor in NHPR's newsroom. She also leads NHPR's Spanish language news initiative, ¿Qué Hay de Nuevo, New Hampshire? You can email her at dallee@nhpr.org.

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