04 July, 2010

Remind me again which country I am living in...

In the middle of all of this excitement about the World Cup, us Gautengers had been anxiously waiting for one more thing...the arrival of the Gautrain.

I cannot express to you how excited we have been, for this train to start running. Especially since when the final phase is finished, I will be using this as my commute to work...oh my word, who EVER thought those words would be coming out of my mouth...so very 'New York' of me.The BF is already using it into Sandton everyday...and for the last year we have been planing and dreaming of meeting at the station for coffee and taking our trips to work together...and its finally happening.So on Sunday, the 13th June, we decided to all take our first trip aboard the train.And she is magnificent! From the stations, to the parking, to the ticketing system...I kept having to remind myself I was in South Africa.

14 minutes later we were in Sandton....unbelievable!
Our first stop...Starbucks! Yes you read that right.....after all these years, Starbucks has landed in South Africa folks!
We spent the rest of the day having lunch, dodging hundreds of camera crews, laughing and hanging with the millions of tourists here for the World Cup.
Seriously, could these days get any better...
Remind me again....which country am I living in?

15 comments:

Sophia said...

You are so lucky to have had tasted the famous STARBUCKS, I am jealous...

Shayne said...

I know it's incredible isn't it? I think I need to plan a trip to Gauteng to do some of the 'touristy' things that have come about since the WC.

Stunning pics and YAY starbucks!

And how divine not to have to fight traffic daily?

cat said...

Oh I really want to go on the train. Have to make a plan soon.

Ness at Drovers Run said...

That's great - it should cut down on your commute time right?

I'm glad some folks are being able to use it for that. For awhile I wondered about how much use *most* folks would get out of it, if it just went Airport-Sandton and back again. Until hubby (who went on it like the second day it was running - during a business trip) explained to me how it routes.

sleepyjane said...

I haven't been on the Gautrain yet, and this post just confirms i need to do this asap!!

JessicaGiggles said...

I'm so jealous! Every time I think I have a chance to go on my first Gautrain trip, something crops up... Will be making an official plan soon though!

Jeanette said...

We loved the train trip too :)... but I did feel that Starbucks was a swizz, I did expect more

Kirsty said...

Awesome hey? Gautrains, Starbucks... and even Hooters! Who needs *overseas* ?? x

Wenchy said...

...so very 'New York' of me.

You made me laugh :)

brigitte said...

absolutely awesome!!! i will have to plan a trip to jhb to experience it.

Ann said...

That's awesome! I'm kind of jealous ... but for the fact that I work from home so don't need to commute :)

Enjoy the quick traffic-free Gautrein commute!

Bee said...

I live in Durban but I so desperatedly want to go on the Gautrain. You're too lucky!

findingmyunicorn said...

Great pictures! Omg, I can't believe Starbucks is here... I still haven't tried the Cape Town one, but I'm keen too. Was it good?

Perfectly Imperfect said...

you guys just got a starbucks?!? poor souls, how have you been getting up each day!!

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