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Author Topic: I got World Cup Tickets!  (Read 1198 times)

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Offline PozBrian

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I got World Cup Tickets!
« on: January 22, 2010, 11:54:09 PM »
OMG!!! I feel like a 12 year girl at a Jonas Bros concert! Going to see USA v Algeria on the 23rd in Pretoria. I travel quite a lot for work (3 or 4 of the last 12 months) but this is the first international travel I've done since testing HIV+. I've checked out the HIV Travel site mentioned in other topics so I know that South Africa shouldn't present any entry problems. I'm a little more concerned about coming into contact with things I've not been exposed to before and now might have problems with.  One big bonus is the ID clinic I use also does travel medicine, so I'm pretty sure that I can get any shots that I might need. Is that a legitimate concern? What can I do, if anything, to boost my system for the trip? I mostly scared that I'll have some medical crisis and have to deal with an unfamiliar medical system.

On another note, one life goal I've had for a long time is to visit all the continents in the world. Africa and Antarctica are the last two. This summer it will be just Antarctica. I'll probably be there for about a week any suggestions for sites to see?

And at the risk of starting a soccer (football) flame war.... USA, USA!
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Offline Peacock

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2010, 02:31:31 AM »
Fab! Its nice to hear of someone who is exited to visit our country for the 2010 soccer! I dont travel much and can only suggest that for emergencies you should have travel insurance..and when i refer to emergencies Im not refering to the 'drama queen'crime statistic type of emergency, just the usual medical probs. Heres a few tips on what to taste:
KOEKSISTERS- are a very sweet surupy twisted crunchy Afrikaans treat
PUTU is a maize (that looks similar to mashed potatoe but its very course)-I think its divine with a spicey tomato and onion sauce.
BOEREWORS- is a spicey beefy sausage that the whole nation loves to barbeque.
and by the way we dont Barbeque... we 'BRAAI'.
VETKOEK is almost like a round ball doughnut, that gets filled with spicey mince, curry or you can have it sweet. BILTONG is like a beef jerky..but better because you can get so many varieties of dried game meat.
If youre going to a Malaria area then take your Malaria tabs-better safe than sorry.
theres no problem travelling with your meds at the airports.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!and WELCOME to Sunny South Africa!!
 

Peacock,Steve
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Offline Cliff

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2010, 06:36:08 AM »
World Cup tickets?!?  I am extremely jealous.  You should be fine.  You don't really need any special shots or take extra precautions unless you're going to the game parks/reserves. 

Does your medical insurance cover you overseas?  If not, you may want to look to get some health cover.

Have fun and go USA!

Offline veritas

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 09:27:47 AM »

Brian,

Go and have a GREAT TIME !

v

Offline chguy78

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2010, 10:33:13 AM »
South Africa is great country with wonderful things to see, do and eat!  Capetown is great but quite a long way from you. The national parks in both South Africa and Botswana are within reach so you must go to one of them.  I second the recommendations of biltong (peri peri) and boerewors.  Lots of meat to eat in SA.

Have a great time!
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Offline Angel-Ronnie

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 06:52:36 AM »
brian you will not have any problems getting into South Africa. We have alot to offer and it is a beautiful country. if you have travelled to any african country like Angola, ethiopia then you will need yellow fever injections if not it is a bonus yellow fever is only required when you were in countries that fall under the yellow fever map this you can find on www.travelclinic.co.za. also the regions for malaria can also be checked on this website.

hope that you will have a blast when visiting us. there are restaurants and Macdonalds here so there is food other than BBQ.



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In perfect love and perfect trust
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
An' ye harm none, do what ye will.

What ye send forth comes back to thee,
so ever mind the Law of three,
follow this with mind and heart,
Merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 12:38:55 PM »
Yellow Fever and Malaria aren't the same thing?  I could swear in the US they refer to them interchangably.

Offline Angel-Ronnie

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 03:55:37 AM »
no they aren't the same that is why i gave the link so that who ever visits South Africa or Africa as a whole knows what is needed for their safety. Yellow fever will not be given if CD4 is to low. Health professionals should be consulted before the time.
Bide the Wiccan law ye must,
In perfect love and perfect trust
Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill
An' ye harm none, do what ye will.

What ye send forth comes back to thee,
so ever mind the Law of three,
follow this with mind and heart,
Merry ye meet, and merry ye part.

Offline bigpa

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Re: I got World Cup Tickets!
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2010, 09:35:03 AM »
Hi PozBrian

You will love South Africa. No need to worry about ANY medical condition that you may have or contract. After all we are NOT a low class country. We got the best infra structure in Africa.

Give me a call when you are in South Africa.
 ;)

 


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