The next day I walked down to the Waterfront and saw the fun run precursor to the next day’s race. I saw flags from both the US and Swaziland so that was pretty cool.
I wandered around and gaped at the stores in the mall. It was so odd to see all the shops selling their designer whatnots (think dedicated Haagen-Dazs, Louis Vuitton, and Le Creuset shops). There was even a shop selling biltong and an “Old’e English Shaving Shop”. Imagine the draw! I can always eat jerky and I have lost both my strop and my shaving soap. Unfortunately I couldn’t really justify the prices.
Later I saw someone shoot heroin and another huff something out of a paper bag on my way to the race registration. Never seen that before so I guess that was an experience. I probably should have taken a taxi.
At registration I perused the sports vendors’ wares and saw all the cool things I had no ability to purchase. Puma was sponsoring and had a massive selection of 2 Oceans merch that looked pretty cool. I got shirt in my goodie bag so I was happy enough with that.
Earlier I had run into another volunteer, Kelly, and was invited to dinner with her and her parents. We had a very enjoyable seafood filled time down at the waterfront. That area is very pretty but filled with tourists. I was one of them though so I cannot complain.