Said goodbye this morning to our Cape Town couchsurfing host Mark. Thanks for having us Mark!
Then we drove our rental car over to Key Car Hire, filled it up with gas one last time, and owners Gary and Liesl personally drove us to the airport from there. So nice dealing with a small company where the owners are there to properly look after their customers.
Then, we had a two hour wait for our flight.
But we find that time passes quickly waiting in the airport. Always lots of people watching to do, and free newspapers around to do some catching up on the local news. Plus, a half hour of free wi-fi internet access, so that's always welcome in an airport.
We flew with Mango airlines. They're a local South African airline. Happened to catch them with a really good sale a few weeks ago and booked the Cape Town to Johannesburg segment for only R1650 ($170.74) for the two hours flight. Yes, $85.37 each, taxes and everything included. Not bad!
The plane was late boarding though. We were supposed to leave at 11:35am, and it was 12:10pm by the time we got on the runway.
Cape Town's Table Mountain in the background.
Just after we took off, the captain came on the speakers and apologized for the delayed departure. "But that's okay" he says, "we're gonna fly you as fast as we can to make up the time!".
Nice flight though. A few clouds, but overall clear skies until we got close to Jo'burg.
Not that we needed to rush.
Our flight from Jo'burg to New York City doesn't leave until 8:15pm this evening so we've got a few hours again right now to hang around.
And, they've changed our flight a little bit. It was supposed to be a nonstop flight, but now apparently we'll be landing in Dakar, Senegal (Africa's westernmost city) at three o'clock in the morning to refuel. Can't get off the plane though, so it adds an extra hour and a half to the flight time! Oh well. So now we don't get into JFK until 7:30am.
Oh, and speaking of flight changes...
Our flight from Cancun to Guadalajara (that we booked last August!) that we will be taking on March 19th has been changed. Now, instead of leaving at 7:00am, it will leave at 1:40am, with a stopover in Mexico City. Looking at the bright side, this allows us an earlier start to get to our motorhome Sherman, who is waiting for us in Valle de Juarez.
Really looking forward to getting back to our motorhome...and Mexico!
But first, we have three days of fun coming up in New York City! That's where we'll be next time you hear from us. See you there!
Sitting typing today's blog post!