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Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Agulhas August 26th 2012

Today is the beginning of our backpackers tour of the southern part of South Africa. We’ve called this our “safari” trip, although only one day will be spent doing traditional safari type activities. Officially, the tour is called “Cape to Addo”, and the online itinerary looked amazing. I’m pretty sure that this tour is what sold Yi Jiun on joining me for the beginning of my trip to South Africa. We signed up and received confirmation of our registration. After that, thought, we didn’t hear much else. We’ve pieced together some of the miscommunications, but as of the day before the tour, we didn’t know much more than what we had seen online when we booked. The online booking information indicated that we would be picked up between 7-8am, and it suggested that we would get ... read more
Tour bus

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town August 25th 2012

After two absolutely picture perfect weather days, our third day (Saturday) was gloomy, rainy, and windy. For the first time, I could definitely tell that it was winter in South Africa! On the plus side, I had a great night’s sleep. I stayed in the hotel with Roy and Yi Jiun, which is super nice. They rented a very modern 1-bedroom apartment, complete with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. I fell asleep at about 11:00pm and I slept for almost 12 hours. It was beautiful! After a light breakfast, we had to leave to return the rental car. After that, we would be on our own until we got picked up on Sunday morning by our “Cape to Addo” tour guide. Our plan was to take a cab to the waterfront to buy a ticket to ... read more
The kindness of strangers
Lunch at Quay Four
Robbin Island Museum

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape of Good Hope August 24th 2012

So, I have only been on a few international trips, and each time I am certain that I can beat jetlag. I literally convince myself that it’s a mind over matter thing – If I believe that I won’t get jetlag, I will make it so. So far, no such luck. On my second night, I was wide-wide-wide awake at about 2:30 am. I wasn’t able to go back to sleep until about 5:30. Because of this, I had a lazy morning. We didn’t get going until about 11 or 11:30, when Yi Jiun and Roy picked me up. I decided that I would stay the next few nights with them in their apartment in Circa Hotel. We will be leaving on Sunday for a 7-day tour of the Cape, so that means 2 nights with ... read more
Penguin Artist
Chapman's Peak
Noordhoek Beach

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch August 23rd 2012

When I woke up on my first morning in South Africa, I stretched and took a closer look around my surroundings. My first reaction the night before was very positive. Both Keenan, the man who picked me up from the airport, and the other residents of the AVIVA house were very, very nice and friendly. The house seemed clean and spacious. However, I was very sleepy, and so my first priority was getting some rest. Plus, my room can be shared with as many as 13 other women, as there are 7 bunkbeds. Although only 6 others were staying there (Thank goodness! Otherwise, I may have had to have the top bunk!), some of them were already sleeping when I arrived. There is an understanding that the lights stay off when someone is sleeping. So, I ... read more
Vineyards in winter
Toasting to our luck

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town August 22nd 2012

My South African adventure began with a looonnnnngggggg day of travel! I boarded a plane in Chicago and flew 7-8 hours to Amsterdam. Then, I had a 3-4 hour layover, before boarding a 12-13 hour flight to Cape Town, South Africa. I left on Tuesday at about 4pm (local), watched the sunrise in Amsterdam, watched the sunset flying over Africa, and I landed at about 9:30 pm local. I flew KLM, which was great. I enjoyed being greeted by dogs playing on the beach on the individual TV screens, and I felt sure that meant good things were to come. I studied a little (a very little) and I watched a couple of movies. During my layover, I was pumped to learn that they offer free WIFI for an hour in the Amsterdam airport, as well ... read more
Sunrise in Amsterdam
Sunset over Africa
Capturing the moment

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