Woke up to no power, no hot water and a very cold, non-insulated room. Not happy. It wouldn’t bother me if we were paying typical ZA pricing but World Cup pricing is beyond a rip off and should at least guarantee some hot water in WINTER. When your room in a village in Ghana is nicer then the place you are paying high nightly rates for, that is a problem. The morning was only made worse by our cold eggs and beans for breakfast.
We had an hour or so to kill before the park and rides opened for the game, so we quickly packed up and headed off to the Rosebank Mall to walk around and warm up our chilled bodies. I took advantage of our sun drenched parking spot to paint a flag and USA on my face.
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Ellis Park – US – Slovenia
The temperatures have not improved this morning, and I deeply regret not taking Elna up on her offer of a space heater, especially after the hot water cuts out in the middle of my shower. I send Alisa (recipient of a nice long hot shower) to track down the heater, but no one is in the house, and Elna’s clinic is closed. We soon realize that it is Youth Day in South Africa, commemorating the Soweto Uprising, and as such it’s a national holiday. Having left all of our breakfast stuff in the house, and now being locked out, we’re forced to head out to find food. Since I am still on a quest for a South African track top we head to the Sandton City mall again, to see if the forecasts of more apparel coming in stock today are true.
Unable to find Wifi, face paint, or pick up our World Cup tickets in Hartsbeesport Alex and I quickly decided to change our plans and drive an hour north to Rustenburg.
Our FIFA information stated the Waterfall Mall had a ticket pick up station, so we headed directly there. Wondering through the mall we stopped at several stores including an Adidas to see if they had any Bafana Bafana jackets because Alex is getting nasty stares for wearing his Springbok fleece. No one had anything. The lady at the Adidas store said that they were expecting to get some either Monday or Tuesday, but it all depended on how the team did in the opening match today. It was disappointing to think they didn’t have enough faith in their team or in the spirit of the World Cup to think that even if Bafana Bafana lost people would still want SA apparel.