Thursday, June 24, 2010

A port in a storm

Normally that means somewhere peaceful and quiet doesn't it? Well, this is my twist on the phrase. This is our 'port'(Koningspoort) in a storm of football fever.

I don't own a TV, but even if I did, I wouldn't need one. From the back deck I can hear every gasp, groan and roar of excitement as the Netherlands team plays good and bad shots, misses the ball, brings on a new player...you name it, every moment is recorded in tumultuous sound.

The pics below are my view this evening as I sit on the Luxor and enjoy the evening air on our own terras. Eat your heart out Koosje! I must say I am enjoying the Luxor's privacy this year. I'm just sorry Koos isn't here to enjoy it too. Still, I haven't been without company and have had two very pleasant evenings with friends and neighbours who have come to enjoy the luxury of our watery amenities. Now all I need is for the World Cup to be over....after all, now SA is out......oh alright.... I will support Holland now...... Go, Oranje, go!!!!



17 comments:

  1. To be fair, I feel really sorry for the football fans here to have had their adventure cut short so early in the World Cup, but on the other hand, perhaps life will get back to some kind of normality again now!!!

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  2. Hi Janys! So nice to see you again. I've missed you, and understand all the work problems you've had, so I'm very happy to see you've had a moment to come visiting. Yes, I'm quite sorry for all the big European teams who've not made it too, but I am looking forward to normality here too. By the sounds of things outside, I'm not going to get it any time soon though :-(

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  3. Haha. On the left of the second phone was where we were sitting on Saturday.

    We had a similar experience of hearing but not really watching the match. And by that I mean the signal on the TV that we were trying to watch the match started to break up so much that we had a better idea of what was going on from the sound the neighbours were making.

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  4. Lol Stu...and they won too didn' they? Just needed my vote to swing the balance ;) Glad you had good audio aids too :-D

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  5. We get noises here everyday as this city has fans supporting every country! Sometimes the police have to close entire streets because people pour out to celebrate. So, today the dutch were celebrating and the Italians were crying. Congrats to the oranje! I hope that they can go all the way to the final.

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  6. I am quite happy that the Netherlands have gone through. Let's hope they can keep up the momentum.

    Italy, Italy, you've let me down. Where will be my party in Rome in 3 weeks? ;)

    xx
    AM, let's not even mention les Bleus...

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  7. whoa, looks noisy. but noise of rejoice and fun B)

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  8. Anne-Marie... let's face it... the Italians don't need much of an excuse to have a party, football or no football! Under my windows here last night I think there was a gang (or 2 rival gangs) of kids having a water balloon battle. It sounded hilarious.

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  9. Anne Marie, we all have to root for NL now so that they'll still be celebrating when you come ;-)

    Lesley that sounds like fun. I'd so like to come to Toronto one of these days. It sounds like such a lively colourful city.

    And Janys, I'd love to have seen that. yay, any excuse for a party! That's a nice way to live xx

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  10. All this football has left poor Alfie being pulled every which way. He is obsessed with playing ball and a Dutch friend, Kees, turned up on Sunday with a whole bunch of orange tennis balls, unfortunately someone else had already given him some red and white balls. Poor thing did not know which way to turn!!!!!! Janys, I think it is probably good that Italy are out, I can't wait to return to normality! But at least all the English fans were happy for a while on Saturday!

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  11. Val, I'm going to hold you to your word. I know you did school projects etc. about these parts too. In the meantime tho, I've told AM to give you and Koos a hug from me.

    Lesley
    xx

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  12. Come on GHANA !
    shouts my wife any time the World Cup is mentioned, it being the country of her birth. For having no TV, not bothering with the radio either and living amongst fields. We are neatly isolated from the hype.

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  13. I can see from those pictures that Dutch football fans supporting their team in the World Cup is really something else :)

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  14. Fran we've got a repeat performance on Monday ;-(

    Haha, Heron, that's brilliant...GHANA!! Has a good ring to it.Sadly, having no TV hasn't helped me stay away from it. It comes to me!

    Maria, yes, the Dutch fans take things very seriously indeed, even to the point of putting up banners written in Afrikaans, the SA Dutch based language...lol. Still, I know you're enjoying the games, so I shan't complain any more ;-)

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  15. Hi Val,

    Just letting you know that I posted the first set of Tallinn pictures, links in my blog, in case you're interested.

    Hope you've had a wonderful midsummer's weekend.

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  16. Come on oranje, beat those brazilians!

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  17. Sounds lovely, excited fans or not!

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