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Monday, February 8, 1999
Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) to 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 & Moose

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Today's Travel:
Country: South Africa
Region: Western Cape
Path:Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) - Cape Town, South Africa
Linear:143 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 669
Linear Dist: 136183
Countries Visited: 49
Regions Visited: 184
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Hotels: 199
Friends / Family: 155
Camping: 77
Hostels: 176
Transit: 55
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 2424
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Journal Entry:
Got up early for the drive back to the cape. The drive was beautiful as before, but unexciting (the farmlands could be almost anywhere in the Mid-west, and the mountains almost anywhere in the western US.) Coming out of the mountains the air was very clear and you could look across False Bay and see all the way down to Cape Point. Unfortunately it was the brown / yellow layer of smog hanging over Cape Town was very obvious.

Back in the hostel, hung out with Dean, Craig, and Margaret. Joy has moved out with Toby, Katie, Monica, and Simon - they've all rented a flat above the pool hall (MASH) a couple blocks down Long Street. Joy is going to stay in Cape Town and meet her mother, but it looks like Margaret is going to take her place in the car. The four of us, plus John and Phil from the hostel headed down to Ninos for a long lunch and a couple beers. The rest of the afternoon was spent at the V & A Waterfront, unfortunately (fortunately?) we never made it past a sunny table at Quay 4 - where the six of us drank 8 buckets of beer. I didn't feel like drinking more so I headed to see the new Will Smith movie, Enemy of the State (which I liked). I stopped by the Drunken Springbok to see how everyone was doing in the weekly pool tournament - but everyone had already been eliminated and taken off. I caught up with everyone at MASH, but opted to head home to bed instead of playing or drinking.


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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