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Soccer & Servos

Winding our way across SA on the scent of football and sausage rolls

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No time for talk. Please enjoy a selection of photos from the last three weeks of our trip:

After the sun of Durban we traveled inland to the Free State town of Clarens. At -10 degrees, spooning became a necessity

After the sun of Durban we traveled inland to the Free State town of Clarens. At -10 degrees, spooning became a necessity

Photo shoot in the snow of Clarens

Photo shoot in the snow of Clarens

......we had been swimming at the beach in Durban almost 24 hours earlier

......we had been swimming at the beach in Durban almost 24 hours earlier

Sun City. A tacky Vegas wannabe gambling complex. Loved it - and made money too. We also ran into the whole Ghanaian football side here before their game against the aussies.

Sun City. A tacky Vegas wannabe gambling complex. Loved it - and made money too. We also ran into the whole Ghanaian football side here before their game against the aussies.

In a bar in Rustenburg after the 1-1 draw with Ghana, we ran into our old mate Pete Sherry who Morto and I grew up with in Warrnambool. Unbelievable, since he was supposed to be in London. Pete then became our new travel partner for the next week.

In a bar in Rustenburg after the 1-1 draw with Ghana, we ran into our old mate Pete Sherry who Morto and I grew up with in Warrnambool. Unbelievable, since he was supposed to be in London. Pete then became our new travel partner for the next week.

Inquisitive giraffe in Kruger National Park

Inquisitive giraffe in Kruger National Park

Buck hunting

Buck hunting

Impala

Impala

The rhino that completed our big 5 sightings

The rhino that completed our big 5 sightings

The leopard that walked by our car in Kruger. I must have scanned at least 1000 trees to no avail before this guy decided to come and find us on the bitumen

The leopard that walked by our car in Kruger. I must have scanned at least 1000 trees to no avail before this guy decided to come and find us on the bitumen

Hungry Hippos at Kruger

Hungry Hippos at Kruger

Our new friend Striker putting on a spread for us before the Serbia game.

Our new friend Striker putting on a spread for us before the Serbia game.

The giraffe stadium of Nelspruit

The giraffe stadium of Nelspruit

Pre-game anthems in Nelspruit

Pre-game anthems in Nelspruit

After Cahill's opener against Serbia

After Cahill's opener against Serbia

Socceroo celebrations

Socceroo celebrations

Signing off with the socceroos - despite a grand performance from the boys, a 2-1 win over Serbia proved to be too little and we would be following Germany into the knock-out stages

Signing off with the socceroos - despite a grand performance from the boys, a 2-1 win over Serbia proved to be too little and we would be following Germany into the knock-out stages

The socceroo family commiserating

The socceroo family commiserating

Cooking the braai

Cooking the braai

Swazi dancing

Swazi dancing

....and more

....and more

The Dr

The Dr

Swazi ladies singing swazi tunes

Swazi ladies singing swazi tunes

Swazi lodgings - traditional village in Swaziland

Swazi lodgings - traditional village in Swaziland

Boerewors (sausage) stand in small town South Africa. Sausages, sausage rolls and pasties have become staples during our road trips which have come to total 7500km so far

Boerewors (sausage) stand in small town South Africa. Sausages, sausage rolls and pasties have become staples during our road trips which have come to total 7500km so far

Morto paying respects to the Jabulani

Morto paying respects to the Jabulani

Mullet is sure to get a game in Brazil 2014 after Wayne Rooney's 2010 performances

Mullet is sure to get a game in Brazil 2014 after Wayne Rooney's 2010 performances

The happy boys that we sold our tickets to for an inflated price. The boys weren't happy for long

The happy boys that we sold our tickets to for an inflated price. The boys weren't happy for long

Bloemfontein goes all red and white

Bloemfontein goes all red and white

Germans celebrating their huge win over the poms in Bloemfontein.

Germans celebrating their huge win over the poms in Bloemfontein.

Getting serious in the ticket scalping market. These signs ended up paying for themselves

Getting serious in the ticket scalping market. These signs ended up paying for themselves

Ethiopian cuisine - one of the best meals of the trip

Ethiopian cuisine - one of the best meals of the trip

Smoking the Shisha

Smoking the Shisha

Bo Kaap, Cape Town. Old Malay quarter of town where all buildings are painted funky colours

Bo Kaap, Cape Town. Old Malay quarter of town where all buildings are painted funky colours

Long St, Cape Town

Long St, Cape Town

Argentinians celebrating the demise of Brazil in the streets of Cape Town. The Netherlands had won 2-1 about 4 hours beforehand and this guy had already produced a coffin. 1 day later he would be able to put his own flag on the box

Argentinians celebrating the demise of Brazil in the streets of Cape Town. The Netherlands had won 2-1 about 4 hours beforehand and this guy had already produced a coffin. 1 day later he would be able to put his own flag on the box

James on the climb to Lions Head. The perfect way to see Table Mountain and Cape Town in the one hit

James on the climb to Lions Head. The perfect way to see Table Mountain and Cape Town in the one hit

Table Mountain

Table Mountain

Random girl overlooking Cape Town

Random girl overlooking Cape Town

Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. We watched Germany defeat the Argentinians 4-0 here.

