So today at 7:15 pm I am getting a plane for South Africa! I've always wanted to go to Africa, I've always wanted to go on a Safari, and ever since the US hosted the World Cup in 1994, I've always wanted to go to a World Cup. So I get to accomplish all three at once. I'll be meeting up with my good buddy Tyson, who is traveling from Brasilia via the US; over the course of a week, we will be attending four World Cup games and visiting Krueger National Park. To say that I am excited would be an understatement.
The only (minor) negative (besides leaving Lorena and Biggie Smalls aka King Baby behind) is that I will probably only get to see the 2nd half of the US-Ghana game tonight (my flight lands in Frankfurt at half time, and then takes off about 10 mins after the game should end). If the game goes to extra time, I may have to find a way to make my flight leave late - I don't know if I will be able to wait for the 10 hour flight from Frankfurt to Johannesburg to find out if the US will advance or not. Normally I would have been happy for the US to simply make it out of the group stage, but...if the US wins, we will have tickets to see them play next week! Here are the games we will be attending:
Argentina - Mexico
Brazil - Chile
Paraguay - Japan
and the winner of US/Ghana v. Uruguay/South Korea
I mean, this trip will be cool, but if we somehow get to see the US play in the Quarterfinal - well, here's hoping they beat Ghana today (and that they beat them before I get on my flight!).
So look for us in the crowd. If we are lucky and get to see the US play, I will be wearing my US jersey, but I will not have my face painted. There are some lines that adults shouldn't cross, and painting your face is one of them.