Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hello Africa, Tell Me How You Do it!

We arrived in Johannesburg about a week before the tournament was set to get underway.  This gave us some time to make some travel arrangements to some of the matches and generally get ourselves organized.  We have been extremely fortunate to have been looked after by the Raabs, Peter and Lucienne, during our stay in South Africa.  Peter and Lucienne are Courtney's brother Colin's good friend Ant's parents and they have been absolutely amazing.  They have really made us feel at home while we have been staying with them and our visit to South Africa might not have been possible without them and it certainly wouldn't have been as special.

During the first week we pretty much just laid low as we knew we would be doing a fair bit of traveling once the World Cup action got started.  We enjoyed some lovely meals with the Raabs and they also showed us around Sandton, a northern suburb of Johannesburg which is generally considered the city's commercial hub, and is the area where we have spent much of our time while staying with the Raabs.

The Apartheid Museum

The one excursion we did take was to visit the Apartheid Museum. Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum tells the story of apartheid in South Africa.  The museum is really well done and the exhibits are fascinating.  We spent almost 4 hours in there and easily could have stayed longer.  It's pretty shocking that apartheid in South Africa is such recent history.  The country has come a long way in such a short period of time but there's still a lot of work to do.  If you find yourself in Johannesburg, the Apartheid Museum is a must-see.

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