SOUTH AFRICA: CAPE TOWN

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Another plane. Another City. Another adventure.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of flying to the other side of South Africa to the world famous city of Cape Town. With great company and great weather, (normally this time of year Cape Town is cold and rainy and, the one weekend we were there, it was actually sunny) the trip was everything I expected it to be!

The day we arrived, we immediately went to Rhodes Memorial before checking in, which honors English-born, South African Politician Cecil John Rhodes and sits on the famous Devil's Peak. Unfortunately the statue has burn marks on it due to recent protests from those who were offended by the colonialism that is represented.

  
Soon after seeing this magnificent memorial, we made our way to the Cape Town Waterfront. Although this was the only day where it was rainy, we had such a great time exploring and experiencing the waterfront. When we first got there we decided to grab a bite to eat at Quay Four. The restaurant was right on the water and had such amazing food!
With extremely full bellies and smiles on our faces, we proceeded to wander around the waterfront before heading to the aquarium and shops. Since it was rainy, windy, and cold, we would run from place to place but I still managed to take in the beauty the waterfront had to offer.
Our second day in Cape Town didn't go exactly as planned but it ended up being a great one. We wanted to go to Table Mountain but there was a "table cloth", a cloud that sits right on top of the mountain, on it causing the cable cars to be closed. So instead we went for a drive down the coastline. We went to Camps Bay and Hout Bay and along the way we saw humpback whales swimming and seals sunbathing.
After lunch at Fish on the Rocks, a restaurant that only serves fresh sea food that they caught that morning, we headed to the world famous Boulders Beach. Growing up in America, I only thought penguins existed in Antarctica, but boy was I wrong. Boulders Beach is known for African Penguins who roam around the beach and swim in the ocean. They were so cute but unfortunately we could only view them from a platform, but I guess that's smart since people like me would've tried to run up and cuddle them!
By the time we were done with the penguins, it was time to head to Forries Pub for the South African Springboks vs New Zealand All Blacks rugby game. With great company, great food, great drinks, and a great (intense) game, the night was, I guess the right word is, great!

After a long night of fun, we woke up to the prettiest day of the trip. There wasn't a single cloud in the sky and it wasn't too cold. It was the perfect day for Table Mountain. While the group, including myself, went up in the cable car, my boyfriend decided to hike it. We all met up at the Table Mountain Café on the very top and began our adventure. I quickly found out that humans aren't the only ones on top of the mountain. There are little animals called Dussies who inhabit the mountain and roam around and, to my surprise, I learned that they are the closest relative to the elephant. How funny! For hours we walked all around the top of the mountain and soaked in the stunning views of the city!
Our last day in Cape Town had finally arrived and since we had time before our flight back to Durban, we decided to go to the Cape Town wine country. We went to beautiful vineyards and attended wine, meat, beer, and chocolate tastings. It was such a great way to end the trip!

Overall, my trip to Cape Town was definitely one for the books. There is so much diversity within one city, ranging from beaches, mountains, the concrete jungle, and rolling hills of beautiful country side. Thank you Cape Town for giving me a lifetime of memories that I will cherish forever.

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