We almost missed out flight to Johannesburg. We both thought it took off an hour later than it did, so that when Karen saw the “Now Boarding” status while we were sitting in the lounge, it was a scramble. But we made it with plenty of time to spare.
We were in another A330, just like the Air Canada plane, but the South African Airways 330 had lie flat seats, meaning 18 in a space where Air Canada had 12.
|Not Air Canada pods, but not bad at all|
|These will do to (the Sauv Blanc was excellent)|
|Canapés. VERY good.|
|Pear salad. That's bread, not a banana, on the left|
|After dinner port & chocolates|
|I didn't know there was an Angola Airways, or that they had 747-400's|
|Pretty track, pretty location|
|I actually found this one on Google Earth|
|The dark spots are diamond mines: holes in the ground|
|A farmed valley high in the mountains|
|Table Mountain on the left. Downtown on the right|
We arrived to our accommodation…
|Bangkok Place Backpackers, complete with a pool. Our room is on the upper left corner.|
|Pretty, but small|
|French-influences in the balconies|
|French influences here, too|
|Brass toilets as public art|
One thing that is strange: some nutbar decide to import an animal he fell in love with on a trip to America a couple of hundred years ago. So the parks here are full of oak trees, and are also full of… Eastern Gray Squirrels.
Today’s Travel Tip: Hitchhikers
Hitchhikers are everywhere, and they are always Black. Pedestrians are all over the motorways wherever you go, and they, too, are always Black. Hitchhikers stand en-masse at on-ramps, but can stand anywhere. Some hold out R10 or R20 bills for some reason; I suspect to try and convince you to give them a ride or that somehow, they will pay you to get a ride (I even saw some holding out apples).
I never pick up hitchhikers ever, so it’s not really that important to me, but if you’re the kind of person who likes to give rides, South Africa’s your place.