Friday, November 28, 2014

Not exactly a lazy time in Cape Town.

SA Blog Awards Badge
It is that time of the year again.
Time for YOU to help me get to the Number 1 spot for 2014.
How do you do that?
The public vote phase will run from Tuesday, 25 November 2014
 until Wednesday, 31st December 2014 at 23:59
When you click on the VOTE badge,you will be directed to the SA Blog Awards website. 
Your vote for my blog will automatically be entered.
IMPORTANT!
Voters will be sent a confirmation email, 
which they have to respond to in order to confirm their vote.
You can only vote for one blog per category.
Please use your vote wisely.
Should you decide to vote for another blog in the same category I will lose your original vote, 
as your  new vote will override your initial vote.

Time to pack my bag again.
This time only hand luggage.

I was using this new low-cost airline.

Even though the wind was intense,
it was a great landing...

Behind these walls of the iconic Arena Theatre,
students will be performing tonight.
My hope is that this will be there first step into the industry.
In theatre tradition, I would like to say:
"Break a leg"...

I did not know that I would be doing a photo shoot
Luckily, I always travel with my camera gear. 

This was the reason I had come to Cape Town.

Jayne with her cast.
Although they look jovial,
knowing my child like I do, 
I have a "suspicion" that the play will be dark and meaty...

And speaking of dark...
Intense subject matter

Jayne was brought up in the "old-school" theatre tradition.
Hence, opening night gifts for her cast
And hand written "cards", in the form of old photographs, to go with them
I do hope that these 2nd year students keep these tokens 
and remember this night in years to come

Not one, but two productions on the same night

Mark, the director interacting with his cast.

And the cast...

I got to spend some time with my daughter before opening night.
We spent the morning in Kalk Bay...a favourite for us both
What was she on the lookout for?

This slice of cheesecake at the Kalk Bay Cafe perhaps?

How many sailors have passed this lookout point at the entrance to Kalk Bay Harbour.
I wonder how many of those never returned...

How many waves have crashed over these surfaces?

And who placed this mosaic heart here...and why?

Not quite in the mood to perform.
Perhaps it is because it was only me taking a picture?
Do they only perform for crowds?

I really liked the cloud formation

Jayne and I though that this looked like a bulldog...

My experience with this carrier on this flight was a very positive one.
I do hope that they continue to keep the standards that I observed
and that South African flyers will become aware of the options that are available to them.
The current routes include Jhb-CT-George-Port Elizabeth.

My travelling companions.
Justin, the Gnome, Kwand-hare
and the "travelling heart" from my daughter...

"Travel & Things" was an entrant in this competition.

          


All images are the copyright property of  and may not be used without permission
Follow me on Twitter: @davidbatzofin
Visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/david.batzofin
Travel & Things has it's own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/travelandthings

Thursday, November 27, 2014

I experience the pleasure of low cost flying with FlySafair

SA Blog Awards Badge
It is that time of the year again.
Time for YOU to help me get to the Number 1 spot for 2014.
How do you do that?
The public vote phase will run from Tuesday, 25 November 2014
 until Wednesday, 31st December 2014 at 23:59
When you click on the VOTE badge,you will be directed to the SA Blog Awards website. 
Your vote for my blog will automatically be entered.
IMPORTANT!
Voters will be sent a confirmation email, 
which they have to respond to in order to confirm their vote.
You can only vote for one blog per category.
Please use your vote wisely.
Should you decide to vote for another blog in the same category I will lose your original vote, 
as your  new vote will override your initial vote.

No sooner had I returned from a trip to Spain and Portugal
than I was back at ORT...
This time in domestic departures, 
about to board the "newest" low cost airline currently flying in South African airspace.
FlySafair. 
They have only being flying since October 2014, 
however they must be doing something right as the flight was almost fully booked.

The international definition of a "low-cost" airline states:
"One where passengers are allowed two pieces of hand luggage 
with a combined weight not exceeding 7kg.
Any baggage over the limit has to be checked in and payed for".
I did hear a couple of passengers complaining, 
but they were made aware of the terms and conditions via the website
AND the ticket that you print out.
So, no excuses if you are trying to get an extra kg or two onto the flight and get "caught".

Time to board.
Although several  rows were told to enter through the rear of the plane,
the steps there were being removed as we arrived 
and a queue formed at the front entrance.
The banter was jovial, and none of my fellow travelers seemed too stressed by this inconvenience.

Even though the majority of passengers were travelling with hand luggage,
there was ample space in the overhead lockers.

The in flight magazine was interesting and informative.

When was the last time passengers were allowed to smoke on an aircraft?
Certainly not in the 21st century.
So:
 a] why do staff STILL make the no smoking announcement
and 
b] Why do aircraft still have "No Smoking" signs?
Certainly if these were eradicated there would be a cost saving?

The business end of the plane...
A great crew on my flight...
AND...
more importantly, 
I could understand EVERY word that was spoken over the intercom.
WELL DONE.

Own up...
How many of us want to do the safety briefing?
I know that I do!

Goodbye Johannesburg,
next stop Cape Town.

I noticed that many of the passengers were asleep even before we had taken off

If you have never been into the galley,
this is what stops the carts from "escaping"...

One of my fellow flyers enjoying the magazine.

Time for a snack and a drink.
I suggest that you carry enough small change so that there are no problems when you order.
Tea, coffee, water and some alcohol is available.
Biltong, crisps and chocolate are also on offer

Not a normal view,
but an interesting one for for me never the less

And to prove that I was busy at 35000ft.

So were the crew.
The flight duties are not complete until the paperwork is done.

Our destination...Cape Town!

We were asked to place our seat belts neatly on our seats before leaving.
Do I get points for this attempt?

See you again soon...

My version of a Dali portrait.
Taken outside Cape Town International Airport.
And no, dear reader, this was not induced by any "substance"...
Merely a reflection in the metal back of a bus shelter


My experience with this carrier on this flight was a very positive one.
I do hope that they continue to keep the standards that I observed
and that South African flyers will become aware of the options that are available to them.
The current routes include Jhb-CT-George-Port Elizabeth.

My travelling companions.
Justin, the Gnome, Kwand-hare
and the "travelling heart" from my daughter...

"Travel & Things" was an entrant in this competition.

          


All images are the copyright property of  and may not be used without permission
Follow me on Twitter: @davidbatzofin
Visit my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/david.batzofin
Travel & Things has it's own Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/travelandthings