17.06.2010 - 18.06.2010 17 °C
Flew back to Jo'burg from Victoria Falls. There was a problem with a burst water main (apparently) so we were not able to book into the "very classy" hotel in Pretoria that had been booked for us and finished up in a very interesting hotel on the outskirts of Jo'burg. The place hada very British name "The St. George Hotel" but was very Grecian in all other respects. It was a very large hotel/conference centre on the top of a hill and must have covered half an acre. Big wide corridors, ball rooms decorated like they were ready for wedding receptions and all buildings finished with cement render and painted white or blue. Columns and marble mosaic pathways. Wings and restaurants all had greek names such as Doric, Dorian, Santorini, Mykonos. We went looking for the Elgin marbles but it was too cold to be outside too long. Had very eclectic group names on the tables with visitors from Rwanda and Mexico. Bars appeared in all sorts of places and were full of the most amazing memorabilia. all the staff were of course African - just to complete the universal appeal of the place. It was undergoing renovations and rooms were about half star standard but warm and beds were comfortable.
The next day became a travelling day as we were in the middle of nowhere. Put opur bags on the caoch and drove across the other side of town to the Apartheid Museum. We could only visit the museum for about two hours before it was time to hop on the shuttle bus to the game venue for the Argentina vs Sth Korean game at Soccer City Pretoria.
The museum is very well done with video, audio and written record displays fo the history of SA in relation to the development of apartheid and the rise of the ANC. You could probably spend six hours in there if you wished to do all aspects of the story justice.
We were pleased that it only took us 50 minutes from the time we hopped on the shuttle to be in our seats. Much better crowd management than at Durban. The game was very special as you probably saw on television. While Argentina were fairly dominant they did loet the Koreansback into in the second half before closing it out. Messie was spectacular every time he touched the ball. Mind you there were times when he looked like he was out for a stroll in the park.
Out of the ground pretty quickly and then back onto the caoch for a trip back across Jo'burg to our new hotel in Pretoria called the Manhattan Hotel - very nice!! Looking forward to our three nights here.