Arrived in Capetown-All the Buxton Wakefields reunited... and no we wont be buying vezulla horns!
17.06.2010 20 °C
Arrived in Cape Town after 11.5 hr choppy flight, which we are used to by now, flying over deserts and mountains we flew over the west side of Africa avoiding Libyia and think we turned west over Angola and straight down to Cape Town - I was for the first time held up at immigration in Cape Town with Tom and was the last to be released - They wanted to see my return ticket which I didnt have ..and the immigration officer wasnt buying the fact that Jonathan, who was waiting in arrivals had it- those of you who know me well know I can put up a fight, but sleep deprived, I gave up arguing after 5 mins... Car hired we set off for Somerset West a suburb just outside CapeTown..
Jonathan's Uncle Wally lives here and we met up with him last night for a meal, he lives in fort Knox -a double security gated complex we had to sign in -Security is very important to many locals both white and black. We are planning a trip to Roben island to see the prison and Nelsons cell this week.. really looking forward to it, Wally is joining us as despite living here for so long he has not yet been.
Wally has lived here since 1968, and had his own restaurant in central capetown during the apartheid times -"Wallys Sausage House" .. he was the first buisness to both employ and serve blacks and coloured South Africans with out a licence and told us last night that he was paid a visit by the goverment telling him he would be under arrest if he continued.. he ignored the authorities and we love him for that.... He is a very rebellious man.. even today.. and loves an argument... we had good fun last night, his wonderful wife Evelyn died a few years ago and obviously he will never get over it... wish she had been with us last night.
I have made a huge mistake in assuming it would be warm 24 hrs!! During the day its apparently good- 20 degrees but at night the temperatures plummett and match those in Buxton on a winters evening! ( you can imagine how moany I am about that) ... there is even Snow on the top of the Hottentots mountain range which surround Somerset West.
We are staying with Diane who is an artist and originally from Salford (the same as Wally) its a brilliant place called Penny Lane- there are 6 other rooms and self catering flats here .I can't begin to tell you how perfect it is it is to have hot water and soft towels and a squidgy soft bed!!
As we step out onto our large decked balcony we can look out to the mountains and look down on a small swimming pool.. (Jane and David, I am not sure at what point you will get to South Africa on your world tour, but I reccomend this place.. you can park the landrover here..)
We are here for 3 weeks as we are using this as a base, Jonathan has organised a Safari at Addo Elephant park which has the big 5... we are going to Port Elizabeth after the Camerroon vs Portugal which we do have tickets for, and staying at back packers places en route...
Today England play thier deciding match- Like Ghana, South Africa has world cup Fever ..(no surprises there!) we are going into Capetown with bobble hats this eveing to catch the match on a large screen and soak up the atmosphere- we dont have tickets for the English games... and no we wont buy any of those irritating vezulla horns- in fact I have bought ear plugs.
Some people have asked me to get programmes ... there is x 1 universal programme for all the matches.. if any of my friemds or family would like me to buy them one let me know!
I have asked Joanthan to write the next blog ... they will be less frequent than Ghana unless we win tonight!!
love from Jonathan Tom and Lesley.