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Friday March 9th
I have decided that an hour and a half is nowhere near enough time to get yourself ready for a flight to Australia. I woke up, late, had a quick pack, had a way too long breakfast, had a mad scramble to fit the rest of my stuff in, had several photos taken outside Ashanti Lodge by budding photographer Charlie, bought some postcards, used up remaining internet time, took my bag downstairs only to find a whole pile of clothes underneath it which I had to somehow cram in AND then got on the bus. WOO! I have never been so rushed in my life. OK, that’s a lie but it was absolute madness.
Once we had arrived safely at the airport we had a mission of a walk to claim our tax back on things we had bought during our stay (such as the extreme amounts of Billabong clothes and an extortionate pair of glasses) and then went to check in. That seemed to go swimmingly and we were soon on the plane and underway. However this is where the trouble started. Dun dun duuuuun. Tami excited, as always, about the plane food was grievously upset when one and only one vegetarian meal was delivered to us! Then the air hostess had the cheek to say I had already had one! Yes I obviously had one and was so hungry I managed to consume the plastic packaging as well. That paper napkin also went extremely well with the salt that was provided. Honestly. In the end they brought us another one that looked like it had been dumped behind the back of the plane for three years but to make me feel better gave me not one but TWO of the provided chocolate bars. Took their time though AND no apology. GRR! My customer service at Woolworths was better than that and that’s saying something.
Anyway once in Jo’berg we spent the last of our Rand on random souvenirs and a hot chocolate which Tami seemed to think I consumed in record time. We then played the role of entertaining a cute little baby who I thought was a girl but was apparently called Eric…
Eventually we were on our way to Sydney and I beat my previous record of watching the grand total of two films – Happy Feet (which is quite funny and cute) and Blood Diamond. This is an amazing film and I recommend it to everyone. Plus, as a bonus, Leonardo Di Caprio is in it and he is HOT.
As you can see it was a very exciting day. I am really upset to be leaving Cape Town and South Africa because I had the best time ever here. I definitely want to come back some day and travel to Namibia and some of the other countries. We have had so much fun and experienced such a lot. However I’ve wanted to visit Sydney and Australia ever since I was a little dot so I am anticipating, with great excitement, the next seven weeks.
Lots of love,
PS Mother, can you stop trying to be hip and writing ‘luv you’??? It is not cool.