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Thursday, January 28, 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: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 658
Linear Dist: 135807
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 184
More stats...
Hotels: 197
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 167
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2345

Journal Entry:
Walked up to the store and bought milk and cereal - it was awesome, first time in over five months. I'd forgotten how much I like milk. Hung out at the hostel comparing versions of what everyone remembered from last night. Dean, Joy, and I walked down to "our" internet cafe but it was full so we went to a more expensive one down the street. I decided to go back to the regular one and Dean walked with me most of the way. At one point we went by a large crowd of people and acres of crime scene tape, but we couldn't figure out what was going on. Much later we found out that we had walked by the police station just an hour after a bombing. Five people were hurt - this is a very strange place, but the weirdest part is that it doesn't seem that strange any more.

Went out with Dean, Craig, Joy and some others from the hostel to some bars at the waterfront. After we got there I decided I really didn't want to drink tonight (I was still feeling the lingering effects of last night), so I left everyone and went to a movie. Most of the movies were sold out (half price tickets tonight) - so the only movie I hadn't seen was The Opposite of Sex. It was actually a lot better than I feared, so no regrets. Back at the hostel the others were still out and I started playing pool. The others came in shortly after two but I stayed up until five (again!) playing pool and hanging out with some Argentineans from the hostel.

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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