For anyone lucky enough to actually be in South Africa during the World Cup, there’s certainly plenty to look besides the action on the pitch. Columnist Stephen Brunt of The Globe and Mail posted this beautiful pic of Kalk Bay, outside Cape Town, which gives me a good excuse to show off my handiwork about what else to do in South Africa when you’re not watching footy. The country is no doubt hoping for a tourism boom from the tournament, although not everywhere is feeling the impact.
I was in South Africa for two weeks in March, visiting Kruger Park and Cape Town, and had a wonderful time. And while the late-summer sun was more beach-friendly weather than the current winter storms, I still wish I was there now, enjoying some matches. Our friend Simon ‘The Happy Hoofer’ Hagens, whose family roots go back to Cape Town, is on his way to South Africa today for a two-week visit that includes two England contests and a first-round playoff match in the Mother City, and will be adding some insight (or just drunken ramblings) through Twitter and, technology permitting, in this space as well. We’re looking forward to his reports.