Chillin' on the Coast

Trip Start Oct 29, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

After several goodbyes in Cape Town it was time to get on the BazBus and begin my journey to Johannesburg. It doesn't take long out of Cape Town - maybe 15 minutes - to see that there's a whole other side to South Africa: the poor blacks living in shanty towns on the outskirts of the city.

I've less that two weeks to make it nearly 1,500 miles to Johannesburg and the BazBus is the most convenient way to go. First stop was a night along the famed Garden Route at Plettenburg Bay home to the world's highest bungee jump (216m). Fortunately, I didn't have time to do it as I was off the next day to Port Elizabeth, a rather non-descript town with really not a lot to do.

It was at here, however, that I watched live the mighty
Southend Utd beat Manchester Utd - Wayne Rooney and all - in the League Cup. Now ManU are quite revered down here but there were a few people cheering against them so once I told them where Southend was and that 'SOU' in the scorebox wasn't Southampton they were even more up for it. The only other English people I met were a couple of idiots from Hockley (near Southend) who had missed the game as they had been playing pool. Their loss, as the game - at least in our parts - will go down as one of those 'where were you when' games. Bring on Spurs in the next round on December 20th!

I picked the bus up the next day and stayed at Buccaneers in the small coastal town of Chintsa. It's a very cool relaxing place where I went for long beach walks, read a lot, and then watched England lose to Argentina in the rugby which kind of ruined everything - much to the locals' enjoyment although that wasn't to last.

Believe it or not - and at first I didn't - I met some people from Leigh-on-Sea also on a round the world trip. He claimed to be my old mate Spencer Prior's hairdresser, but then he mentioned a childhood friend of mine - Mark Hardingham - and I realised he really was a local hairdesser. Spooky.
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