Port Elizabeth, South Africa

                                                         View of Port Elizabeth from the Ship

February 24, 2010

Port Elizabeth was our second scheduled port in South Africa.  As with Cape Town, it is a city that will host some of the 2010 World Cup soccer games.  They have also built a beautiful new stadium (photo below).  In this port we opted not to do one of the ship’s excursions, as we didn’t find anything listed that called to us, and we were more interested in finding an Internet cafe.  We found the Internet cafe in the shopping center where the shuttle bus stopped.  Even though it was both wired and broadband, it was still very slow, and we were not able to fully accomplish our goals.  However, the day was beautiful and we enjoyed seeing a little bit of the town.  As we were walking back to the shuttle stop we encountered Sandi, our assistant dining room steward.  We also encountered one of the Cape Wagtail birds that we had first seen in Namibia, and then at the Aquila Game Reserve.

When the shuttle got back to the port we were delayed at a railroad crossing.  We were amazed when someone reported that the single engine was pulling 83 cars!  Fortunately nobody seemed put out by the delay.

One of our friends recommended the township tour, which would be a good activity if we ever return to Port Elizabeth.

2010 World Cup Soccer Stadium

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