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Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
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Trip End Aug 27, 2010


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Our last British Airways flight from Canada to the UK was a rather bitter experience and we weren't expecting much improvement for our Durban to Cape Town flight given the problems BA have had lately. However, all was pretty good until we approached Cape Town when the pilot announced that the reason the first landing had to be aborted was that the flaps would not come down properly and so they were going to make a second attempt at a higher speed! It made for a "white-knuckled" approach, but all seemed to go well and the landing was one of the smoother ones we’ve experienced of late!

Once enroute to our apartment, Derek got chatting with the driver and once again was able to coerce him into offering to take us via the FIFA ticket office, however once we got near to the office, we could see people lining up out the door and around the corner of the building. Still no tickets for the England game and with kick-off just hours away at the stadium up the road it wasn’t looking good :-(

In Cape Town we’ve rented a one-bedroom apartment for our stay; the location is perfect (close to the stadium and shops, restaurants, etc) and having a kitchen works well for us. Plus, it was cheap compared to the hotels! The apartment itself is very clean and modern, but doesn’t appear to have any heating – that’s fine for most of the year, but it’s the middle of South Africa’s winter and gets pretty darned cold here at night (yes, ironic for Canadians, but hopefully we’ll have a month or two at home to acclimatize before the snow and mercury fall).

After many attempts to purchase tickets online, Derek finally got a breakthrough just a couple of hours before the game and managed to get four tickets close together for the England/Algeria game! Dressed up in Red and White and faces painted we headed for the ticket office to collect the tickets. Though even this simple exercise wasn’t without drama; we feared that the office would close at 6pm and leaving the apartment at 5:15 was a little tight since it was a 45 minute walk. However, when Sarah offered to run back to look for a flag that Lauren had dropped it got a little nervy (not unlike England, but I’m getting ahead of myself) … she eventually managed to catch them up just a short way before the ticket office at 5:55, just in time. Unlike Sarah’s attempt to find Lauren’s flag, Derek was successful in getting the tickets and so we joined the crowds heading to the stadium.

England fans were everywhere and greatly outnumbered the Algerian fans so there was a real party atmosphere as the England fans were clearly expecting victory, taking them to the top of their group following the USA’s failure to beat Slovenia earlier in the day. Once inside the stadium we found our seats and were slightly concerned to be right on the edge of the main group of Algerian fans. Those concerns were totally unfounded and the Algerian fans were very jovial and there was plenty of friendly banter between to be had. The stadium was heavily bedecked with England flags and we were all very excited to actually see England play. It was the first time for the kids and only the second time for Derek and Sarah. Unfortunately, the England team failed to perform and the game finished in a dismal goalless draw. Quite simply, they were downright Bad. There is no video in this blog because there's nothing interesting to show you. By about the sixtieth minute the English fans had, for the most part, become frustrated and quiet having been given very little to cheer about. However one hearty little fan refused to give up on them and blew his vuvuzela and cheered from well before the kick-off until the final whistle whereupon he began to cry :-( “Rooney didn’t score, he hardly touched the ball, and I might never get to see him play ever again”. Poor Alex’s mood wasn’t enhanced when his number one hero blasted the fans for their lack of support. Still, presumably all was forgiven by the following morning as Alex insisted on wearing his “Rooney” shirt again…. After all the effort to get here and get tickets for the game (not to mention the cost) it was most disappointing to see such a pathetic performance…we can only hope they improve for the next game and progress at least as far as the round of sixteen to save a little face.


We have five more days in Cape Town and one more game….here’s hoping we get to experience a little more of this beautiful city than we did of Jo’burg and Durban and that the Portugal Vs North Korea game yields a few goals…
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Shirley on

Go England!!!! WEDNESDAy!!!!!!

Mike T on

Well, now that it has happened we know that you enjoyed many goals for the Portugal vs. North Korea game.

Joe on

Forget England...Go Portugal Go....

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