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6-29-07 10:30 Capetown

We are here, Capetown, just had breakfast after 11 hours of mostly sleep. The sheets are blindingly white, and the mosquito net wasn't all that neccessary as the weather is fairly cold, around 40 f, haven't quite figured out the celcius conversion stuff. There is a laptop in the lobby, ready for visitor's use.


The airline lost one of our bags, we left joburg too early for it to get to us there, so it had to be delivered to capetown. Last night we heard the guard talking below our room. It was here when we woke up, came around 4am.


Last night Liz sat at the table in the room and read through a whole bunch of guidebooks and tourist flyers, and now we have a basic idea of what we will do in the next few days. Today it is looking like a couple hour nonstop bus tour, to give us an idea of the lay of the land. Full day tours to cape point are incredibly expensive, so we are trying to figure out another way to do that. $300 or so is more than we want to spend. It looks like we can rent a car for about $20 a day, and buy the fixins for a picnic at checkers market or some other place and make our own tour.


Angela is very excited about being in a new country. She keeps comparing where we are to home, so far South Africa seems just like home.


Getting adjusted to losing 6 hours on the clock is a bit of a trick. We went to bed last night around 10, woke up around 9 this morning. I have been listening to local radio when I can't sleep. Some in English, some christian outreach, some local hophop, reggae, Bush Radio was pretty good, they played a lot of guitar based 'south african music' and had English announcers. In the morning the programming had changed. The bed is a King, all three of us bundled in with extra comforters, and the space heater on low. The room was once two, probably with no plumbing, but now has its own bath and a bunch of windows. It opens up onto a balcony overlooking a fenced in entryway. The gate is operated by a buzzer in the lobby. The manager is a woman named Lindi. She was here until 8pm last night and arrived at 7am this morning.


Time to do our online research of where to go.

Car rental - http://yescarhire.co.za/

Sightseeing tours - http://hyltonross.com/topless-tour-cape-town.php


We are going to dinner, liz is finding out where to go. angela has found the kids channel on the tv, they have a show called hey sa, populated by some very glamourous looking black south africans. Our hotel has lots of pictures of nelson mandela, and a bust of him near the door. Very old school, high ceilings, rustic furniture, wooden floors, skeleton key lock on the door.

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