Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
213Trip End Apr 28, 2010
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Ah, I knew today was going to be an excellent day! Not that I am a wine expert but in the sense that I do enjoy a drink :-)! Although, there still was the odd chance of being stuck with boring old couples / people - Having said that, sometimes even young ones tend to be dull.
I booked the tour at the Backpack Hostel with a company called African Story which I learnt later is a pun on words with the owner's last name Storey - Pretty cool I thought! The company started about 2 years ago and has 2 main guides and 2 vehicles but he is about to expand.
I was greeted by Bruce himself at 8.30 and found out that 2 French girls I’d briefly met the night before were coming on the tour as well. I got to the minibus to meet Adam and Barbara, a young couple from Canada, although he is Northern Irish originally. We then went on to pick up Andrew
The tour cost 495 Rand - 5% discount if you have the Moola Magic card. The tour consists of visiting 4 wine farms and having lunch and a full glass of wine in a lovely local restaurant / pub. The
I must be honest, the tour is excellent value for money - Each wine tasting would cost about 60 Rand, the cheese tasting was 12 Rand, the lunch with the glass of wine would have been roughly 70-80 Rand, the transport if you hired a car around 300 Rand making a total of roughly 630 Rand if
The day was brilliant; we were all looked after by Bruce. I would definitely recommend doing this if
The way back from the wine tour was just absolute chaos. I was at the front talking to Bruce and everyone at the back was just singing and dancing to some cheesy tunes like "I get knocked
I thought it would be a good idea to go Tamo’s Japanese restaurant as he told me he would be working there. So, Bruce dropped me off near the restaurant but unfortunately Tamo was not there as he had a birthday party – a bit disappointing really but hey at least we were going to eat Japanese. Yummy!!
I went back to the Backpack to get changed and also went for a drink at the bar where I met with Kieran and Brandon – 2 brothers who work at the hostel. Tiffany and Eve arrived and we were off to the restaurant, although there was a bit of confusion as to where we were supposed to meet. On our way out, a guy heard us speak French and stopped us for a chat. He was called Génin and was from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We rapidly got onto talking about “Nicolas” as he said (Sarkozy of course). He was telling me how difficult it was for him and people from the Congo to go and visit their families in France.
As we got to the restaurant, the rest of the guys were waiting for us in a bar nearby where we had a drink. Japanese food is so good, I could eat it all day :-). It also turns out the guy who was
After the meal some of us wanted to carry on but others were quite tired so only Andrew, Claudio and I decided to go out. We went back to the backpackers to ask for advice as to where to go and Kieran ended up coming with us. We took a taxi for literally 30 seconds and paid about 65p – it’s just apparently not a good idea to walk at night!
We went to Long Street – it was closed off and it was fairly packed. We went into a club/bar and
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