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WORLD CUP!

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World Cup Fever in South Africa

After our safari in Kruger Park, we headed to Durban for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup.

Durban is a coastal city – the city itself isn’t the impressive, but it has a gorgeous 6km long beach. Free FanFests were set up all along the sand with giant screens for people to watch the futbol games. (And the beer was only 2 USD – beats Giants Stadium anyday!)

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FanFests along the beach

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Since we hadn’t expected to be in South Africa at all, we didn’t have any tickets to the games – and had heard it was pretty impossible to find any last minute. Luckily, we happened upon a FIFA official ticket office, and scored two of eighteen (!!) tickets available for the Germany vs. Australia game, at face value!

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The beautiful newly constructed Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

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(Germany ended up beating Australia 4-0, and going on to the World Cup finals!)

After spending five days doing nothing but watching futbol matches on the beach (tough, I know…) we flew to Cairo to check out some 50 degree weather, and a pyramid or two.

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IMG_0393 (1) IMG_0406 (1)The waterfront

IMG_0420 (1) Nelson Mandela Plaza

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Table Mountain

IMG_0391 (1) Green Point Stadium, built for the World Cup

South African wine country, World Cup events and Safari coming in the next few days!

The Khalerias are in Bosnia! We made it out of Albania (barely) and are spending our last few days in Sarajevo and Budapest before Oktoberfest!!!

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Argentina vs. Canada friendly match – the last home game in Buenos Aires before the Argentinean team headed to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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Argentina beat Canada 5-0, even without Lionel Messi, their star player (and my new favorite soccer player. Not that I had an old favorite soccer player…)

Woot woot!

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The Khalerias have a serious case of World Cup Fever.

South Africa is such an electifying place to be during the cup, you kind of have no choice.
We’re adjusting our schedule to watch games.
We bought vuvuzelas (google that, I don’t know how to make a link on this computer).
We listen to the FIFA theme song about once an hour (Performed by Shakira. Google that too)
AND we scored tickets to watch Germany annihilate Australia last week. Awesome.

Other updates: we’re in Egypt. It’s bloody hot and the men are bloody aggresive. But the pyramids are bloody amazing.
T-two weeks until I have a computer back and I can post pretty pictures and you can stop reading my babbling. Thanks for sticking with me in the meantime…

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