Sunday, March 14, 2010


We found this out quite a while ago but realize we never updated about it. On top of the 3 USA group games, our group was able to pick up tickets for the following games:

Netherlands vs. Denmark
Ivory Coast vs. Brazil
Spain vs. Honduras
Spain vs. Chile
Pretoria Round of 16

In Spain, England, Brazil, and the Netherlands, we will be seeing 4 of the top 10 teams in the world. Needless to say, very exciting. The Ivory Coast vs. Brazil game is probably the game of the tournament.

In some other good news, Dempsey returned to start for Fulham this weekend so it looks like he will be in great form by the time the World Cup rolls around.

However, on a sadder note, David Beckham tore his achilles this past weekend, which will cause him to miss the World Cup. I was hoping to see him suit up against the US because it wouldn't be England without him.

That's all for now.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lodging U-Turn!

Well we thought we were all set with lodging at a bed and breakfast in Kempton Park, close to the airport, free breakfast every morning, only about $26/night per person - and then we had the rug pulled out from under us with an email from the B&B manager stating that they would be closing their doors, and our reservations were no good!

Bill, Ryan, and I scoured the internet over the next 7 or 8 days to try and find comparable accomodation for our group of 12 Yanks. What we found was that every mom and pop in South Africa is trying to make a quick buck off fans of the Beautiful Game. Just about every hotel, hostel, guest lodge, and straw hut were charging 4-5 times the normal rate. And there were plenty of places available!

Luckily though, I was able to get a response from a realtor in the Johannesburg area that showed me a couple of properties. Eventually the group decided on one - a six bedroom house in a gated community, with full kitchen, back yard, pool, and parking for three cars. At a price of about $60/night per person, it is more than we had hoped to pay, but it was one of the better deals around.

So a big THANK YOU goes out to Nicki at !

- Colin