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Day 11 - Game Day

Please no tie game this time

rain 60 °F

image011.jpgThe morning time was filled with normal preparations, up to the mall for more supplies and internet access as well as getting some sandwiches to get before the game. This is the only early game that we have. I was looking forward to getting pictures of the stadium during daylight, but unfortunately, it’s another rainy day instead.
We catch a cab about half way to the stadium. Due to our later start and the bad weather, the traffic was really bad. Even so, it was raining enough that our clothes got quite soaked on the walk there. We had two extra tickets to the game and the lack of haggling was funny. But surprisingly there were people looking for tickets to the game. We took British pounds from a man and his teenage boy; it is always good to find people that are really excited to get into the game.
We all decided that we did not want a tie this game after seeing three ties already, albeit good ones. The first half seemed back and forth a bit and we thought we might be seeing another one. But as soon as the second half started, it was overly with quickly – wow, it was really exciting.
Despite raining through most of the game, and threatening somewhat afterwards, we were completely dry on the walk back from the stadium. 64image017.jpgWe stopped for a meal at the African Café. This was our first “African” food. It seems that most of the authentic African food is cooked at home, so it is hard to find good African food restaurants. Recommended by the locals and our guide books, we found this place very good. We went before 6pm, so it was their lunch menu. The waitress brings around a cart of tapas like dishes, of which we decide to try most all of them. It was all either good to excellent. It was a very relaxing lunch and broke the walk home nicely in half.
On the way back to the cottage, we saw this headlines sign that Phil really liked. They post various headlines like this, I guess as an effort to sell their newspapers.

Back at the cottage, Tobias and Sina finished washing some clothes as we planned the next few remaining days for them (they leave on Friday). Tomorrow we hoped to go to the vineyards but found all the tour places booked up. With the help of the nearby hotel, we finally arranged for a private taxi for tomorrow. We watched the Spain vs. Honduras game from the cottage during some of the planning and had some light snacks as dinner. The dryer takes a very long time to work, so it was a nice quite time for us to all visit and plan things out.

Quip of the day: "Why not just go ahead and make it 7?" one of the stadium fans said just before Portugal scored their last goal.

Posted by wc2006 00:11 Archived in South Africa Tagged events

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