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Road To South Africa!

Planning under way for FIFA 2010...

rain 6 °C

It has been rather chilly here this morning. I was glad I didn't have to wake up and go to work. Thank god for the weekend. I'm prepared to sit and laze around all day but I need to get cracking with my planning for the FIFA world cup which is just a few months away! You're all so lucky you get to see two trips (see first post - A brief Introduction) being planned at one time! :)

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Yesterday, I bought my tickets to Johannesburg from Houston. I searched a bunch of different websites including the following:

Sidestep
Bing
Emirates
Fly

My jaw dropped when I saw the prices for these fares. You will have a hard time believing that Emirates was the cheapest of the lot when it came to competitive fare pricing (and Emirates is never cheap!). I have been checking the fares over a period of time now and waiting (praying) for them to drop below their current price but it became clear that would probably not happen given the magnitude of the event we are planning to attend. I decided to bite the bullet and buy my tickets...now I need to plan to get some really cheap accomodation to compensate for my flights. Maybe emirates will let me sleep on the plane at nights :)

Sesh on the other hand, hasn't booked his tickets yet since he is planning on going from the US - South Africa - India. Needless to say, his tickets are way more expensive than mine and I believe he's still praying to the airline CEOs hoping for better fares. I hope he doesn't decide to wait for too long because these prices are rocketing faster than Usain Bolt can cross that 100m finish line... (Bolt FTW!)

Our first pit stop is in Johannesburg - I plan to arrive there by Sunday morning (11am). Rather long flight mind you, I'm leaving the US on the 11th of June PM and the flight goes all the way to Dubai, and then onward to Jo-burg with a transit of over 8 hrs. Crazy isn't it? It'll all be worth it though when I set foot on the African continent and join my fellow football worshipers in their state of World Cup ecstasy.

So here is our itinerary in terms of matches we will be watching:

World Cup - South Africa 2010

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GO ORANJEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

1. June 14, 2010 @ 7:30 AM ET
Group Stage Group E
Netherlands v Denmark
at Soccer City (Johannesburg)

2. June 19, 2010 @ 10:00 AM ET
Group Stage Group E
Netherlands v Japan
at Durban (Durban)

3. June 24, 2010 @ 2:30 PM ET
Group Stage Group E
Cameroon v Netherlands
at Green Point (Cape Town)

I'm quite excited about all three matches, It's obvious that the Netherlands didn't get the group of death (Brazil did) but nevertheless we have some exciting matches to look forward to with Denmark, Japan and Cameroon being great teams in their own right.

Right then, on to other things - the next stage of planning for this involves booking hostels or finding accomodation. I signed up for this rather interesting concept called couchsurfing. It's pretty cool really - the basic idea is that you offer your couch to someone (a verified member who has been given positive reviews from his/her travels before of course!) and in return someone else from that site offers their couch to you when you travel to their part of the world. I think it's a brilliant way to meet/greet new people and get involved right away with the local culture. Quite a fascinating concept really - I sometimes find myself wondering why I've never thought of these ideas before, especially when they involve almost zero start-up costs and are so popular. I should've started facebook and youtube too I tell ya...ha!
Anyhow, check out the link to CouchSurfing right here:
CouchSurfing!

I'm pretty excited about this trip to South Africa, it might burn a rather large hole in my pocket by the end of it but I think it will be quite the experience of a lifetime. I really hope the planning for this goes rather smoothly and more importantly, quickly. It seems like the longer we wait, the harder it is to get any accomodation/tickets etc for this event. We also plan to do a bit of sight seeing while we are there - visit a safari, do some skydiving, go see the local places etc. Wish me luck my friends, I hope things turn out ok. If you're reading and have any suggestions, tips or ideas...I'm more than happy to learn from you.

I will keep you posted with further developments.

Have a great weekend!
Sandeep

Posted by 2011 07:26 Archived in USA

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