Checked out of apartment at 10am.
Caught an uber to the waterfront which cost about $3US.
Had a couple of coffees and took a few photos.
Bought lip balm after getting sunburnt after walking up lions head.
Had lunch at the pig place in the VA Waterfront. Had the ribs and some chips.
The tour that I had booked for Robbin island was cancelled due to bad weather, so instead I did the blue tour which was a long bus ride all the way around the cape.
After that I went back to the apartment and grabbed my gear and jumped into another uber which cost about 2$US. Then checked in at the hostel and then met up with the guys on the tour for the meeting.
After the meeting me, my room mate and a bloke from NZ called dion went and grabbed some dinner at Arnold’s. I ate springbok shank which was brilliant. It was quite an expensive restaurant and the total meal was 1000Rand.
I woke up early and had a pod coffee and then headed down to Cape Town city to find a nice breakfast place. I found RCaffe which was really amazing. I asked for the ‘Farmers Breakfast’ which didn’t look anything like. Breakfast that a farmer would eat.
After that I grabbed a take away coffee from a church and the found the hop on hop off bus. I don’t normally like using these but I am a tourist after all.
I bought the bus ticket and the cable car ticket and then jumped on the bus. We then went up to the lower station. The line was quite short and it didn’t take that long to head up to the top. Well what an amazing view!
I spent some time walking around and taking photos on the top then headers to the cafe and grabbed a beer. Probably shouldn’t have done that as I’d decided to then head back down to walk Lions Head as I heard it would be a highlight. I also knew it would be. Thought walk, but boy it was definitely tough!
If you’re doing the walk being probably about 2 litres of water. It was 27 degrees when I did it and also in the middle of the day, so to say the least I was hot. I was rationing my water a bit and when I got near the top a pommie bloke offered up some of his water which was ver helpful. I would also suggest not to bring too much stuff and you will get dusty! It was hot when I did it though.
About a couple of hundred metres from the top I nearly gave in but eventually o made it. Well what a view! Definitely worth it, but a really really tough climb. Here are a few pictures:
At the end of the walk I smashed another litre of water and the grabbed a cab back to the red bus stop. The cab driver probably ripped me off but I didn’t care at this point. I then went down to the beach and grabbed a burger and a couple of beers.
On the way back to the hotel I got hassled a bit by some locals. It seems their tactic for money is to tell people that they cannot go on certain sides of the road and the try to ‘help’ you cross the road. Well I had none of that.
I then headed back to the apartment and smashed a couple of glasses of wine by the pool. Definitely deserved it after walking. 18000 steps and going up 36 floors, but to be honest that probably doesn’t do it justice.
Landed in Cape Town and went through pssport control. The lady was very disinterested and stamped my passport very quickly. I then went through the nothing to declare area and was waived through. My driver was there to pick me up with my name on a sign. She then took me to the hotel.
I wouldn’t really call it a hotel. The lady lives underneath the six apartments and I had booked one of the ones with a balcony. As I was extremely tired from the flights I just got the keys and the details from the owner and relaxed on the balcony before heading to bed.
Below is the view from the balcony.
During the first flight there was a medical emergency near me when a lady passed out. She was ok, a nurse was sitting nearby and checked her out. She had low blood pressure.
Another passenger was also locked in the toilet and the Emirates hostesses had to essentially rip the door down.
The flight was 12 hours long, way too long for my liking. Food was nice though, can’t remember what it was.
Bought a coffee at Dubai airport on Visa card as I didn’t want to get local currency as change. Checked my back statement and it ended up being about $6AU.
I also went to a currency exchange place to change my USA and ZA currency into smaller bills, they obliged with no fuss. I would recommend this at Dubai airport as there are a lot of currency places as it is huge. There was no cost to split into smaller bills.
Spent about $18AU on a shower at the GForce gym. This was money well spent. The cubicles were a little small, however it was really nice to have a hot shower after the 12 hour flight.
The second flight was better and was ‘only’ 9 hours. Which I thought would be a walk in the park, it wasn’t. Felt like it took forever. The Emirates service on both flights was excellent as usual.
When replying to emails I generally believe that any email should be a maximum of three sentences. Anything longer than that will mean the person has to go out of their way to read, process and reply. Any information that is longer than three sentences should be added to a document and send as an attachment.
Every six months I still go through the process of having a review of my current health and the impact on the tumour and associated chemo and surgery. I had my MRI scan earlier in the week and went to my doctor a couple of days later. The positive news is that there has been no change in the tumour size or type. The specialist then suggested that we have another review in another six months. I also have a neurology yearly review booked for next week. So all in all, everything’s going well.
Here are a few of my favourite coffees. Check out my Instagram account for a few more examples: http://instagram.com/mytakeoutcoffee