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Thursday, January 21, 1999
Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa:
Latitude: 33° 54' 41" South
Longitude: 18° 23' 4" East
Altitude: 50 feet
From Seattle: 11516 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Cat and Moose Backpacker

Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Unloading the Landie (finally!) Cape Town, South Africa

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 651
Linear Dist: 135762
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 184
More stats...
Hotels: 197
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 160
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2289

Journal Entry:
Spent the morning going through my photos again. Then it was down to our home away from the hostel, the customs office. Waited an hour before being allowed to start filling out more forms. Then it was time to go get the car, except the rules prevented the customs official from driving us, and we didn't have a car, and the official couldn't take a taxi either. So because we didn't have a car we couldn't go get our car. All the locals thinks it's absolutely insane to walk anywhere so the customs man just couldn't figure out what was going on. Eventually we made ourselves understood and waited around an other thirty minutes for them to figure out what to do - finally they bent the rules and found us a ride. At the shipping yard we got the Land Rover out without too much hassle - and the customs officials didn't even look at it!

Rest of the afternoon was spent unloading the car, reading, and just hanging out. For dinner went to a very nice Thai restaurant (in our grubby clothing all covered in dirt and mud from climbing all over the car) - it was pretty expensive, but excellent. Rest of the night was spent in front of the TV.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Cape Town
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: South Africa
CIA World Fact Book: South Africa

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