We're two thirds into the Soccer World Cup and it is safe to say South Africa has exceeded the pessimists expectations by staging a glitch-free tournament, well not counting the linesmen mishaps but that's FIFA's problem.
Even more indicative of how successful we've been in welcoming and entertaining the hundreds of thoursands of tourists in our country is how they'll relate their experiences to other foreigners.
We caught up with Uruguayan Carolina Rasenti who has been living in South Africa and asked her to give us her take on the tournament thus far.
Carolina has spent a large portion of her life in Johannesburg, but is a passionate Uruguayan - often shouting at the TV during their fixtures in fluent Spanish. She is 25-years old and works in marketing when not out being a social butterfly.
How has your World Cup experience been in South Africa?
It's been amazing. Waiting with anticipation for the day to finally arrive. And now i'm not sure how we will all go back to normal? What reason will we be able to give for needing to finish work at 3:30. It's been amazing watching Joburg change, from an already diverse city, to an International airport/city. And all the eye candy has been delicious.
Who do you think is going to win the tournament, and why?
That's easy, Uruguay will win. No seriously, i always thought an underdog or the most unexpected team would win this World Cup. Maybe it's because so many people thought South Africa was not going to be able to pull it off, and WE DID! And now, we have had a World Cup of surprises.
How do you rate South Africa as a tourist destination?
10/5. Show me a country that can give you what South Africa offers? We have it all: metropolitan cities, mountains, deserts, ocean, white beaches, untouch land, elephants, lions. No matter what your budget you can experience it all!
Where is your favourite place in South Africa?
Hmm... that's so hard. Johannesburg is my favourite place in South Africa, but especially Joburg Town. Arrive there at 3pm and do some bargain shopping, watch how the city moves, creates. The different languages, the mixture of colours, from buildings, to produce, to fashion, it's so undeniably South African. And then sit back while you watch the sun set, and party to international music, with several bars and clubs to choose from.
Tell South Africans why they should visit Uruguay
Well for starters, SAA now has a direct flight to Buenos Aires making it really affordable to visit South America. As South Africans we love our Braai meat, well in Uruguay so do WE! Our meat is of the most amazing quality, like NOTHING you have ever tasted before. We use wood to braai, giving it a unique taste and colour. We like to walk on beaches and streets and share Mate (a herbal tea, drank in a calabash through a metal straw) very similar to the Umqombothi that traditonal tribes drink, just not alcholic. We are friendly and offer a variety of activities for such a small country. And when we speak English we sound super sexy.