Blimey - alot of catching up to do - for anyone considering doing an online blog in future can I suggest there is no point unless you carry a laptop (which im suprised to find quite a few people do these days when travelling) anyway my point is is spend alot of t6ime worrying about not having done it and where to find an internet cafe and thenb I get distracted and just dont get round to it so a handwritten diary woud be much more effective!!! Anyway going to update on the last 2 weeks then try and start a hand diary I can bring with me in future as its hard to remeber my name at the let alone what i did last week :)
After we left Swakopmund (sandboarding) we headed south down the Namibian coast (past where Madonna was hanging out to try and adopt the baby for those of you who read the glossy mags) to fish river canyon then orange river (Fidlers creek). The trip was really winidng down and e had the chance to hike sanddunes, jump in the occasional pool and start to get rid of our namibian dollars. Over the Border to South Africa we had a stop at Orange River before heading finally into Cape Town.
Arrival was with mixed feelings knowning that many of my new friends were leaving immediately and it was goodbyes and the start of something new. Before we had to clear the truck however we visited a township in Langa (after disposing of ALL the remaining alcohol on the bus with a drinking game - ther was ALOT) anyway so we wobbled around (fitting in quite well) visited a shabeen (shack/pub) to drink home brewed beer - yuck! and got to look around a few houses - writing this retrospectively its hard to explain how I felt seeing as im now working in the township and im seeing alot more but at first I was a little taken aback but not too suprise4d by the living conditions as it wasnt that disilimar to many of he places I know in Barbados' slums/ghettos - needless to say iot was pretty dire and very cramped and dirty. After the tour of the township we had lunch at Mzoli's meat braii - a great open air bar/restuarant in an adjacent township with music and dancing - i LOVED it there - cant wait to go back.
Starting to sober up and back at the truck I realised just how much stuff I have bought ..... It took alot of help and a taxi to get me to my hostel and I am now proud to say I have shipped 25KG of stuff home ..... finally after scouring the shipping companies the post office actually came up trumps - I just pray some of my crap (cough) I mean beautiful souvenirs arrive .... (and dont laugh you lot some of it is presents for you!!!!) ......
OK so overland trip over ... still a handful of us in the hostel for a few days so its time to hit Cape Town ... woohoooo
RAIN, WIND and pure misery follwed (def got the blues for a few days - thanks mum for telling me to pull myself together hee hee it did work!!!) Seen the mountain from all angles, been to museums, beaches, bars (love Jo'burg on long street) and restuarants (mama africa the best) and been around to Camps Bay etc etc .... but still no cable car or robben island as they were closed everyday due to the bad weather - boooooooooooo so will have to go back for those ...... so thats cape town, new friends made and old friends flown home and now im on my own .... well i was for a few hours anyway ..... next step volunteering .....