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  1. Hostelworld has touched down in South Africa

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments

    Hostelworld has touched down in South Africa

    Jan302010

    Today I left the cold streets of Dublin for much warmer climes. Cape Town – I think I love you already. I arrived here today via London Heathrow. For those of you who may be travelling through the UK’s busiest airport and need to get from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 take note – the walk (there’s no train connection) takes approximately ten minutes.

    After the 11.5 hour flight to Cape Town I arrived at 10.30am. I flew with Virgin Atlantic and enjoyed the flight even though I didn’t have the window seat I booked when buying the ticket. There was on-demand in-flight entertainment so I watched an episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs from LA, the beginning of the latest Harry Potter movie and most of ‘This is It’, the Michael Jackson documentary. I had a ticket to see one of his 50 shows in London so found it a bit sad to be honest. It would have been such an amazing show. After that I slept.

    On arrival I was collected by the backpacker bus and brought to my hostel for the next week. I’m staying in The Backpack & Africa Travel Centre. It’s a great hostel. They organise stuff every day, there’s a bar, and staff are super friendly.

    Toni, the boss, brought me out for lunch after I freshened up. We went to the Eastern Food Bazaar on Longmarket Str. It’s basically a food court that specialises in eastern fare. Check it out. There’s lots to choose from and it’s cheap. From here we went to the Grand Daddy hotel (they also run Daddy Long Legs Hostel) before returning to the hostel.

    I’m tired now so I’m going to go for a snooze before I see what I'll get up to this evening.

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