"Woody", Barb and Steve from South Africa
This is a blog site for Woody and Barb on their World Cup trip
Mary's oldest son, Forrest "Woody" Lange, his wife, Barb and their son, Steve, are at the World Cup in South Africa. Woody called and asked how he could get things posted to the Baudo Family Web Site. I told him it was as easy as sending me an email. I'll continue to update this page as I get the emails.
June 11, 2010
We are here! Barb& Woody left for the World Cup in South Africa on Monday. We did an overnight in New York. Left New York Tuesday for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where we did an overnight. Left Jeddah at 5:00 am Thursday morning for the final leg to Johannesburg and the Cup, arriving Thursday morning. Whew! More to come as we experience the country. Barb & Woody
June 12, 2010
Today, Saturday, we are making arrangements to transport to our game
against England in Rustenburg. they have about thirty coaches ready for
the fans to travel about fifty miles to the game which starts at 2030
(8:30 pm) this evening. We will depart Pretoria about 3:30-4:00 pm for
the ride to the game and return about 1:30 AM. Starting to get
excited!!! Will write when we can.
June 12, 2010 Post Game
June 16th, 2010
June 18th, 2010
We flew back from Cape Town this morning
just in time to catch the game. We actually made it just in time as the traffic
in Johannesburg getting to the game was gridlocked. Once again the game was
thrilling. We were definitely a little worried at half time, but with the goal
at the start of the second half, the American fans started making noise again.
We all jumped up and down when the US scored the 3rd goal (before it was called
off). We thought it was a bad call at the time, but until we saw the replay over
on t.v. we really didn't realize how bad a call it was.
We spent the day in Johannesburg having
lunch with one of Steven's friend's that works for FIFA and touring around a
little. It's a big city and about a 30-45 minute drive from where we are staying
A relaxing day touring some of the sites in Pretoria
and watching some World Cup action.
Today we had a great tour of the Cullinan Diamond mine
which is outside of Pretoria. The Cullinan Diamond Mine is the third richest
diamond producing mine in the country, but its major claim to fame is the
discovery of the Cullinan Diamond, exposed here in 1905. The Cullinan Diamond,
which now forms part of the British crown jewels, weighed in at 3106 carats. It
is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found. Of course the last stop on
the tour is the diamond shop, and although Jenny was pulling for a new pair of
earrings as her souvenir, we think we'll stop at the traditional African craft
market for those instead :)!
We spent the day in Johannesburg again, this time
visiting the famous Apartheid Museum. It is noted as one of the best museums in
the country, and has exhibits on the rise and fall of apartheid. While very
informative, it is also a very depressing experience as you can imagine. We had
lunch at a traditional eatery in the township of Soweto, where we saw the stark
contrasts between the rich and poor in this country. We're excited for
tomorrow's soccer match, which is in walking distance from our guest house (no
worries about being stuck in the gridlock this time!).