June – July 2010

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World Cup Fever!

What an “event”-ful year — first there was the Olympics, and now the once-every-10-years Passion Play in Oberammergau, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa!

My first stop was Munich, and from there drove to the Bavarian Alps to see the famous “Passionspiele” in Oberammergau and the fabled Neuschwanstein Castle.  Then it was back on the road for a 3-day autobahn trip through some “off-the-beaten-track” cities of Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Then it was off to the main event:  four unforgettable matches over the course of a week, each in a different city in South Africa, peppered with mini-trips to four other countries — Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia — and even squeezed in a safari at Kruger National Park!

Nothing can explain the feeling of being at the World Cup in person… just make sure to bring some earplugs!  Ke Nako!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Munich, GermanyJune 18, 2010June 19, 2010
    2Ettal, GermanyJune 19, 2010June 19, 2010
    3Linderhof, GermanyJune 19, 2010June 19, 2010
    4Oberammergau, GermanyJune 19, 2010June 19, 2010
    5Munich, GermanyJune 19, 2010June 20, 2010
    6Wies, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    7Schwangau, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    8Neuschwanstein, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    9Hohenschwangau, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    10Füssen, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    11Augsburg, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 20, 2010
    12Stuttgart, GermanyJune 20, 2010June 21, 2010
    13Karlsruhe, GermanyJune 21, 2010June 21, 2010
    14Strasbourg, FranceJune 21, 2010June 21, 2010
    15Nancy, FranceJune 21, 2010June 22, 2010
    16Metz, FranceJune 22, 2010June 22, 2010
    17Luxemburg City, LuxembourgJune 22, 2010June 23, 2010
    18Namur, BelgiumJune 23, 2010June 23, 2010
    19Antwerp, BelgiumJune 23, 2010June 23, 2010
    20Rotterdam, The NetherlandsJune 23, 2010June 23, 2010
    21Amsterdam, The NetherlandsJune 23, 2010June 23, 2010
    22Frankfurt, GermanyJune 23, 2010June 23, 2010
    23Addis Ababa, EthiopiaJune 24, 2010June 24, 2010
    24Johannesburg, South AfricaJune 24, 2010June 24, 2010
    25Pretoria, South AfricaJune 24, 2010June 26, 2010
    26Johannesburg, South AfricaJune 26, 2010June 26, 2010
    27Port Elizabeth, South AfricaJune 26, 2010June 27, 2010
    28Durban, South AfricaJune 27, 2010June 27, 2010
    29Pietermaritzburg, South AfricaJune 27, 2010June 27, 2010
    30Howick, South AfricaJune 27, 2010June 27, 2010
    31Underberg, South AfricaJune 27, 2010June 27, 2010
    32Sani Pass, LesothoJune 27, 2010June 28, 2010
    33Durban, South AfricaJune 28, 2010June 29, 2010
    34Nelspruit, South AfricaJune 29, 2010June 29, 2010
    35Kruger Park, South AfricaJune 29, 2010June 29, 2010
    36Hazyview, South AfricaJune 29, 2010June 30, 2010
    37Nelspruit, South AfricaJune 30, 2010June 30, 2010
    38Mbabane, SwazilandJune 30, 2010June 30, 2010
    39Ezulwini, SwazilandJune 30, 2010July 1, 2010
    40Lobamba, SwazilandJuly 1, 2010July 1, 2010
    41Malkerns, SwazilandJuly 1, 2010July 1, 2010
    42Manzini, SwazilandJuly 1, 2010July 1, 2010
    43Mbabane, SwazilandJuly 1, 2010July 1, 2010
    44Maputo, MozambiqueJuly 1, 2010July 3, 2010
    45Johannesburg, South AfricaJuly 3, 2010July 3, 2010
    46Brakpan, South AfricaJuly 3, 2010July 3, 2010
    47Boksburg, South AfricaJuly 3, 2010July 4, 2010
    48Johannesburg, South AfricaJuly 4, 2010July 4, 2010
    49Windhoek, NamibiaJuly 4, 2010July 5, 2010
    50Frankfurt, GermanyJuly 5, 2010July 5, 2010
    51Calgary, CanadaJuly 5, 2010July 5, 2010

    Featured Image

    Spain v. Paraguay, Jo'burg, South Africa

    The World Cup was an incredible experience filled with face paint, vuvuzelas, beer, and football. At this Spain v. Paraguay quarter-final match in Johannesburg’s historic Ellis Park Stadium, I didn’t realize that I would be blowing my vuvuzela loud and proud for the eventual winner of the whole tournament! Viva España!

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