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Andrew passes Gibraltar

Farewell Europe, hello Africa

The ferry from Algeciras led us to Ceuta. The swell was huge and the crossing much slower than usual. As we made our way from Europe to Africa we left Gibraltar trailing behind us and I couldn’t help but contemplate the time to come.

Sure, the worries were there: will I have enough dosh? Will I get sick? Will I lose The Ball? What will I do if my passport or bank cards get stolen?

Andrew passes GibraltarAndrew passes Gibraltar

But the positive visualisations of Africa outshone the negative thoughts. I was glad to be leaving Europe and entering Africa. Winter in Europe is not the ideal place for random football encounters. Nor for street football. People in Western Europe might just be more interested in the thousands of other leisure options they have. The real journey is about to begin. I am expecting that much more football waits us in Africa.

Let The Ball roll.

Written by on Friday, February 19th, 2010

2 comments on this post

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa is only 4 days away now…

  2. Amazing atmosphere it seems. Though rainy – on the verge of a multitude of new challenges wind and clouds provide something powerful and dynamic for the Ball.

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