Much to my amazement, arrived without a hitch and exchanged my virtual tickets for real ones. Really nice to see Lesley and Tom after a month - both had loads of war stories.
Have now been in the Cape for nearly a week and the overiding impression is how much SA clearly wants this World Cup to be a success. It is impossible to go more than a hundred yards without seeing a policeman or having someone with an orange tie pop up and ask whether you need help with finding the stadium, the bus stop, the pub etc.
Went to the Portugal - Korea game. Haven't seen the English papers but I'm sure this is being referred to as the Ronaldo game. The stadium was absolutely stunning - good views from everywhere, wide aisles, plenty of leg room and not a hint of any trouble/aggression.
Had a good day rock-climbing with Tom on the Lions Peak - a rock spire on the side of Table Mountain - Did a long mountaineering route in damp conditions with it threatening to rain all day - all good character building stuff and could have been back in the Lakes had it not been for the fact we had to watch out for unique South African hazards such as blister bushes and puff adders.
This afternoon South Africa play their last qualifying game - off to watch it in the open air on a big screen. We expect lots of tears and shouting and if they win, and actually go through, you will probably hear the cheering in Buxton.
Untill the next time.