Setting up camp in Cape Town

24 Feb

I’ve finally made it to the “Mother City,” Cape Town. My eyes are bloodshot after only getting maybe a couple of hours’ fitful sleep over the last 48 hours. Those homeopathic sleep aides? Worthless.

I’m checked in at the Backpack & Africa Travel Centre and ready to grab a shower, a beer and a bite before sacking out early. On tap for tomorrow: a visit to the waterfront and a tour of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned under apartheid.

Meanwhile, some moments from the journey:
– Ever been on a red-eye when someone a couple of seats over just seems to ramble incessantly the whole of the way? That’s the way it was for me on the flight from Seattle to London Heathrow, so sleep was not to be had. On top of that, he had one of those annoying voices…. British Airways was not all that.
– I somehow got on the watch list at Heathrow and was subjected to the most thorough search of my carry-on imaginable. The guy went so far as to flip through the pages of my reporter’s notebook. That and the general craziness of that airport made me vow to avoid that place like the plague in future travels.
– The new international terminal at Madrid Barajas is beautiful, but why would you build a modern terminal with no electrical outlets?
– Finally a good seat mate! The lady next to me – Maria – on the 10-hour flight from Madrid to Johannesburg calls two places home: Portugal and Zimbabwe. She warned me: “Africa is different.”
– Made it to Joburg pretty much on time at 11:30 a.m. Then another three-hour wait for the last leg to Cape Town on Mango airlines. Joburg is warm and muggy. Changed some dollars in the terminal at a pretty lousy rate. Oh well.

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2 Responses to “Setting up camp in Cape Town”

  1. Paz February 24, 2011 at 9:50 AM #

    Congrats, BP. Keep the updates rolling.

  2. tedpets February 24, 2011 at 5:13 PM #

    How can someone talk that long?

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