trying to get to grips with travelblog is the first step of this adventure to china and i am trying to get it sorted out before i leave!! hope 5 weeks will be enough time???
just some location of where cape town actually is: its situated on a peninsula with the most well known landmark icon of Table Mountain - Hoerikwagga in local language- and has been declared a World Heritage Site. Not far from Cape Town (about 2and a half hours) is the real tip of Africa - Cape Aghullas the southerly most tip of this continent.
Since I first started this blogg i have traveled extensively with Terry to China, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and now shortly back to Malyasia and particularly we are going to Borneo where my mother in particular used to tell me I came from!! that is: " look at your hair you look like the wild woman from Borneo!" so now i am going to see!!!
February 16th 2013
We left Mukdahan and the Mekong river and decided to make our way south towards the sea. Surin was our destination, a town that comes alive once a year for about 10 days when they celebrate a big Elephant festival there but for the rest of the year it’s a sleepy town. Unfortunately we arrived on the wrong road and after a long drive Terry did not want to drive a further 50 kilometers out on another road to the Elephant Park and as it happened we would not have arrived in time to see any of the shows anyway. The town is full of elephant statues, mock tusks, street lights with elephants and of course real elephants – well there was one we came across being ridden around town. There was an old man who ... read more
February 9th 2013
We spent a couple of days in Chiang Mai the capital of the North. It has the most incredible night market where the streets are so full that if you walk down the centre you cannot even see the stalls on either side. Lots of buskers and street food but in the main not special as they were catering for the masses and had pre-cooked a lot of stuff which unless is a stew or soup does not bode well for a Thai meal which is all about fresh, made on the spot stuff. We followed the stalls into a Wat which was a lot quieter and had some dinner there – a delicious curry served by a young girl of about 8 working with her mum and grandfather. She was animated and spoke English very ... read more
January 23rd 2013
Well leaving Bagan for Mandalay was the same scenario at the airport but a bit later well an hour but that does mean getting up at 5.30 instead of 4 am!!! It was a long drive into town and once again we crossed the Ayeyarwady River with a whole city of temples in the hills towards the west. I swear this is the land of temples. Our hotel was old but our room was pleasant enough and clean and the water hot. We went to survey our neighbourhood and did a big walk around a very big block. There were many primary schools and a mixture of huge houses and quite small ones that were in different states of disrepair. The contrast really amazes one. The gutters you could smell and of course you had to ... read more
January 23rd 2013
Well we got the wakeup call and made our way to the airport with a near miss into the taxi on a roundabout but as I said it was a near miss. The domestic terminal was a step back or two in time. The check in was all manual – the departure hall full to the brim with tourists -Oh No! Were they all making their way to Bagan? There turned out to be 4 flights waiting there and we were the last one called with the fewest amount of people- yippee! When I say called I really mean called- This was done by a steward holding the flight number up on a board and walking around. We seemed to accompany our luggage to the plane as it was wheeled out on trolleys by ground staff ... read more
January 15th 2013
2013 Myanmar – Yangon We arrived at the airport, Terry certain he could get a visa on arrival until check in when the lady said they cannot let him on the plane without a visa! So there we were I was all checked in and he had to go back into Bangkok and sort his visa out so not knowing if he could get it in one day, or even get on another flight the next day we said goodbye and I was on my own. The flight was not full at all so I was hopeful he would be able to get a seat. I was amazed at the airport when we arrived. Not many planes on the apron but a very modern terminal with sky bridges (we did not have to walk over the ... read more
January 12th 2013
Well door to door it took 26 hours to get to Bangkok! The plane from South Africa to Singapore was full with South African Australians returning home after spending Christmas with the family so lots of families and babies. Even though the seatbelt sign came on and the crew were told to stop serving hot drinks there was no turbulence to speak of and no one could have been happier than me. Singapore Airport – Changi is so beautiful as airports go they even have a botanical route indoors – that’s right you can go to different areas and see all sorts including the orchid area which of course I just love to bits. There are loungers like at the beach to wait for your plane and you could definitely fall asleep on one of those ... read more
May 17th 2012
2012 Indaba Road Trip Jonny took me to the airport at 11 am and dropped me off at the car hire offices. Hannes was there but in the airport getting a good map. Our car was ready I showed my drivers license we re- checked scratches and off we went. I drove the first bit out of town and then we started looking for the great new map – we could not find it anywhere! Oh dear we had to wing it as I could not find the pocket where I had left the instructions! No problem for us we followed our nose down the M3 toward Durban. I had no idea that we were going to go through Mpumalanga, and the Free State before arriving in the Drakensburg. So with Gauteng firmly under our belt ... read more
February 20th 2012
The Silver Bullets on tour - part one, take two! Day 1: Sedgefield Myoli Beach We had planned to leave at 6 am but due to a late Friday night – what with Shabbat and then popping in to wish Carla (my friend from Johannesburg) a Happy Birthday as she came too Cape Town for the weekend to celebrate and that was the only time we could see her – we put back our departure by an hour so and we only left at 7. Our drive was lovely especially once we got past Mossel Bay. We were aiming to get to the Sedgefield Market before it closed but we got there as it was closing and most of the regular clientele had left. We didn’t find anything to buy which was probably a good ... read more
January 1st 2012
Nha Trang to Saigon The Market is housed in a big round lotus like building. Filled of course with so many things that boggle the mind. I am so over shopping and have not done much at all this holiday so if you are expecting a pressie from me this time don’t hold your breath!! You walk around the inside then around the outside. Around and around in concentric rings until you go a little bit crazy. We stopped for a cooling lime and sugar drink outside and watched the life go by. Just love doing that and the interaction by everyone. Something is always going on, someone is always going past trying to sell you some fruit, snacks of various kinds and they are not going past you, you are going past them. The fish ... read more
December 29th 2011
Well even though I was sad to say goodbye to Hoi An as its so beautiful there and I love it, it was time for me to have some beach time!!! As we did not make it to Phu Quoc which I am very sad about, Nha Trang is second best and it was easy to get to. It was only going to be a short hop on the plane – a one hour flight – well that was the plan. We tried to book online and only the pricey seats were left and thought it a good idea to book our flights from Nha Trang to Saigon at the same time but the amount that came through was very confusing (millions of Dong can do that to you) and we thought it would be better ... read more