DAY 26-28 Monday-Wednesday 22-24.2.2010 Cape Town, South Africa
We arrived in Cape Town looked for public transport, but can you believe that there's not public transport from airport to city centre!? We found a taxi and we decided to take the taxi without meter (first time in Africa where meter taxis exist). On our way to the hostel we stopped by a ATM. After all it was the most expensive stop ever! We were ROBBED within an hour since we had landed to Cape Town, South Africa. There were two african men (WANTED: one short man wearing white and one taller with a little tummy. If you see them, award R10 000) who copied our cards and stole our money in half an hour. Rest of the night we spent in police car and station and enjoying Cape Town Backpackers happy hour ;) Hostel is really cool, and best staff ever! Cape Town is full of great T-shirt stores and surf shops, where we spent one day and even bought something. One day we spent in waterfront where is more stores and people singing, playing and entertaining visitors. Nice place but smelling like a fish! Cape Town is place where you want to come again(without got robbed). Surrounded by Atlantic ocean and big mountains. Clean city full of bars, restaurants, and too many things to doo in one visit.
DAY 29-36 Thursday-Thursday 25.2-4.3.2010 Around South Coast of South Africa
We rent a car, we DO rent a car. Our baby is red, space for three persons and three bags, 1.1 engine, AIR CONDITION, it's KIA Picanto(with bad battery)! Our plan is just to drive south coast and jump bungy jump. But we will do much more! By using all the fabulous beachroads next to the sea we arrived to our first destination, Hermanus, place where you can do all the water sports, unfortunately we didn't "have" time. We rushed to next place close to bungy jump bridge, to Plettenberg Bay. It was too late for bungy today, so we looked around and went to Starling village backpackers. The place was really like a home, safe, far away from everywhere, with a big and too cute dog (Mr. Chong Long, Kari's new best friend from the first minutes), hand made swimmming pool, ping pong table (free of charge, like the table soccer and pool table as well!), fireplace, two floor beds and almoust everything. It was different and a think that's why we liked it so much. We also met some super nice american boy, italian girl and south africans, with whom we spend a fun evening;)
The next day was IT for the twins(+two more asks "are you brothers?"), the world's highest bungy jump from blougrans bridge, 216 metres long, up side down, hanging in the air, in the bottom of canyon, screaming for joy, eyes wide open, feeling the adrenalin and enjoying the greatest experience ever! It really was something. Something you will never forget. Never. Ever. Wou! Perkele!
After boys accomplisment we got our little red devil to Mossel Bay, about 150 kilimetres back to cape town. We found a place to sleep, after a little searching and a little discount (thanks to Jenni and her fake ray bans from thailand). Park Lodge Backpackers was like a garden in the middle of the city, with the fish pools (we don't know why?), a lot of hammocks, high and spacey rooms and the funny man with the funniest laugh ever. Finally we decided to do some sports and we choose sand boarding.
On early Sunday morning (at least early for us?) at 8.30 am we headed to the dunes with Liam, our "teacher" who just had had a son and we bet he is the coolest dad in Mossel Bay! We had our expectations about sand bording, of course based on snow boarding in Finland but we all can say that we really were surprised! Sand boarding was the biggest challenge to Kari who hasn't ever do snow boarding, but he coped very well! As he said "I started my snow boarding in South Africas dunes doing sand boarding, I think that's not the most common way to start!" First we tryed a little dune and then continued to bigger and longer ones. The sand board was exatly the same we use in snow boarding, there was the same ties but we didn't have any snow board shoes, only our own shoes and a helmet in head. The sand didn't slide so well, so that's why we went down to very deep slopes and that really looked crazy! (Jenni was screaming and the boys maybe a little as well..) Cos we did this on dunes there was no lifts, so we really got some excercise! (maybe a good thing after those ice creams every day?) After all we really liked sand boarding and it was worth of trying, totally different than snow boarding, and in dunes, just on the beach near the sea, great views ouh yea!
We spend our night in Betty's Bay in Bayside beach lodge which was an awsome place to be!
On Monday we arrived to Cape Town, back home, at least it felt like it. When we entered to our hostel(same than five days ago) guys welcomed us so loudly: my favoured Finnish! Next day we decided to head off to Stellenbosch, area where all the great wineyards exist. We made a wine tour, plus 35 degrees(at least), good group, delicious cheese tasting and 21 different wines to taste! It was a lot of fun and now we know how to taste it for real!
NOW to India, we gotta rush..