Arrived in Cape Town

July 2, 2008 - Cape Town, South Africa

After more than 24 hours or so of traveling, we arrived in Cape Town at 4pm this afternoon.  South Africa is 6 hours ahead of the eastern time zone in th U.S.  Not much to report so far.  Cape Town is a fairly sophisticated city, though we passed many shanty towns on the way from the airport.  The city itself reminds me of San Francisco:  it's never too hot or too cold, has mountains nearby, fog rolls in daily, and it's on the water.  It even has Robbins Islands which is a prison where Nelson Mandela stayed - similar to Alcatraz.  Our hostel, the Sunflower Stop, is not quite as nice as the web site makes it seem.  But the showers are hot, so it will do.  We just got back from dinner at some random Cuban restaurant we found, and tomorrow, we will have all day to explore before flying to Namibia on Friday.  More to come!


Kathy Linville:
July 2, 2008
Glad you're there safely! I would have expected more than a 6 hour difference. Alex is 11. Better check up on my geography. Take care and be well. Oh, and thanks for the lovely thank-you note. We couldn't be prouder of both of you.

Love Mom L
July 3, 2008
This is really great, following along on your trip. It was so great being with both of you and Erin's family in Chicago. Have a wonderful, safe trip. Remember that you are very important to all of us.
Joshua Gentine:
July 3, 2008
Have an amazing trip you guys! There is a saying that I learned while living in Tanzania: "If you go to Africa with a hard heart, it will soften it. If you go with a soft heart, it will break it. And if you go to Africa with a broken heart, you will never come back." It holds true for everyone that visits - I will be interested to hear where your hearts are...
Be safe and wear your rain poncho at Vic Falls - it is a hell of a mist when you peer over the edge!
Alys Aichele:
July 3, 2008
I will be so interested in your trip and will check the blog periodically.
Kim Reynebeau:
July 3, 2008
We will read your blog to Ben. We're following your experience and look forward to your updates. Ben is with you in spirit!
Jenny O.:
July 3, 2008
I am going to come to The Sunflower Stop tonight for dinner - see you guys there!
:) Glad you made it safe and sound. Can't wait to read up on all of your adventures!
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