When I visited the ISH site to verify that Nap. Bonaparte did indeed die on the island I checked further with the Mail Ship that call on her. The Mail Ship is the only means of public transportation to the island. Here is something for us! During some of the voyages it does a 'there-n-back' from ISH and Cape Town. For instance: Saturday 5 April: Sail for St Helena (5 days aboard ship) Thursday 10 April: St Helena Island (7 nights) Thursday 17 April: Sail for Cape Town (5 days aboard ship) Tuesday 22 April: Arrive Cape Town So, all we have to do is get to Cape Town and hop on. We'd have 7 days to "help David" with the harvest. Dunno when harvest time is, but the ship seems to repeat this trip on a regular basis. Sometimes the lay over is 16 days, not 7. :) Dan homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Dan wrote: <Snip> Cape Town is a beautiful place. It's the center of the South African wine industry and it's not nearly as depressing as Joburg. If you go there to hop on the St Helena mail boat, plan to spend a few days sightseeing. Oh, and you can stay in a five star hotel (Intercontinental) for about $200/night. -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Wow, what a deal!! A $6500 plane ride, stay in a $200 a night hotel, Board a mail ship and sail for 4 days ($800?) and then help pick some coffee. Buy a hundred pounds or so and reverse the trip. Works out to about $350 a pound - who could turn that down? HEY MIKE!!! I'll split a load if you go!
John wrote: <Snip> Actually, the last time I flew (business class) it was more like $10,500. But once you get there everything is incredibly cheap. The same hotel room would set you back $600/night in New York or San Francisco. -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
LOL! Hey, I never said it was a good deal. I saw a flight for under $2000. On the bright side, the coffee would probably be free for the picking. ;) Dan <Snip> Board <Snip> Buy <Snip> go! <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Dan wrote: <Snip> I don't know which city that would be out of, or which airline, but believe me, you DO NOT want to fly SAA. When I flew there regularly, I flew from LA to Amsterdam (12 hrs), laid over in Amsterdam for 8 hours, and then flew another 12 hrs down to Cape Town/Joburg. That's nine time zones and two seasons. And 32 hours traveling. I was sure glad when I discovered the pay showers at Schipol... -- Rick homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
I'm a little closer. That was from Indy on Delta. It's even cheaper from Miami or Atlanta, about $1500. The Atlanta/Delta flight is non-stop. Still, it is going to be expensive coffee. Flying to Kona country for the harvest is a whole lot cheaper. Dan <Snip> over <Snip> Schipol... <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Well, yeah, but if you were considering going on vacation to the wine farms near Cape Town, anyway, then it wouldn't be a bad side-trip. -- Rick
Wow, Rick - you obviously have a MUCH better paying job than I ever had if you plan vacations like that :O) Of course if I had a company writing off the trip to Cape town, it might be a workable deal. Unfortunately being retired really limits my vacations to trips within the country and an occasional cruise around the Caribbean. What we need to do is organize a trip through Central America and do some picking as we go.