Green Point Stadium, Cape Town. We watched Germany defeat the Argentinians 4-0 here.

The view of the semi final venue from our Durban hotel room

The view of the semi final venue from our Durban hotel room

Before the Semi Final between Spain and Germany

Before the Semi Final between Spain and Germany

Celebrating with the lads

Celebrating with the lads

Action from the game

Action from the game

A happy Fernando Torres leaves the field in front of our newly acquired category 1 seats

A happy Fernando Torres leaves the field in front of our newly acquired category 1 seats

Moses Mabhida stadium after the 1-0 win to Spain

Moses Mabhida stadium after the 1-0 win to Spain

One match to go now and it's the big one. An attempt will be made to produce a special World Cup Final edition of the blog but there are no promises.

See youse soon,

the Boys

Posted by MOB 05:16 Archived in South Africa Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

I bless the rains down in Africa

Rising like a memphis above the Ser-engeti

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Firstly, let me explain the delay on the long-awaited return of 'Four Likely Lads'. 1) We've had so many dodgy internet connections I've started to yearn for the days of blazing fast 33.6kb dial up. 2) Lately we've had to devote significant proportions of each day writing our 'How to Coach Football' submission to Pim Verbeek in the desperate attempt to salvage South Africa 2010.

This trip has involved some big swings. Nairobi to Durban in geography. 26 degrees in Durban to snow one day later in Clarens, South Africa. And last but not least, the latest swing from the small town art gallery cafe vibe of Clarens to 'South Africa's demented clone of Vegas' Sun City (in an attempt to justify this alarming loss of culture points - wave pool, fake volcanos, and kitsch and tackiness overload- need we say more...)

Here is a pictorial selection of some of the moments to greet us on this journey.

Feeding giraffes out of the hand in Nairobi. Unexpectedly awesome experience.
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Steve Parish's son on safari, looking for the next shot for his 2011 wildlife calendar.
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Giraffe saying g'day again
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Tortoise on the road in the Serengeti
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Lion in a tree at Serengeti
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More Serengeti
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This was one of the more revolting scenes of death and scavengery we have ever seen. Around ten wildebeest had drowned in a river and the vultures and this other form of meat eating bird (should be a contradiction of terms) had moved in. The stench was horrific
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Stone Town, Zanzibar
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Night food market at Stone Town
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Moof in chill mode, northern Zanzibar
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Chameleon, Tanzania
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Obligatory Stone Town sunset shot
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Melon and I took a cab ride for 20kms from the Zambian border. The cab ran out of fuel after about 5kms. Cue a guy running from the nearest village with a top up. Too easy
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Vern on safari
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Village Food, Tanzania
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Vic Falls. Due to the unbelievable amount of spray coming from the falls (500m high - underneath was like being in super heavy rain) this underwhelming shot was my best (apart from the ones taken off postcards with macro)
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Melon in chill mode, Zambia
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Near Vic Falls
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Melon and friends. We told you not to get out of the 4x4 mate... did make for a great shot though
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This minibus taxi was a few people too full and not in great mechanical shape - but for some reason I felt like someone had my back
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With friends in Chipata, Zambia. The best nothing town ever.

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Melon turning the commercial tables by doing a deal for his soccer ball with the airport staff in Livingstone. Look for Zambia to improve at the 2014 qualifiers
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With more new friends in Umkomaas, South Africa after the opening game. Amazingly friendly locals again.
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Moses Mabhida stadium, Durban
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Edgy sand art, Durban
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Yellow steel
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Huge pump before the match

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Inside the stadium
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3-0 down

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Posted by MOB 04:29 Comments (6)

Mi Goreng

The legends are true

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Ladies and Gentlemen, this one is for all of those people who are finding work a little bit hard. This is not a blog you can live vicariously through. This blog is for the Moof's of this world: showing that the grass is sometimes not greener. In fact, sometimes it's a dirt paddock.

As you may or may not know, I was shipped off to Merak, Indonesia to work. I'm staying in Cilegon. So, enough with the talk, here's what I've captured so far.

As I said, the main purpose of the trip is work. Here are the guys lining up to punch out for the day.

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And to get to work I take the company bus. So, here's my view from the bus ride.

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And here's the shopping on the way home.

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And the best part, the level rail crossing. These houses are all close to public transport.

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But, public transport can be infrequent, so you may need to kip while you wait.

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But the local bus is pretty pimped out.

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However, there is some good stuff going on here. For example, the mi goreng available in the supermarket is a student's dream

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But it's better to wander down the road, sit yourself under the make shift tent restaurant and try to order it off the streets. All you gotta do is smile at the people staring at you.

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And the moment you've all been waiting for, mi goreng that's cheaper than 25 cents and 25 times better.

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I've manage to help some local students with their Engrish. They asked for the photo to prove to their teacher they found a Engrish speaker and talked to them.

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I managed a night out with a few of the lads from work. They loved it.

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And here's "Keith" in what he described as "a compromising position."

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So, there you have it. But, before I go, some novelty photos I got in the supermarket.

The secret is out.

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hehehehehe

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Thanks to all who have kept in touch while I've been gone. I really really appreciate it.
Love to all and I'll see you all when I get back.

Kerr

Posted by MOB 05:53 Archived in Indonesia Comments (4)

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