I can’t say, but I do have a good sense of who Atlanta’s team is.
My wife wore her Holland shirt around town today and was stopped over and over by people who told her that they hope this year is the Netherlands’ year.
Soccer is a beautiful game, but it can also be a cruel one, and who knows how the World Cup will turn out? Maybe today was as good as it gets for a fan of the Netherlands. Maybe, just maybe, another couple of glorious days are to come. Again, I only say maybe.
But maybe there’s another lesson to draw from this experience. The city of Atlanta currently has 18 Sister Cities around the world. The list, as unlikely as it might seem, goes like this:
Ancient Olympia, Greece
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Salcedo, Dominican Republic
Tblisi, Republic of Georgia
Atlanta’s relationship with some of these cities is much deeper than with others. And, since the ties are largely reinforced by citizen volunteers, they wax and wane over the years, depending on the energy of the people involved.
But the lack of a Sister City in the Netherlands is clearly an omission. The time is right to develop that relationship. And I for one would be happy to join in and develop it.
Let’s go, Orange. Let’s go, Dutch. And let’s go, Atlanta, and develop a new and meaningful relationship with a wonderful country and people.