Bloody BA Strikes.... grrrrr

Trip Start May 06, 2010
Trip End Dec 17, 2010

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Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Well I got an email from Real Gap at the weekend telling me that due to BA strikes my flight to Toronto from Heathrow had been re-scheduled.  When I looked at it I had been changed to a 12 noon departure to Toronto, only problem is that my flight from Dubai doesn't get into London until 12.15! So I have obviously emailed them to that effect although I think they should have worked that out for themselves really!!  They are now saying that BA are only doing 2 flights and if I can't make that one then I have to go the next day so a night on the floor at Heathrow it is then because I certainly haven't budgeted for a London stay over.

I have asked if BA can transfer me to another airline then due to the fact they would be putting me out of pocket so I'll see what they say later on.

Stupid BA staff are killing BA.  Don't understand them at all they should wake up and realise the world is in a recession so a pay rise is a bit out of the question- dumb asses!

Rant over... will keep you updated as soon as I know.....

On a brighter note I visited the actual harbour area of Hout Bay in my last few days and visited Duiker Island which has a massive seal colony.  It was really cool to see the seals, they are so cute.  I had a good rummage around the market at the harbour where you can barter for goods but didn't see anything I fancied there, although there is a very nice craft store there with some nice things.  It was a bit over my budget for the nicer items but well worth a visit.  The bay also has a lovely sandy beach and lots of seafood restaurants so a good place to go for a lunch time visit out of Cape Town.

That afternoon I went back to the homework club as I got a lift to Hout Bay from Kevin as it is near the school so I got a lift back as well for my own convenience.  It was nice being back at the homework club and I actually really missed it and the school in my last week.  I had already spent my whole S Africa budget due to camera issues so couldn't afford to do much.  I wandered around Cape Town and the Gardens in the city centre which are very nice.  I eventually found some souvenirs to take home and it was at Hout Bay!  There is a shop there which sells goods which are made out of (or with) dried tea bags.  Sounds odd but the things are really pretty so I got a set of coasters and a tea pot stand which are all really decorative and not a hint of tack!!  The best thing about it though is that people from the township benefit from the shop as it employs the women to help make the items so my money has gone back to the people I have been with for the last 4 weeks- perfect!!  I also bought a painting from the township.  They have a small town hall there and it has an art shop in it.  I had to barter for a reasonable price but have a painting of a scene of the township and again the money has gone straight to them.  I was well happy with my purchases!! 

On my last night we all went for a meal at Cafe Africa.  It was fab!  There is a set menu in operation and you get given either 14 or 18 different dishes of food.  The waiting staff tell you what each dish is and if you like it and want more then you get as much as you want.  There was a soup entree followed my several starters, mains and a dessert.  Half way through the meal the staff put on a show by entertaining the diners with music.  They were all fantastic singers and they were playing traditional African drums.  It was really cool.  The meal was the priciest we had in Capetown but considering the amount of food we had, exceptional service and entertainment it was well worth it. I would highly recommend anyone to dine there, it is a totally different vibe from Mama Africa which is more of a party place and I think better.  We were supposed to go to Dubliners (as is compulsory for a volunteers leaving night),  but we were all so stuffed the thought of dancing wasn't appealing and anyone who knows me and how much I like to dance will appreciate just how stuffed I was!!  Instead we had a couple of cocktails at Cape2Cuba which is great place for a chilled out good cocktail and headed home. 

Souvenirs found and a great last night I am definitely all set for Canada.

My top picks of Cape Town:

Mustang Internet Cafe at Kloofnek- ridiculously cheap, can skype, scan and fax as well as internet and it is licensed.  They have camera on the computers for skype and each desk has 3 USB ports so you can charge your phone etc as well which is really handy when you're backpacking.

Cafe Africa- as above, fantastic night out.

Cape2Cuba, Long St.  Really nice cocktail bar which is the equivalent of 3 quid per cocktail!  Loads to choose from and it's really chilled out with nice staff.

Dubliners, Long St- night club with a mix of live music and DJ.  Plays all the classic cheesy tunes.  Great atmosphere and a really good laugh.  Has a bouncer who kicks anyone out at the slightest inkling of trouble so totally safe as well.

Table Mountain- you have to climb this if you go to Cape Town!

Cape Point drive- you only need a day and the scenery is stunning.  If you're not comfortable driving then hire a taxi as we did.  Speaking of which Ricky's taxi's are the best by miles. Take in Boulder Bay along the way and see the penguins.

Lions Head peak- I didn't do this but my fellow volunteers did and they all loved it.  Great views and there are is a collection of ropes and pulleys that you need to navigate to get to the top which is good fun!
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