Give me freedom, give me fire,
give me reason, take me higher,
See the champions
take the field now,
you define us, make us feel proud
in the streets our heads are lifting,
as we lose our, inhibition,
Celebration, it's around us,
every nations, all around us!
We had a lovely lunch with friends today, who live on the Eastrand. On our way home, I wondered why P took the South bound highway past Alberton, but once we reached the Nasrec turn off I knew where he was taking us. We went past the Soccer City stadium. I had heard that no photograph does it justice ... well seeing it in real life, I understood why! It is an amazing building. With the sun setting behind the building, it was just beautiful.
He then took us into Soweto - one of the largest "Townships" in the country. We were welcomed into a tiny "shebeen" in Mookie Road. The publican there was a man called Ace, and the shebeen was right opposite the Orlando Stadium. Ace welcomed us with open arms. He was so happy to have a white family visit his establishment, and we have made a decision to visit him again ... soon! We watched the Serbia/Ghana game at the shebeen and enjoyed discussing the football with Ace and his wife.
As I write my blog tonight, Germany are 4 - 0 up in their game against Australia and I realise that this is a time of uniting - I really don't care who wins the world cup (although I would be THRILLED if it were SA!) - this is a time where 32 countries in the world are united in a game that they love! I am so thankful that my country got the opportunity to host this wonderful event! As one of the commentators tonight said "SA have welcomed the world joyously!"
That makes me proud!