I’m guessing that many of you reading this watched the super bowl this year. However, I doubt that many of you stayed up until 1:30 a.m. for kickoff. On February 5, many of the current LCC study abroad students gathered to celebrate a truly American holiday: the superbowl; we were just a few hours early. Tensions were high as the room was filled with Patriot and New York fans alike, but our rivalry was offset by the delicious food provided by some of our more die-hard fans. We were even joined by several Eastern European friends throughout the night, some even staying until the end of the fourth quarter at 5:00.
What started out as an excuse to stay up late, eat food, watch commercials, and—for the select few— enjoy football, became a truly cultural experience. As the hours passed and our exhaustion increased, we enjoyed listening to our friends talk about the athletic traditions in their respective countries, and hearing jokes about the absurdity of American football (handegg, anyone?). When you live in an international community, almost any event can turn into a rich cultural experience. I am proud to say that I have never missed a super bowl, even while living in Lithuania. But super bowl forty five proved to be one of the most memorable. Just one more reason why I love Lithuania!