Little Boet

July 28, 2007

So, the little boy got married. It looked like this to me. Well, when I could see that is…

Not long nowDoneMacsaydiesRichYaySpecsHappyShineyFamily

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Home again, home again jiggidy jig

July 24, 2007

We are safely back in Vancouver, phew. We left Cape Town on Sunday morning and got into Vancouver on Tuesday evening. And we pretty much repeated Tuesday too, we left Hong Kong later than we got to Vancouver. Weird, very odd, a little trippy if you think about it too much, but basically our Tuesday lasted about 40hours. Am I younger? Can I change the past……

Our day started with a search for a great final chineese meal. We failed. I pointed at something that sounded okay and got basically part of a whole chicken cut into slices, bone and guts and everything . Cold. With some watery noodles. Yum. It smelled funny too. Yes I’m fussy.

Our first leg was so uneventful that I can’t even think of anything to write about it. We then sat around a very crowed Dubai airport for a few hours. Very crowded, people lying on the floor all over the place, queues of 20+ for the loo and nowhere to sit. Eventually we got on our plane with a large crowd of Ugandans who wore the blankets as shrowds? and then when we landed asked the quickest way to get to China. I hope they are okay. China is not as easy as Hong Kong to get into.

We had a wonderful 24 hours in Hong Kong – I think Andrew will fill you in and put up photos, I really like it there and will definitely go back. Our flight to Vancouver is with a new airline.  In fact, on our way to Hong Kong we were their first flight, so now I think we may well be their most frequent flyers. Cheap, cheap, cheap, but like Kalula for long haul. Little leg room, little food, tiny loos. Plus we had the pleasure of sitting next to a group of hippies/rastas on their way back from Tibet or something, all smelly, playing their hand luggage drums and singing. Oh, and they shared a toothbrush while sitting in their seats. All 6 of them, I thought it was very gross, very. I was very thankful for my noise canceling headphones. We moved seats so they could all be closer which benefited all involved.

It was weird to be greeted at customs with “welcome back”, slowly slowly this is becoming home.

Anyway time to eat, probably my eighth meal in this long day….

Photos to follow


July 7, 2007

That’s what we’ve been doing.  Me more than Claire (sorry if the name at the bottom of the posts has been confusing).  Since our last update we’ve had two wonderful days in Dubai after one more in Hong Kong.  Our gracious hosts organised drinks at the burj al arab which we just got back from now, and I have one word: Spectacular.  Never have I felt like what I wanted was more important.  “how is your drink?” “It’s pretty good, but might be more sour” “well, I’ll take that one from you and bring you a brand new one”.  That was what our PERSONAL bar-dude said.  He brought the bar to our couches and designed cocktails to our desire.  “Something sour, but with a tang”.  Between us we had 10 different drinks including such ingredients as chilli, chocolate, basil, mint jelly, balsamic vinegar and even blue cheese.  Like nothing on earth, I’m quite sure.

The water spout as smooth as glass REALLY blew me away.  Until next time (photos soon, I promise)…

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Day 2

July 4, 2007

Right, another mini-update sans-pictures.  I have taken about a million, so need to sort the corn from the bad metaphor before you see them.  I want to look clever, afterall.

So, the day went something like this:

Woke up, headed for the train station.   This was harder than we thought it would be, but eventually we ended up at the station.  We popped out in Mong Kok (there are lots of koks in Hong Kong.  Wangs too) and after not buying a fake rolex hopped on a ferry across to hong kong island.

Some exploring on foot, including a 55 story lift-ride up ifc two for a birds-eye view, and we made our way to the “The Peak” tram.  What an incredible piece of engineering.  More on that when I put in pictures.

We had dim sum and some slimy weirdness at the top, and headed down and hit a few markets (that can be a surprise).

A quick trip home to change and we were out again.  Drinks at the Starck designed bar (wow – views second to none) and dinner at a funky little sushi place (Claire even ate Caviar!) and we were finished!  Completely broken!  Neither of us kept our eyes open for the whole journey back to the hotel.

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So far so good

July 2, 2007

We’re in Hong Kong. Okay, so technically we are in Kowloon, which is over the water from Hong Kong, but really, its all much the same. One mega-long, mega-cramped flight during which half the plane was in the future at one point, and we were here. We landed at 10:30pm local time, so there wasn’t a ton of time to do things, but we went out for some food (we considered fried frogs – haha – yeah right!) and a drink and a few photos and then came back to the hotel to lie around in the dark. It’s now morning and we’re off for a monster day. We’ll keep you basically up to date and then do a whole big update when we get to SA. See you later

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