PE - So good we went to the cinema, twice!

Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
Trip End Jun 27, 2009

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Jizeleka Backpacker's

Flag of South Africa  , Eastern Cape,
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Not the most brilliant compulsory Bazbus stop ever, we arrived at 11pm and were taxied down the road away from the hostel to 'Faith Alley' our own self-catered cottage. PE at night is about as pleasing on the eye as Chernobyl. It's badly lit, deserted but for a few suspicious looking characters and seems simply dangerous. It's also the windiest place on earth.

The next morning we went to Hobes Beach which is nice, only spoilt by the heavy industrial backdrop, not a postcard scene! But that is PE, it's built-up with no real charm that we have experienced everywhere else we've been. There are nearby Game Reserves but they're out of our price range, plus we're going to Imfolozi Reserve in a few weeks. We window-shopped the Boardwalk, had lunch, then went shopping at Greenacres.

In the evening we strolled to the cinema and had the choice of two films, some dodgy American teen-dance-gangster rubbish and 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', not a hard choice really. It cost R25 for two (approx. 1.75 GBP) In hindsight we should have walked home but it seemed too short, only a ten minute walk I'd have felt safer if i'd done the bungy jump with no cord, what a mistake! Definately a lesson learned there. It does make me angry that the hostel have ditched us ten minutes away, it defeats the idea of the Bazbus (door-to-door). I've never been more glad to get home.

On our last day we wanted to go to The Red Location Museum of the People's Struggle but there is a huge taxi strike that a) would hinder us getting there and b) would make things a little too dangerous, the museum is in a township and the drivers may not have heard our accents, only seen our colour; they are angry at the government over plans for the 2010 World Cup, there have been riots and odd incidents of arson. We opted for second best, the Southend Museum which has exhibits documenting the local area (predominantly Black) during the Apartheid. There was an interesting exhibit on Molly Blackburn, an anti-Apartheid activist hailed as a hero by Blacks at the time.

After lunch, we went to the cinema, again! PE has kept us entertained but we really had to work at it.

Photos to come soon, no USB ports in Chintsa!
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