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Robben Island and USA vs. England game

Day 11

The next morning Alan and Chad dropped off the girls at the Waterfront for their trip to Robben Island, and the boys went to the airport for their trip to the US-ENG game. Robben Island was an experience unlike any other. The tour guides were all previous prisoners which shared their own stories along the tour, absolute chilling at points.

robben_island

robben_island

exprisoner_guide

exprisoner_guide

Colleen&Jen with ex-prisoner

Colleen&Jen with ex-prisoner

mandelas_cell

mandelas_cell

The US-ENGLAND game was in Rustenburg, about 2.5 hours outside of Jo-burg (that’s what us South African’s call it). Alan booked a tent for the boys about 20 minutes from the stadium. It included a bus ride to the stadium which got us there 5 hours before kickoff (they were worried about traffic). To saw this stadium was in the middle of nowhere would be giving it to much credit. When we got off the bus, there was a shanty town house (literally a tin roof with cardboard siding). We grabbed our beers and had a "tailgate."

chad&alan_USA

chad&alan_USA

Everyone got along before the game.

chad&Brit

chad&Brit

USA_team_huddle

USA_team_huddle

USA_team

USA_team

USA1England1

USA1England1

Our seats were pretty good.

donovan

donovan

USA! USA! USA! USA!

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Cape Town

Day 10

We woke up and hiked to the top of Table Mountain. It was a perfectly clear day and the views were amazing.
cape town from cable mtn

cape town from cable mtn

Group_TableMt

Group_TableMt

Colleen&Alan_TableMt

Colleen&Alan_TableMt

ChadJen_TableMt

ChadJen_TableMt

While some of you were still asleep the rest of you got to enjoy a thrilling start to the FIFA World Cup 2010. The first World Cup to be hosted on the African continent. The host country, South Africa, as per tradition, played in the opening game against Mexico in a new stadium called Soccer City in Soweto outside Johannesburg. The opening ceremonies started 3 hours before kickoff! At 2 hours before the South African Air Force had a fly by. At that point we went down to the Fan Fest to watch the game, but it was already full! So we walked back a few blocks to a festive street and watched the game through a window in a bar. We nicknamed the street “Bourbon Street” since it had second story balconies and every other store seemed to be a bar or restaurant. Some described the scene as Mardi Gras, others said this was how Rio De Janeiro is every day, but somehow it was different. The focus was not drinking or even partying it was celebrating. As Colleen said it was pure joy everywhere, and this was still before a single minute of soccer was even played. Watching the game our allegience was torn between our newest closest friends (who we were standing shoulder to shoulder with), the South Africans, and our oldest best friends, and fellow CONCACAF members, the Mexicans. South Africans affectionally refers to their soccer team as Bafana Bafana, which loosely translates into “The Boys, The Boys.” When they scored first, the joyous, celebratory atmosphere transformed into something that words can’t describe. Picture are attached, video’s can be found, writers will write, but experiencing it was unreal. The Mexican’s hung tough and scored an equalizer (we were now in the minority with our celebrating) and the game ended 1-1. The party continued on into the night and even overshadowed the game that was being held in Cape Town – France vs. Uruguay.

chad and jen sa game

chad and jen sa game

SA game_street

SA game_street

Alan&Colleen_SA game

Alan&Colleen_SA game

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Drive from Wine Country to Cape Town

Day 9

We spent the day driving along the coast. It reminded us of the Pacific Coast Highway in California. We could not have asked for a more beautiful, clear day. Here’s a picture of our first look at the ocean.
Colleen&Jen_CapeCoast

Colleen&Jen_CapeCoast

We drove to Simon’s Town on False Bay to see the resident penguins. There are more than 30,000 penguins that live in this area.
penguins

penguins

Colleen&Alan_Penguins

Colleen&Alan_Penguins

Our next stop was Cape Point, a national park in South Africa. This is also one of the southernmost points of the continent.
Chad&Jen_coast

Chad&Jen_coast

We were warned numerous times to not feed the baboons. They are very aggressive. This picture is from our car…windows up!
Baboons_Cape Point

Baboons_Cape Point

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Franschhoek

Day 8

Today we took a relaxing hike along a lake in Franschhoek.
Franschoek_hike

Franschoek_hike

We then met up with Candice and Paul Heckel, Colleen’s friends from high school, for a private wine and cheese tasting at Fairview Winery. The resident goats greeted us as we walked in.
Fairview_goats

Fairview_goats

Fairview_winetasting

Fairview_winetasting


The tasting was fantastic, we bought 4 cases of wine! We wished we were able to also bring home the wonderful cheeses made at the winery.

For dinner, we had a 9 course dinner with wine pairings at The Tasting Room, in the French Quartier. This is one of the top restaurants in South Africa.
ChadJen_The Tasting Room

ChadJen_The Tasting Room

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Cape Town Wine Area: Franschhoek

Day 7

Today we woke to more rain but beautiful vineyards.
view out our room

view out our room

Our B&B, Auberge Clermont is a working farm and vineyard. The winery was founded in 1692 and the building was built in the mid - 1800's. We walked the grounds and enjoyed being amongst the mountains.
colleen and alan vineyards

colleen and alan vineyards

chad and jen vineyard

chad and jen vineyard

"Franschhoek" means "French Quarter" and the French influence is apparent everywhere. It is their winter so the wineries are very quiet - aka, lots of personal attention! At our first winery, Boekenhoutskloof, we met the winemaker that was mixing wines in the same room as the tasting. We bought bread, salami, olives, and cheese at the second winery, Moreson where we tasted Pinotage. Pinotage is a grape varietal indigenous to South Africa. It is a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Hermitage. We ate our picnic lunch at the last winery - Grande Provence. Since the weather was still a little rainy, we "picnicked" inside in the beautiful tasting room. Tonight we relaxed by the fire. Tomorrow we are going to do more wine tastings and hopefully a nice hike.

vineyards

vineyards

colleen and jen at winery

colleen and jen at winery

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