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Bargaining in Cape Town

September 7, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Awhile back I was doing some shopping in a local store (think CNA or 7-11) when, to the surprise of the shopkeeper and myself, a tourist started bargaining.  Seems this tourist just assumed that bargaining was the status quo in Africa.  So to prevent you from embarrassing yourself or coming off as...

Navigating Cape Town’s Minibus Taxis

Navigating Cape Town’s Minibus Taxis August 20, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Among the aspects of Cape Town that you’re unlikely to miss (Table Mountain, the wind) are the public minibus taxis.  The yellow Golden Arrow buses may be bigger, the new “MiCiti” buses may be shinier, and the train may be tougher, but the collection of minibuses is certainly more...

Film Festivals and Exploding Towers

Film Festivals and Exploding Towers August 17, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
One of the bigger South African film festivals, the Encounters 12th International Documentary Festival, is on until the 29 August.  There’s a great lineup of local and international films with special focus on “green” films, Reunion Island, and South African heritage.  Showings are...

Springtime and Large Visitors

August 11, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
So despite the recent snowstorm that hit the nearby mountains, spring is definitely on its way.  Other than one of the world’s most fantastic wildflower shows and the lengthening daylight hours, the presence of Southern Right whales is one of the most obvious signs that spring has reached Cape...

Packing for Cape Town

Packing for Cape Town July 19, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
In the build up for the World Cup, Nando’s, a local fast food chain, put together a helpful commercial for visitors.  In true Nando’s form (the company likely holds the record for the highest number of advertisements pulled from circulation), the ad showcased an African “chief”...
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