1st Week of Holidays Finished
Howsssit! (As the South African's say)
Cape Town is a great deal of fun. We played the tournament over the weekend and unfortunately lost all four games. The best performance was achieved when myself and a couple of other old boys sat out the whole game! There was some good Rugby played and it was a bit different to play in a tournamentwhere there were no Pacific Island teams, refreshing, and much better on the body. I am happy to say that other than a grazed knee the body held up well. Injury sufferred falling of the one tackle I attempted- luckily I knocked the ball loose in the process!
Inbetween the rugby we have found time to go out to Robben Island where Mandela was held as a political prisoner- along with many others. We also went up table mountain on the only day since we have been here that there was not total cloud cover on it. The view is amazing and the mountains aroud the city are stunning. It has been very hot and most of us are sun burnt as in the morning it is quite cool but then the clouds clear (from everywhere but the mountain) and it is really hot.
We got down to Camps Bay yesterday which is a very nice beach spot with Sunday afternoon bars for a drink. The sun was hot and the water was inviting but also very very very cold- feet in just to find out and that was it- maybe two people swimming and one was in a steamer!
We went to the new stadium which is across the road from the hotel and next to the ground we played at. It was the second time it had been used, the stormers played an invitational squad. The pitch was impressive and being so new it was an excellent spot to watch the rugby- very similar to Suncorp but at 75 000 capacity a little bigger. They did not open the top section so there were 'only' 40 000 packed in to the lower area.
Today we went to a private game park and saw the 'big 5'. It was good and 5 of the young boys got quad bikes instead of going on the back of the 4 wheel drives- surprisingly the guide encouraged them to do donuts and burn outs, which there is some very funny footage of, including one of them rolling one of the quads. I think they harrassed rather than apreciated the wildlife......
Tomorrow we are off around the coast again to go diving with White Pointers- I may end up a two finger typist through neccessity rather than inability after tomorrow. A little bit anxious about it but think it will be a great experience.
I assume blogging is meant to be much shorter... but this is my first time. Until the next update......