Monday, April 4, 2011

South Africa - Arrival and Roadtrip

On a spur of the moment trip Annie and I find ourselves in South Africa for a month. Being our first time in Africa, it feels kind of surreal. Two weeks ago going to Africa was not even on our radar. However after hearing that the flight from Buenos Aires to Johannesburg was only 9 hours and relatively inexpensive compared to other international travel, and the fact that we'd be able to stay with friends part of the trip and Couch Surf the rest, we determined South Africa was something we could make happen on our travel budget. So we went for it, and two days later we found ourselves here.

After flying into Johannesburg we scored a free ride to Cape Town via our friends Jonathan and Wendy. The catch - all we had to do was keep Jonathan's 19 year old daughter Michelle company on her first big cross-country roadtrip back to college. Deal.

Packed to the brim in her tiny Rav4, we zipped southwest across the interior of South Africa. Other than it holding wildlife like baboons, monkeys and other crazy four-legged things I don't even know the name of, the landscape we passed was not much different than that of the south western United States - expansive and desolate.

After covering roughly 750 miles (1200 km) and thoroughly sampling the fast food of South African freeway stops, we found ourselves pulling into the stunning mountains of Cape Town just before dusk on the second day. And so begins our week (maybe more) at the Cape.

a new sketchbook begins...

we past miles of sunflower fields

Currently Listening To:
Song: Bottom of the World (listen)
Artist: Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton (official website)

Currently Reading:
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy

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