I took again advantage of the unusual fantastic weather to hang out and take a few pictures from Capetown. I have been to the Greenmarket square which is an open air market where you can buy african crafts at relatively decent prices unlike the thousand of luxury shops in town selling the same items for 10 times the price (and of course bargaining is de rigueur at the open market), to the Waterfront, the aquarium (R50), and the Gold Of Africa museum (R20).
After trying to reach Cathay Pacific for 3 days using every possible phone number, the travel agent managed to have someone this morning and confirm the booking. I shall be in Hong-Kong by july 18 and will try to stay at the YMCA until saturday.
I managed to do a pretty decent pictures update for july, I hope you will enjoy them. They might be the first landscape pictures from south africa I took On the airline side, this is still a total mess thanks to Cathay Pacific. I called all possible numbers on South Africa to have no one answering. I came back to the travel agent I saw saturday and same results, she managed to be in the queue line but could not got past it one hour later. I sent a complain to Cathay Pacific to tell them how I like the way I need to confirm flights with them in SA.
I have a hard time booking flights to and from Hong Kong as they are all fully booked in M class. I had one available on monday but the Capetown-Johannesburg flight was fully booked. I’m due to leave on thursday but have to wait until saturday to get my connection to Cebu, Philippines. I will have to reconfirm this on monday with Cathay Pacific as they were not open on saturday and the BA agents were the most clueless people on Earth. Stay tuned for more news. I will probably use these 2 nights in Hong Kong to sort out if this is a right time to flight to Philippines and Thailand or if I should start with Indonesia. I have met several people here that were in Thailand during July and August and this seems quite good on the east coast.
I managed to be at the Capetown stadium for the rugby match between South Africa (Springbok) and Australia (Wallabies). It was the opening match of the Tri-Nations championship (South Africa – Australia – New Zealand) and there was a fantastic atmosphere. It is hard to say whether the stadium was full of South Africans but it looks like nearly all tourist backpackers in town were there because of the good deals we had on tickets (R80, standing seats). The locals and the press were kind of pessimistic about the results, but the Springboks managed beating Australia 26-22 with what is said to be the best try in the Springbok history.