Friday, December 31
Cape Town, South Africa
We all went over to the Cape Quarter mall for a late breakfast. Our taxi wasn't going to make it before the breakfast service ended so we all told Darren our dream meals and miraculously they were all on the menu! After walking around the mall we headed over to Greenmarket Square, the African market. Later that day J got a haircut and then we all went to Wakame for our NYE dinner, and then to the bar at Pepenero's to ring in the New Year.
Saturday, January 1
Cape Town & Wilderness, South Africa
|Delicious coffee and muffin at the Blue Cow|
Sunday, January 2
Wilderness, South Africa
|On the Wilderness Beach|
Monday, January 3
Knysna, South Africa
|Tasty mini-muffins from Mon Petit Pan|
Tuesday, January 4
Knysna, South Africa
We slept in and then we all went to Il de Pan, a famous Knysna restaurant, for lunch. We drove to the Knysna Heads for our scuba dive appointment but the water was too rough so we couldn't go out. Instead we went back to Mitchells Brewery for a tour and tasting and then spent the rest of the day at the beach. For dinner we went to 34 South, a bustling waterfront seafood restaurant.
Wednesday, January 5
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
We said goodbye to Ted and Sarah and drove to Storms River for our canopy ziplining tour. The zipping was fun but all the waiting around in the heat was tough, and the 10 zips ended up taking 3 hours or so. After the included lunch of grilled cheese sandwiches, we drove back to the Bloukrans Bridge, the dividing point between the east and west cape and also the location of a 216 meter bungy jump. Fortunately there was a cancellation so D was able to do it! J sat in the cafe and watched it on the tv and chatted with an Israeli girl who also wasn't jumping. That evening we drove to Port Elizabeth, checked into the Wet Hippo Backpackers, and cooked a chicken stir fry for dinner.
Thursday, January 6
Cape Union Mart and returning to our old haunt, Cafe "mad flava" Flavor, in which we spent 12 hours back in 2008 when our flight to Botswana was repeatedly delayed and then canceled. Our love for it was marred as we spent way too long arguing with the cashier about the price of substituting salad instead of rice as the side with Dave's roast chicken meal. The flight to Dubai was long but wonderful. Emirates has possibly the best in flight entertainment system we'd ever seen, with dozens of excellent movies (j watched 4 over the 8 hour flight) and actually pretty good food. We landed in Dubai after midnight (the airport is huge, spotless and looks like a casino) and by the time we got through the incredibly slow immigrations and customs, it was after 2am by the time we got to our hotel, the Ibis Mall of the Emirates. Their whole computer system was down so they couldn't make us a key and at first took us to (and opened, with their master key), an already occupied room that people were sleeping in. Awkward!