South African Diary: Day 7
RAIN again! Our final day in South Africa and a rest day for the party before travelling home.
A few went to Table Mountain, some took a (very) rocky boat trip out to Robben Island - where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - some went shopping and four of us played golf at the wonderful setting of Westlake GC.
Having teed off at 7.45am, we played shadowed by Table Mountain as the sun came up - unfortunately, that lasted about five holes before the rain came. And does it know how to rain. None of us had wet weather gear - it was like playing golf in a car wash.
We left the hotel at 5.30pm for a 7.30pm departure and arrived back - as everyone knows now, with South African skipper Mbulela Mabizela - at Heathrow at 6.30am.
South Africa was an amazing experience but I suppose the sad thing is you are torn between what makes the grestest impression, the beauty of Table Mountain or the poverty of the townships.
Certainly, on a personal note, I'll never forget our Zulu welcome, the street kids of Durban, the atmosphere of the Pirates fans at ABSA Stadium, the township visit and Table Mountain.
But boss Glenn Hoddle best summed up the trip after the win against Kaizer Chiefs. "We were good for South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid and South Africa was good for us."
From Paul Miles at (a raining) Spurs Lodge