Happy Independence Day from Africa

We had a 4th of July party here today with a mixture of American and African friends.  We “grilled” (rather than braaied) chicken, ribs, and hotdogs, along with some non-traditional Boervorst.  While American music played some of the guys watched a rugby match on television.  It was quite a mixture of cultures, but just about everyone wore red, white, and blue.  We have flaunted our American citizenship quite a bit recently…

Brian, Rachel and Rebekah traveled with our American friends here 7 hours to the Confederation Cup Soccer match USA vs. Egypt.  USA won in an exciting upset match.  Check out Brian's blog for a first hand account.  The result was victories leading to the finals which we watched at home with many African friends.  We bonded :)

Brian, Rachel and Rebekah traveled with many of our American friends 7 hours to the Confederation Cup Soccer match USA vs. Egypt.

Check out Brian’s blog for a first-hand account, but there were fewer than 1000 American fans at the stadium that held between 24000 and 40000 fans, depending on which source you trust.  The USA claimed a surprising victory over Egypt that night, leading to matches into the finals where the USA faced Brazil.  We enjoyed watching those matches on television with our many African friends…

Thembi, Tsitsi, Precious, and Zanele joined me to watch the game Brian was at.  Zanele and Aphile spend the night with Ruthie and I for their first "sleep over"

Thembi, Tsitsi, Precious, and Zanele joined me to watch the game Brian was at. Zanele and Aphile spent the night with Ruthie and I for their first "sleep over"

Munye supported the US to the bitter end

Munye supported the US to the bitter end

Watching the final game in our living room

Watching the final game in our living room

It is fascinating to talk to Africans about their opinion of America.  Many people believe Americans are “bullies,” but at the end of the day most want to come someday.

God bless the USA.

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