Some Pictures of Cape Town

Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
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Trip End Oct 17, 2008


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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Thursday, August 28, 2008

I am getting ready to leave Cape Town and head back to NYC now via Johannesburg.  The weather down here is still really bad so I didn't get a chance to take many good pics of the cape and peninsula.  I am flying to Joburg (as it's called down here...no one says Johannesburg.  Now you are in the know about how locals call two places) this afternoon to connect with South African Airways to NYC.  My flight to Joburg is a Kulula.com Airways flight operated by Comair, Ltd on a 737 painted in British Airways colors.  How's that for confusing?  I hope the flight leaves Cape Town on time because I only have two hours in Joburg to transfer from the domestic terminal, check in at the international terminal for my standby flight to NYC, go through passport control and security, etc.  I am already nervous because of the weather down here.  It's sunny in Joburg at least so I hope the plane leaves there on time to come get us in Cape Town.

My piece of junk rental car is still "running" if you can even call it that.  I was driving in the torrential rain on windy cliff hugging roads in high winds earlier and it was one of the few times in my life I have white knuckled the steering wheel.   Add that to driving on the wrong side of the road without power steering in a stickshift that is tempermental about even shifting and it becomes a fun adventure.  The car barely held on to the roads and the ride was even crazier having a Mercedes seemingly glued to my back bumper the whole time.  I did learn that if you are driving a VW Chico, do not attempt to go up a steep hill from a standstill.  It just does not have the power and you hit 5,000 rpms with a burning smell before there is any meaningful movement of the wheels. 

The good news is that the stickshift only came out of the floor three times this morning, too so that is progress.  The gas pedal did fall off though at some point and so now all that's left is a small metal rod that I have to push with my foot.   Driving through a lot of standing water is a real sound and smell treat since when it hits the bottom of the car, a ton of steam comes out from under it with a bad burning smell.  I have got to just nurse it back to the airport and I am done with it!

My flight on Kulula.com is a confirmed one and not standby and it was only about $40 one way so if you ever find yourself down here, check them out along with Mango Airways and 1Time Airways for really cheap flights.   My flight on South African Airways is standby but there are over 150 open seats still so no worries there.  I just need to make it to the Cape Town airport in the VW and then hope Kulula.com and SAA can get me onward the rest of my way. 

Sorry there aren't many pics from Cape Town.  The weather was just absolute crap and kept me from showing off how beautiful it is here.  Plus Chapmans Peak Road along the coastal cliffs was closed due to rock slides and that cut out a big part of the scenery.  In fact, driving down that road was one of the main reasons I wanted to come back to Cape Town.  The views from it high above the Atlantic are one of a kind in the world and the national park at the tip of the Cape of Good Hope is just phenominal.  So both reasons for coming here crapped out but it was still great just to be back for a visit.  That's just travel...You win some and lose some.
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