Exploring Cape Town

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 09, 2013

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Sunday, July 14, 2013

14-15th July – Cape Town

We got a lift back to Mac Donalds, where we were only a week earlier, at 12:30 with our bus being due around 2:30. As we went on the free wifi, Laura picked up the BazBus wifi, and there is was, 2 hours early and hidden around the corner.  The driver came in as we were going out and was overjoyed we were there and that they didn't have to wait around; we made sure we sat and ate our Macy Ds before being shuffled onto the bus.

As always, the journey consisted of mainly sleep, though this was probably the journey that there has been most talking during, with a few people being from England, which always make for a better flowing conversation; and when one of the boys said he wanted to be a teacher, that was it!  Laura and I were off.  We arrived about 30 mins from Cape Town at a petrol station where we had to wait the 2 hours that they would’ve had to wait for us, but for 2 other poor folk in the end who did arrive at their pick up point at the time they were actually told. 

We were staying at Longstreet Backpackers, a hostel centrally located in the middle of the city, and on the main party street, Long Street!  This was where Rich was as well, so another excuse to go here.  The hostel seemed pretty ok, literally in the middle of a busy street with dorms that were sort of split into 2; our 2 sectioned dorm even had a double private room within it; very random.  We had planned to cook the infamous pasta we have been carrying around with us since Durban, but there was free curry so we just had that whilst sitting with Rich and his mates Lizzie and Christele and chatting before heading to bed earlyish due to travelling and doing nothing just making you even more tired!

The morning was chores morning; something we hadn’t had in a while.  It involved getting a Mozambique Visa.  We had everything we needed and walked to the embassy just 10 minutes down the road.  All was going smoothly, the forms were filled in, the passports were taken and we were just about ready to pay with my credit card, when he gave us some bank details and said we had to go to the local bank and make a payment into the account and then come back with the receipt.  Seemed simple enough until 1) we couldn’t find the bank, 2) we found the bank and couldn’t pay by credit card and didn’t have enough cash, 3) I didn’t have my credit card with me.  So back to the hostel we went, and the back to the bank, then back to the embassy; we ended up knowing these streets very well.

Having arrived back just as Rich and Lizzie had left for a coffee, we sat and messed around on wifi and were just about to leave when they turned up and we all headed to V&A Waterfront, Laura and I in search of seafood.  And bloody hell did we find it; not only did we find some amazing seafood, it was on a lunch special; 3 courses for 170R (~£12!).  Laura and I split to starters; tempura prawns on an aubergine, guacamole and rocket base and calamari which were both absolutely delicious.  We then both got a seafood platter for our main with consisted of half a crayfish, sweet chilli king prawns and mussels in a garlic white wine sauce with some rice.  And it was finished and made a perfect meal with a crème brulee.  OMG; what a meal – I hope the pictures do it justice!

We then went for a short wander around town before jumping into a minibus taxi back to our hostel.  That evening, mainly due to being rather full, didn’t really consist of much for Laura and I and everyone else kind of went along with it.  We were originally going to go to a bar that was showing a movie on the roof with popcorn included in the price, but annoyingly it was full.  So this prompted us to take over the TV room in the hostel with a multitude of snacks.  And again, Laura and I had an early night with the next 3 days consisting of some amazing tours around Cape Town.  Excited.
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