Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day 15 & 16: Apartheid Museum and Goodbyes

Yesterday Colin, Cammy, Ben, Bill, Mitch, and I headed out to the Apartheid Museum.  After a very scenic route, we finally made it there.  The first thing we saw was Mark Schwarzer, the goalie for Fulham FC and the Australian National Team.  Colin was about as giddy as a 12 year old school girl. 

The museum was very moving, and it was difficult just to see what went on here such a short time ago.  I was very happy that we went to Lillysleaf, District 6, and through Soweto first as it really enhanced our experience at the Apartheid Museum. Some of the most moving exhibits were the execution room which had nooses hanging from the ceiling for every political execution and the wall of Apartheid laws as well.  We left from there in order to make it back for the Brazil Portugal game, which amounted to nothing.

From there, Colin, Andy, Ron, and Bill headed out to the Spain v. Chile game which Colin can tell you about later.  Cammy, Ben, Allie, Mitch and I headed to our favorite restaurant Adega for one last meal.  Their chicken pasta is amazing.

We came back, met up with the rest of the crew, and then Cammy, Colin, Bill, Ron and I headed out to Colin's favorite spot Stones for one last celebration before Cammy and I have to leave today.

Today, we woke up, had another great breakfast prepared by Lu, and we headed to the mall for some last minute items.  Ben, Mitch and I ended up kicking the ball around and sharing old soccer stories from the glory days for a while.  Then everyone besides Mitch, Cammy, and myself left for Rustenburg for the big USA Ghana round of 16 game.

This trip has been absolutely amazing, and the biggest thanks has to go to Colin for planning the majority of it.  These have probably been some of the best weeks of my life, and I can't wait to come back to South Africa some day.  I'm going to have to start saving for Brazil 2014 tomorrow.  The people here at Lampstand Lodge have been great, and have really made this a memorable stay, so a thank you to Lu, Dave, Roger, Vaughn, Lance, Shadow, and Simba for everything the last two weeks.  Finally, gotta thank the whole crew for getting wild at all the games and knowing how to have a good time, so thank you to Cammy, Colin, Mitch, Pat, Preston, Andy, Ron, Wes, Ben, Bill, and Allie.  I love you guys, and I'll see you in Brazil!

The blog is all Colin's now.  Ryan signing off from JoBurg.


No comments:

Post a Comment