Tuesday, September 23, 2014

From São Paulo to Bombinhas

After a short stay in São Paulo, we headed South.

We caught an overnight bus to a little beach town called Balneário Camboriú.

It took us about 12 hours by bus from São Paulo (yes, Brazil is huge!).

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Checking out the Japanese town in São Paulo, Brazil

South Africa to South America!

After almost a month in South Africa. We crossed the South Atlantic ocean and arrived in South America!

This is my (Naomi) first time in South America so I am super excited! A lot to see and experience!!!!

Our first stop: São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Safari Trippin'

From the moment we arrived in South Africa, we'd been planning and looking forward to this:

A genuine African safari!

On Safari!!
It all started with a visit to the Tourist Information centre in Cape Town, where we got lots of good information from a very helpful lady who had been everywhere around Kruger National Park, it seemed.

Well, now we've been on the safari, and this is what we experienced..

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hiking in South Africa

So we were invited to this group called 'Slowly-up-the-hills' - you'd normally have to be above certain age (fifty to be exact) but we were made special exemption (maybe we look old enough or cool enough? who knows) either way, this is a really fun way to hike with group of people, take some photos and have some tea and snacks at the top.

We joined two Fridays.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Getting Brazilian Visa in Cape Town

Brazil is one of a small number of countries where I need a visa during this trip (among Myanmar, India and Nepal).

Online Form
First entry to Brazil needs to be within 90 days from the date of issue so I had to wait to apply for this visa.

I was a little worried as I was told getting Brazilian visa can be quite time consuming.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our budget update

So before commencing our trip (seven months ago), we set a clear budget plan for our trip. We've been pretty good at the beginning - makes it easier to be under budget in places like Thailand, Myanmar and India.

......BUT as soon as we hit Western Europe, our budget went over.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cape of Good Hope and more.....

Fish Hoek Beach
Boulders Beach
Smitswinkel Bay
Cape Town has some amazing beaches..... 

We were lucky enough to get a beach house in a place called Sunny Cove. ('The Seahorses Sea View Apartment') It's just an hour train ride from Cape Town, along the east side of South Peninsula. 

To our north is Fish Hoek. It's about 15 minutes walk (along the beautiful beach) or 5 minutes by bicycle. It's probably the closest little town from our place here... we'e learnt that this town used to be a 'dry town' - Apparently, they serve alcohol at restaurants now but still no liquor shop in town - which means we have to walk (or cycle) a little longer for some booze! 

For this, we have to go south towards Simon's town, somewhere between Sunny Cove and Simon's Town.... a supermarket called SPAR (Not a 'spa' like we initially thought) or a liquor shop right next to it. 

If you go further South, there is the famous Boulders beach. And lots of cool old buildings along the way. 

If you go even further South, there is the Cape Point!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Animal Day

We've been settled in our little apartment in Sunny Cove, outside Cape Town, South Africa, for about two weeks now, with one more week to go.

The apartment is right across the street from the water, and the ocean here is full of marine life.
View from our apartment