Friday we had an early start and a long day ...

Trip Start Jun 01, 2002
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Trip End Sep 11, 2007


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Sunday, August 18, 2002

Friday we had an early start and a long day driving - from 7:30am until 5:30pm, so it was time to do nothing. As we drove in towards the capital of South Africa, we passed through some of the most amazing scenery I have scene for a long time (about 2 days). Going from the desserts of Namibia into the lush green countryside of Sth Africa. I look out towards the left of the truck and looking down I can see fields of green, yellow and brown. The fields, different shades of colours as far as the eye can see, strangely form the formation of a chessboard, perhaps a chessboard for giants? As you scan across the fields towards the horizon, your eyes are meet with mountains, these stretch into the sky piercing the floating clouds hanging above. It is weird, the mountains are not like the Himalayas of Nepal or the Dunes of the dessert, but are more like canyons or gorges.

On my left I can see a huge black what appears to be an oil or ink spill, but a more thorough look tells me that a cotton ball like cloud has covered the sun causing amazing shadows to dance on the fields below! At the same time small dams and lakes act as mirrors with the sun reflecting off it! Amazing views. As we enter into the closer regions of Capetown almost out of nowhere you see a enormous mountain (1079m above sea level) - Table Mountain. It is an amazing site to see it because there are city buildings almost at the foot of it! Right bang in the middle of their metropolitan area - there is this huge piece of rock - Welcome to Capetown!

From there we went straight down towards the Cape of Good Hope! The most south-westernly point of Africa. It is quite intriguing to try and comprehend that as you stand on the edge of the cliff or on top of the old lighthouse - you look left and there is the Atlantic Ocean and you look right and there is the Indian Ocean. And talk about windy, on the walk up and down to the beach a number of times I thought I was going to knocked off the edge!!! I spent about 2.5 hours wondering around the area, so many paths to walk through. Thursday went to Augribris Falls, let me tell you that they are not even close to the falls of Zimbawe but was nice to wonder around!

As for Capetown reminds me very much of Auckland or Williamstown in Melbourn, with the waterfront having yachts and cargo boats all over the place. Spent the day wandering around aimlessly being a complete tourist. Have got the knack of jumping into a minivan within 2.7seconds to get a lift somewhere! All fun. A couple of the people on the tour are staying in Capetown for a couple of days and then after that - I am Mr Independent Traveler - you know when you have to count the money that you don't have.

Heading across to Robben Island tomorrow - this the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept for 20 odd years while racist issues were fought out on the mainland. Could be very interesting and hopefully the weather is as good today about 22degrees and blue skies. And as long as the weather is good on Wednesday - plan to hike Table Mountain. It could only happen to me but the week that I am here is the week the cable cars are under maintenance - so my idea of hiking up and then catching a ride down is non-existent! So the 4-5 hours up and 2-3 hours down could be a very long long day. And if time persists might even head down to Simonstown, which is an old Navel town - meant to be interesting.

Then off to Morocco!!!!! Cannot wait, no real plans, no pre booked accom just roll up and see what the Moroccan Gods throw at me.

Even though I am having a ball am missing everyone and would love to be able to kick back and have a beer (oh what I would give for a VB/Crown Lager) - my major concern at the moment is that I might be in transit between Jordan and London for AFL Grand Final day so I might have to get this confirmed and adjust my flights accordingly.


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