Although my team was in the finals last Sunday and yes I was a bit proud, this to me was not the most important. The World Cup has come to an end, what are we going to talk about now? To be in South Africa and to be part of the biggest event on African soil ever to me was one of the greatest privileges. I wasn’t only a spectator but I was part of it in a way I could have never imagined. There were almost 200 Dutchies (and 1 lost Brazilian…) that enjoyed the services of Extraordinary Travel. Lots of them would have never come to South Africa, if they wouldn’t have been invited by my client, Heineken. Friends told them it would be dangerous, don’t go, you’re crazy. But they all came and they all enjoyed and they all will go back to The Netherlands and talk about the friendliness of the South Africans, the incredible vibe of the World Cup, the beautiful nature and the delicious food and wine. To take them to places like Mzoli’s in Gugulethu, the community centre in Langa and the Mexican Shebeen was great fun
It was great to share my passion with them and to show them my 2nd home country. It was a great privilege to be able to change their opinions about a country that deserves so much more than all the negative press it was given before the world cup. And now they know! Now they know that South Africa ROCKS! So what next? I think the World Cup was only the beginning for South Africa. Lots of visitors will come back over the next 2 years, lots of people have seen opportunities to invest and will take those ideas to the next level, lots of people have seen where help is needed and will come back to do just that. I’m really confident that this World Cup has brought a lot of good and will continue to do so.