Articles by iminglin

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”...

Snack Time

Snack Time July 8, 2010 | Food, Travel Tips | Read More
So you’re hungry and out exploring Cape Town with just enough time to hit the supermarket for some classic Cape Tonian snacks.  What to try??  How about: 1. Biltong aka dried meat of some animal.  Some people prefer it to jerky, others find it too tough.  Variations on the theme include droewors...

Vuvuzelas and Sleepless Nights- Opening Day!

June 11, 2010 | Events | Read More
It’s hard to miss that the World Cup is upon Cape Town- with the townships, City Centre, and Fan Parks partying away and vuvuzelas raging all night in many areas, Cape Tonians are ready to celebrate!  I must say, while I’m not the biggest soccer fan, I think Fifa, in some senses got it right. ...

Showtime in Cape Town! Less than 2 Weeks to the World Cup

Showtime in Cape Town!  Less than 2 Weeks to the World Cup May 30, 2010 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
The stadium is ready, BRT is running, new highways are neat and tidy, airport construction has finished, and the street vendors are stocking up on flags and weird elastic rear view mirror flag thingies (the locals need to afford some legal non Fifa gear somehow).  So, regardless or whether you’re...

Safety in Cape Town, What’s the Real Story

May 21, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Word on the street is there’s some major South Africa bashing going on in European media, particularly in relation to crime and safety during the World Cup.  While American reporters seem to be less paranoid or perhaps less biased, safety is generally on the minds of most visitors  (and locals)...

Between Games in Cape Town- Downtime During the World Cup

Between Games in Cape Town- Downtime During the World Cup May 3, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
You’ve booked your tickets, found a place to stay, and have airplane tickets in hand.   While you know where you’ll be on match day, what are your options between games?  Here are a few suggestions (within walking distance/a short drive from the stadium) for before, after, or between games...