A beautiful city for sure
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Entry # 29 – Arriving in Cape Town
Saturday, September 23
Slept better my second night and was totally engrossed in the adventures of Spud. Did all my packing the night before and intended to send my Australian backpack loaded with gifts back to the US before I left for Cape Town. Then I remembered I might need some of the items to claim VAT refund, so I will wait.
I was up early and had breakfast and was on my way to the airport by 7:20. My location on the ranch is much more in the resort area than the YHA area. The YHA area has around 80 high school aged kids who have been in the area for several days. Although they were great kids, I thanked the universe for my location that was secluded and quiet.
As it was Saturday, I expected much easier traffic, which was the case, and we made it by 8:00am. As I had been overcharged on the website for my room, my cab ride was only 100R instead of 200R. As we were leaving the property, I noticed a large shed near the YHA part that I had not noticed before called Super M. The sign indicated that it was a dive center. Funny! I didn’t see a lake or an inland sea on the property. I am constantly amazed where dive shops show up. Water doesn’t seem to be a requirement from what I can see.
I ended up checking both suitcases and I had two small backpacks to carry on, one with the computer and one with the gifts. 27 Kilos of checked luggage but no problems and no suggestion that I pay for excess luggage.
As I had abundant time before my flight, I treated myself to a coffee and a treat and more of SOUD. There are multiple flights between JoBurg and Cape Town daily, even so, it was a wide body with almost all the seats taken. The airplane was pristine and appeared brand new. I asked one of the flight attendants and she said this one had been in the fleet for 5 years. Very impressive. As we took off at 10am, no lunch to speak of, but I did get a cute little sandwich in a box tied together with orange raffia. My seatmate was Mr. Alex Chan from Hong Kong, who was accompanying his team to compete in the 3rd Homeless Football games in Cape Town. This Last year in Edinburgh, this year the competition hosts 45 teams from around the world. All the team members are either homeless or in some type of addiction program. This competition hopes that by bringing all these people together, that they will have a wonderful opportunity and Mr. Chen said that all of his team form last year went back and either got jobs or continued to pursue education. He was very cute and I have his card. The next time I am in HK, I will have someone to visit.
One the shuttle before we boarded the plane, there was a woman standing next to me with stunning jewelry. I commented on it and she said that she was the jeweler. She was just returning from India on a buying trip. I have her card and plan to go and visit her in her house to see her other lovelies.
I adore being met at the airport. It just makes it so much easier. Remo from the guesthouse picked me up and we had 25 minutes before we arrived. The area looks wonderful and Table Mountain was very obvious on the horizon. It was breezy and very pleasant, but I have the feeling that I don’t have enough warm clothes. We will see.
Elements Guest House is in a residential section very close to SANCCOB (the penguin rehab center) and within walking distance to a shopping mall. My room is very cute and clean and not a rat in sight. As we drove it, Remo showed me where to enter SANCCOB so I will be ready to start on Monday. Just a 15-minute walk. I am paying around $10 a night for my room, but need to cater for myself, so I knew that I would be going to the market this afternoon.
Met at airport
Walked to mall that was 25 minutes away for food. How can $30 of food weigh so much? Took my backpack and ended up wearing it in front to save my back.
I am very pleased to have 6 weeks in one location and in a place where I can unpack and not feel that the rats will eat everything. I admit that after the hustle and bustle of CARE, this location may feel a bit lonely. I understand that another volunteer is coming soon and I hope that there will be more at the penguin center that I can do things with.
It is still very chilly and breezy here at night. I will definitely need to go to the mall tomorrow for sweats, sweater, t-shirts and post card stamps. It may be difficult as South Africa is going into summer.
Sunday, September 24
Slept in late – 8 am, and woke for a lazy breakfast. Walked to the mall for and found stamps and other items that I was low on. Was not in the mood for clothes shopping, so did not really pursue the sweats, etc.
Bought a paper and found a coffee shop and muffin and spent a lovely hour there.
Back to elements and finally got connected to their WIFI. YAAH!. I can load my blog from Hong Kong and the baboons and then spend time updating my earlier entries with photos.
Finally finished SPUD, much to my disappointment, as I wanted it to go on and on. White Masai is next.