Friday, June 18, 2010 6:24 AM
Hey all.....just wanted to write a quick email to say we made it last night!!! We have a detailed email that we wrote out but the internet cafe wont let us use our laptop.....we are on Carina's laptop (lady who we are renting the apartment from) in her store so we have to be quick! We will send a detailed email of our travels and our first game we are going to in 4 hours!! USA vs. Slovenia!!! We will talk soon and send photos!!!
Sat 6/19/2010 5:05 AM - Day 1 Adventures
WE MADE IT!!!!!!!! After 2 short flights of 8.5 and 10.5 hours we landed in Joburg at about 9:30pm. That is roughly 26 hours after leaving cincy! All in all the flights weren't as bad as anticipated and they seemed relatively short. I, Brandon, got the luxury of sitting next to Gavin, a 3 year old on his first ever flight from Detroit to Amsterdam. That's right, an 8.5 hour flight next to this little ball of energy and evil! After asking his mom 48 times if we were in the air yet while we were still parked at the gate, he promptly spilled all of his orange juice down the side of my leg 10 seconds after he got it. His mom left it up to me to clean it up. His encore performance lasted the rest of the trip included wanting to get out of his seat every 30 minutes (I'm on the aisle), kicking me, and yes...his wonderful tempertantrums. His mom tried to bury the hatchet by offering me her egg sandwich before we got off the plane. I didn't take it. Lets just say I wasn't the ball of sunshine you would expect me to be landing in Amsterdam however everyone else enjoyed the flight full of movies, video games and free beer and wine.
The flight from Amesterdam to Joburg seemed less like a flight and more like an airbourne party with people our parents age. Heineken and wine was flying out of galley like the world was running out of it. No one seemed to ever care what was going on including the flight attendants. Our particular attendant seemed more of a bartender than a flight attendant. Lets just say that 5 minutes before we landed the fasten seat belt sign was on and about 30 people were standing around having a chat and a drink. As we landed the 5 of us realized that 3 important things needed to happen now. There were some anxious moments while exiting the flight. Were our bags going to make it? Was Carina going to not only exist but be there to show us how to get to the apartment? Were the rental car people going to be there with our car? After we went through customs....after 20 minutes all of our fears were put to rest...our bags came...and Carina and the rental car people were standing next to each other holding signs with BRANDON DOBBS and MR T W Weable. At that moment we realized that this trip was going to be the best! Thomas took the reigns behind the right hand drive on the left side of the road. To be quite honest...he looked like he had done it before! We got to the apartment all in one piece! When we arrived at the apartment with Carina and Ian (her husband) they had a bottle of South African wine and biltong, which is a SA deleciatacy. It is the equivalent to beef jerky back in the states. Carina and Ian left and the 5 of us had a glass of wine to settle down from a long day and lights out were around 1:30am. Big day today with the USA vs. Slovenia game at 4pm SA time. We will be blowing our vuvuzela horns and hopefully celebrating a USA victory! Off to start the day.
The SA crew
Movies watched on the flights:
Invictus : 2.5 stars out of 5. "Fell short of its potential" Morgan Freeman 2 thumbs up.
Hurt Locker: 3 stars out of 5. Could have been 3.5 but Justin fell asleep.
Edge of Darkness: 2.5 stars out of 5. "Lacked plot" Mel Gibson 2 thumbs way down.
Invention of Lying: 3.5 stars out of 5. Good idea for a movie. B lists that made cool cameos.
Law Abiding Citizen: 4.5 stars out of 5. "Gerald Butler was a bad man" "Storyline kept you guessing"
Alice in Wonderland: 1.5 stars out 5. Jen watched 13-15 minutes. Maybe better in 3-D
Precious: 3.5 stars out of 5. Jen watched and Mike disagreed with this rating but has not seen it.
The SA crew