27 October 2006

two weeks in the Western Cape...

Soon, you will be reading about our adventures in Western Cape (province), South Africa. I've decided to do this trip report in a different way than the "usual" day-by-day report. You'll see what I mean eventually...

I'll start by going a little bit "backwards" - a report about our trip home. I wrote this on the 8th of October, in my other blogs, but it's a good way to start this particular travel blog ;-)

Here goes:

Not quite sure how I feel right now... this was probably the best holiday I've ever had, and at the same time it's kind of nice being back here. We'll see how I (and RoF) feel after getting up at 6 am to go to the g-y-m, with the following return-to-work routine, the rest of the t-r-a-i-n-i-n-g routine, the d-i-e-t (damn, the food there was so good, and the portions were so huge! And don't get me started on the wine!)...

We almost didn't make it back today at all. We were supposed to fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg and then to London and Oslo, starting Saturday afternoon. But shortly after we checked in, we got a message saying that the flight from Johannesburg to London was delayed by 24 hours! And this message was via SMS on boyfriend of feitpingvin's mobile... apparently they tried to page us but we didn't hear anything (of course it has nothing to do with the fact we were sitting in a noisy sports pub drinking wine and watching the rugby)... and then they tried to call him on his mobile but he couldn't hear anything... and finally the SMS...

Panic set in and we were running back and forth between the domestic and international terminals to the various British Air desks, and we were finally told that we were rebooked on a flight out of Cape Town that night and that we just had to collect our luggage and re-check them in. We got boarding cards for Cape Town to London and were good to go...

*whew*

As much as I loved it in the Cape Town region, and as much as I would like to see Johannesburg, I really can't afford to arrive later than expected and have to miss a day of work. And being stuck in transit like that sucks no matter what... urgh...

When we got to London, we had less than an hour to get to our gate, and of course they only had ONE security lane open and tons of people going through the security check to catch a flight IN THE SAME FUCKING TERMINAL... and of course they were stopping people with hand luggage full of cosmetics, perfumes, gels, liquids, and other shit... and of course all these people didn't know about the ban (after being exposed to poster after poster, sign after sign telling about the ban - you can't fucking miss them. They're all over the fucking place!)... And let's not get started with the people who were asked "do you have a laptop in your bag?", only to stare back blankly, and then having to take their fucking laptop out of their bag after it went through the x-ray once, delaying everyone...

So nice that some people have hours before their next flight...

Poor boyfriend of feitpingvin was targeted for a random search of his rucksack, behind all the idiots of course... I only got frisked by an ugly woman... what a downer... :-P

But now we're finally home. We're relaxing and listening to one of our last-minute purchases now. Beautiful Creatures. We found out about this CD series (Beautiful Creatures, More Beautiful Creatures, Even More Beautiful Creatures) kind of randomly - while driving the rental car back to the airport, there was a reportage about it on the radio. It sounded kind of fun and charming (it's actually targeted for children) so we looked for it at the airport and found it! Too bad we didn't know about it earlier, as we could have gotten it for much cheaper at a regular CD shop in town. Oh well... :-P The song that "sold" us is called "Harry the Hungry Hadeda", which is on the More Beautiful Creatures CD ;-)

(Looks like you might be able to listen to it here - haven't tested it. Let me know if it works or not if you try it.)

I'll write a proper trip journal and get the pictures set up later on, and use a separate forum to do this, as the report will be quite long. I will write some of the highlights/teasers here. Later on of course ;-)

Ooops - forgot to mention that our luggage didn't make it from London to Oslo. I hope it gets here tonight. If it doesn't, I'll probably have to work from home tomorrow, in case they send it here during the day, and I would rather go to the office. And I want my (and boyfriend of feitpingvin's) 8 bottes of wine! :-)

Update: Luggage here!

4 comments:

bettiwettiwoo said...

For whatever reason, the mp3s for 'More Beautiful Creatures' won't work (for me) even though the ones available for 'Beautiful Creatures' do.

feitpingvin said...

I've written to the person(s) responsible for the site about that, but I haven't gotten a response yet :-/

Anonymous said...

Interesting your favourable rating for the Drostdy-Hof Chardonnay (BTW, a slight misspelling there.) Because you don't mention the relative prices of the wines you tasted. That Chardonnay is one that I buy occasionally in my local (S.A.) supermarket, because I think it's great value at about R23. Relatively strongly wooded. And definitely in the lower-priced bracket. So that's an added attraction!

feitpingvin said...

No, I didn't include wine prices. I don't really see any point in doing so. You can get fabulous wines for next to nothing or for loads of cash, and you can get crap wines for next to nothing or for loads of cash. The chardonnay was a very nice table wine and got a favorable rating for that, but I would probably choose something else for a gourmet evening...