After an exhausting 13 hour plane ride from JFK airport to Dubai, a two hour layover, and an eight hour connecting flight to Johannesburg we finally arrived in South Africa host of the 2010 Fifa World Cup-on June 9!
All eleven students-Michael Jones, Dave Fitzpatrick, Dan Gould, Ally Ostler, Spencer Severs, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Kevin Shaker, Sean Healy, Tim Conrod, Nick Starr, Professor Hamakawa, and Dr. Covell are all present and accounted for. The mascot the golden bear himself also made it safely.
We are staying at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, the country's capital, which is about 40 minutes out of Johannesburg. From first impressions in South Africa it is quite chilly. A sweatshirt and pants is a must throughout the day.
South Africa is alive with World Cup Spirit. The airport is fully decorated with World Cup Banners on the walls, buidlings, floors, and even coke machines. The South African people are no doubt ready to host the 2010 World Cup for the fist time on African Soil.
Sorry about posting late but internet access is limited. Tomorrow we travel into Johannesburg.