Wrestling with a few home truths
Well, we've been in South Africa for a few days now. Not long until we head out on the BBC bus, which I got a glimpse of for the first time earlier this week.
Many people have asked me if we are sleeping on it. The answer is 'no'. We are staying in B&Bs and little hotels along the way.
I reckon it is the greatest bus in history. That might be a bit strong but it must be in the top five, along with the one from Speed, the one Clint Eastwood drove in Where Eagles Dare, Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday love machine and the beauty from The Italian Job.
I have been filming some behind the scenes stuff for the website and also planning the first Football Focus show for BBC World. You will not be able to watch it in the United Kingdom but it goes out to millions of people all over this globe of ours.
We have been to a township just outside Cape Town called Khayelitsha. Hundreds of thousands were forcibly relocated there back in the 1980s and it now has a population of 1.3m - bigger than Birmingham. It is the second biggest township in South Africa behind Soweto but the fastest growing.
Some of the houses are just two pieces of corrugated iron resting against a beam while others are far more substantial. Staggeringly, it is estimated that 20% of the residents are HIV positive.
We visited a scheme funded by Football for Hope and run by a company called Grassroot Soccer. The organisation offers a programme that teaches kids football skills and educates them about HIV and Aids.
The guy in charge says ignorance levels are incredible. Some of the local young men think that sleeping with a virgin will cure them of the virus while children can be ostracised if someone in their family is HIV positive.
We heard about Siya, a young lad whose mother and father both tested positive. His friends immediately stopped talking to him and playing football with him. For months, he spoke to no one.
Thanks to the scheme, Siya's friends were convinced he had done nothing wrong and was not contagious. Now he is back playing football with his mates everyday.
The place was packed with kids because South African schools have closed for six weeks in an attempt to reduce World Cup traffic. We drove past a high school in Khayelitsha that was covered in bullet-proof glass. There was a room on the ground floor with a massive yellow dot on the door.
Our guide told us it was a safety room just in case there was gunfire in or around the playground. The kids who cannot read are told to run to the yellow circle. It is a very different existence.
During our visit, there were smiling faces everywhere. Speaking to the children, it is clear the scheme is making a real difference. The assembled crowd went wild when the American who funds the programme turned up. I could not shake off the fact he was a dead ringer for Hulk Hogan. Even the accent was spot on.
Meet the Hulk Hogan lookalike
I half expected him to launch into a speech about the "26-inch pythons". For those of you who are not au fait with the American wrestler, Hogan used that phrase to refer to his impressive biceps.
On a serious note, I think Khayelitsha highlights the real challenge for this World Cup. Many people say that unless a lasting difference is made in places like this, then the tournament cannot be considered a success.
As I was walking back from the supermarket this week, there was a poster on the wall with the following quote from Nelson Mandela: "Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is a protection of fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life."
South Africa is ready for the World Cup. Yes, there are dissenters, but the vast majority of people are excited and desperate for Bafana Bafana to do well. Many also hope that - as well as enjoying the football - the world will see that something needs to be done to address the country's growing problems.
If you want to follow the BBC bus this summer, then let me gently prod you towards Twitter. You can get regular updates and pictures at danwalkerbbc.