Day 5-12 Mtunzini, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
For the most part, my flight was better than I could have expected. Though after passing business class to find my economy seat, I was asking myself why I didn't pay the extra $3,000 to sit in business class as I tour around the world?? These seats in business class were the ones where you basically have your own bed! *sad face* I did manage to sleep the first 8 hours or so straight and then spent the remaining 4 or so trying to watch movies.
The 7 years that went by, I like to think that I accomplished a lot and transformed our little best kept secret into a household name, and by the time I left, was even able to make a national debut. It was definitely rewarding but the toll that it took on my personal life and my life in general was tremendous. Although I wouldn't change any of it, this trip to South Africa really symbolizes a lot for me. Now I'm getting emotional again...To finally be here and knowing that it took 7 years to happen, I was not only grateful for finally making it out here but I was now a different person here to see Africa. I like to think everything happens for a reason. I am still not sure what the reason was for not being able to come until now but I am grateful.
I was here to attend the first FIFA World Cup to be held on the African continent! Many have asked if I'm that much of a soccer fan to come all this way. Yes, I played AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) a couple of years and really enjoyed the sport but was never as good as any of my friends. But I enjoyed it and it is probably the only sport (maybe besides track and field) that I can watch, understand and appreciate. I also volunteered at the Japan/Korea World Cup when I lived in Japan in 2002. I remember having a ton of fun and just enjoying the excitement and the feeling of unity among the people. Also, since I never made it here in 2003, I planned my trip around the World Cup because I figured there would be increased security and with all the other travelers who would make it out here to support the game, it would be much easier to befriend other travelers.