Thursday, September 22, 2011
RWC 2011: United Nations Under an Oval Ball...
This trip has had many highlights, but another great thing about this trip has been to finally meet some of my fellow rugby bloggers here in Kiwi-Land. On Thursday night, I was able to meet "Slugso", part of the writing duo with Ferdy at http://ruggerblogger.blogspot.com/
It was great to have a few beers with him. Tonight, I am going to meet another Kiwi, Scotty, who does http://www.superrugbytips.com/ I am highly looking forward to meeting him, and Tom, a Canadian I have met via Facebook.
I should also add, that every tourist I have spoken with has had a story to underline just how wonderful of hosts the Kiwis are. At Mac's Bar on Taranaki Wharf, I spoke to a French rugby fan from Paris who spoke of how when he had run out of gas, a helpful Kiwi put him in his car, drove him to the nearest petrol station and drove him back to his car, and waited until the car restarted."That type of thing would never happen in Paris", he said.
The rest of the world might be going to hell in a handcart, but at least among rugby fans here in New Zealand, people seem to be showing what we can be capable of doing, as human beings.