NIALL’S BRAZILIAN ODYSSEY

Niall on Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro.

Niall on Ipanema beach, Rio de Janeiro.

WATERFORD native Niall Doherty told The Munster Express about his Brazilian adventures during the recent World Cup.

Niall quit his job as a web designer in New Orleans in 2010 and embarked on a journey around the world.

His book ‘The Cargo Ship Diaries’ tells of the highs and lows and the lessons learned on his trip around the world without flying.

“Belo Horizonte was fairly mad for the World Cup. I tried to go to one match, hoping to score a ticket for Colombia/Algeria outside the stadium, but no joy. I watched every Brazil game at either a bar or a house party. I watched the Brazil/Chile penalty shootout at a bar surrounded by Brazilians. One old lady was in tears when they won,” he said.

Niall pictured with some Colombian fans.

Niall pictured with some Colombian fans.

“I have to say though, the Brazilians took their hammering by Germans pretty well. That match was played here in Belo Horizonte and I saw plenty of Germans out and about that night, and there didn’t seem to be any animosity towards them. There were lots of hugs and smiles and well wishes. And the German lads seemed to be doing better with the Brazilian ladies than anyone that night!”

Niall met with a number of Irish during his stay in Brazil, including some from Dublin and Northern Ireland.

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