97 Fusion in South Africa travel blog

97 Fusion in South Africa

Kathy travel blog
Welcome to the travel journal of 97 Fusion---a U12 girls travel soccer team from Northern Virginia.

We are about to embark on one of the most amazing adventures of our lives: a 10-day trip to South Africa, the home of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Our adventure started in October 2009, when our intrepid coach, Stacey King, suggested that we submit a video for South African Tourism's Diski Dance competition.

What is Diski? Diski is the way that South Africans play soccer---it's a rhythmic and sometimes showy way of playing. In Diski, every move has a name and the names come from different South African native languages: Tswana, Zulu, Sotho and even English. The moves have names like Tsamaya", "Heel Extension Mkhari" and "Chester" to name a few. Add some rhythmic music, and you have the Diski Dance.

We spent weeks practicing our Diski, and then filmed our dance in Washington D.C. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and on the National Mall, and throughout Northern Virginia. Then we submitted our video, and waited to hear the results. When we found out in January that we had won, we couldn't believe it----and neither could our parents!

South African Tourism has planned exciting week for us, and we invite you to follow our journey as we begin to explore South Africa and its many wonders.

Order: oldest at top ( reverse )

 
 
 
Packing is not fun
 
 
 
Greeting at the Airport
 
 
 
At Last We Are Here -...
 
 
 
Soweto and Noah's Ark
 
 
 
Soccer, Diski, Soccer,...
 
 
 
Christiana's Thoughts...
 
 
 
Our first day
 
 
 
The Market on the Way...
 
 
 
Soccer City, Soweto,...
 
10 
 
 
Pilanesberg Lions
 
11 
 
 
You Can't Win Them All
 
12 
 
 
Safari!
 
13 
 
 
What We Saw in the Game...
 
14 
 
 
Do NOT feed the Baboons
 
15 
 
 
Another Safari Ride
 
16 
 
 
More Travel News
 
17 
 
 
Happy April Fool's Day...
 
18 
 
 
Penguins and Seals and...
 
19 
 
 
Everybody Out of the...
 
20 
 
 
Beach Fun (No Sun) and...
 
21 
 
 
Drumming up business
 
22 
 
 
End of the Journey
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