Though I could go on and on about Cape Town, but one of the more memorable experiences was attending my first international soccer match between Bafana Bafana (South Africa) vs. Norway.
Tuesday morning, Nate informed the class that tickets to the soccer game were sold out. Much to our dismay, we decided to head to Clairmont, a neighborhood 15 minutes away from our home to grab lunch. As we sat down to eat, the topic of discussion was about how cool it would have been to go catch such a great sporting event.
As we finished the meal, we received a wonderful call from Charles, our coordinator, informing us that he managed to get tickets for the entire class to attend the game! Now all we had to was track down Bafana colors!
After arriving in downtown, we had a 15 minute walk to Cape Town Stadium through the heart of the city. The city was alive with the sound of drumming, cheering, and Vuvuzelas! With all the commotion and noise, I decided to purchase a Vuvuzela for 30 rand (about $3.75 US). BEST PURCHASE EVER!!!
We arrived at the game and the experience was absolutely unforgettable. Seeing the people decked out in Bafana green and yellow and sing the South African national anthem truly showed a sense of unity and passion for this beautiful country. Sharing in chants and doing the wave with 50,000+ people truly highlighted the power of athletics in bringing people together, 20 years after such a traumatic Apartheid movement.
Overall, the group had a wonderful experience at the game and was able to feel a sense of belonging and pride for the beautiful country of South Africa.