It’s day 1 of the World Cup, so we took the train into town and went walking down “fan’s walk” to the new stadium. It was pretty amazing. The train was packed with excited people, hooting and tooting, and we piled out at Cape Town station to an absolute roar of vuvuzela’s, trains hooting and people shouting and waving flags.
Because it was still relatively early, the crowd was fairly thin, but well draped with flags. Vuvuzelas were droning all around, a great buzzing hum all over the city: Buwaaaaaaap bwaaaaap buuwuwuwuuaaaaaaap!
We walked all the way down to the stadium, where people were starting to gather. The match between South Africa and Mexico was going on at the time. It was quite something to hear the entire city go “WHOOOOOOAAAAAAH” all around you, when there was a goal. Here is the stadium glinting in the setting sun:
We circled round to Mouille Point, where the crowds thinned out, and we had a lovely view of the stadium from the golf course:
I took lots of photos of the mosaic murals in the stadium underpass – they are super cool! Everything from birds, to bicycles, to soccer players:
By that time the crowd started getting fairly hectic and we were walking against the stream. People were just partying it up. We watched a fantastic troop of trick rope jumpers, and nearly got run over by a Kaapse Klopse band. BOOM BOOM BOOM PAAARP and you just have to get out of the way!
It’s great to see pedestrians take over the city like this. At one point, a car driving down Long Street just gave up, the driver got out and joined the dancing crowd, and a whole lot of people jumped on top of his car. Three rather hefty young ladies were hopping up and down on the roof, everyone was bouncing and hopping, blowing vuvuzelas and whistles. The driver just danced along with them.
The train home was absolutely packed, and here I saw my favorite flag – a home made one tied round the shoulders of this little boy: