Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cape Town!

Photos from the their trip can be viewed here.

The boys are safely in Cape Town after a 20 plus hour trip and have been to their first two matches (England vs. Algeria and Portugal vs. North Korea which got seriously rained on). The weather is a warm 70 degrees and they have their 12 days planned out well. They see one more match (Cameroon vs. Netherlands). They traveled to Robben Island to do the Walk to Freedom following the footsteps of Nelson Mandela and toured the Cape of Good Hope and the wildlife preserves where the Black Footed Penguins and Chacma Baboons live. They also plan to see Table Mountain and do a historical tour of Cape town.

They have been planning this trip since last October. Julian got his first passport around his birthday last August.

Julian enjoyed playing the board game Ten Days in Africa in the winter months before his trip and Maia and I have been kicking the soccer ball around, drawing the shape of Africa and pasting zebra stickers inside. We have been reading some books about Southern Africa as well including:

Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly

Abiyoyo - Pete Seeger

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams

Count Your Way Through South Africa by James Haskins

A South African Night by Rachel Isadora

Soccer World - South Africa by Ethan Zohn

We are counting down the days until they return so we can hear about their adventures, see their photos and have them back home where we miss them so!

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