Wednesday, July 7
As we depart the apartment lift what appears to be a four-man SWAT team gets in.
It is world cup semi-final day but you wouldn't believe it strolling around the streets of Durban. Down at the city coach station, looking into options for a coach back to Joburg tomorrow, you'd expect coach loads full of Spanish and German fans to be arriving. Instead, nothing. There isn't a single football fan to be seen...anywhere. In fact, it's almost as if this particular part of the city has been emptied; Blackburn and I wander around like the two lone characters in the film 'Book of Eli'.
With no football fans to knock about with I spend my afternoon down at Durban Water World.
So, this is where all the Germans and Spanish have been hiding! (well, a good hundred of them anyway).
The aquarium is good value and well worth visiting if you are ever in Durban. I have to admit though that I have one of those 'how did my life get to this point?' moments as I sit in a football-style stand watching the 'sea lion pantomime'. The world cup semi final kicks off in about 4 hours and I'm in a crowd of football fans applauding a performing sea lion.
The first audible football chant of the day is heard on Durban waterfront at 4.17pm. I mention this because if England were ever to get to another semi on foreign soil you wouldn't be able to escape the flags, chants and thousands of fans.
There don't seem to be many tickets knocking about for this evening's match. At this point in time you can't really judge how much they are likely to go for. I suppose given that there don't seem to be any travelling fans here, they should be affordable...