Onward to Cape Town

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
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Trip End Oct 01, 2008


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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Our flight to Cape Town is easy and we land to Christine Moseley (went to UNC and lived with her twin sister next to Dixon and I in NYU housing the summer after Junior year in college and is now working for Maersk in Cape Town) being all too helpful!  We hit up the Avis and find our car, our hero and our new best friend Chico!  Chico is a 'new' VW that looks like he's from the 80's but drives like a dream.  We head downtown and find Christine by her pool at an apartment complex that could rival any top building in NYC, LA or Miami, and it's in the heart of Cape Town (Mandela Rhodes Place).  We are immediately enthralled by this setting and we decided to join in the fun.  Turns out the building also operates as a hotel, so we quickly got a room and hit the pool to cool off!  Christine's apartment is retardedly nice and she wakes up to an amazing view of table mountain every day, even though the church bells sound off bright and early on Sunday mornings!

After starting (start is key) our laundry, Christine took us to Camp's Bay for dinner at a nice place called Summerville.  We ate outside on a strip that can only be described as looking like South Beach or Malibu, and the sunset is gorgeous to say the least. 
The drive there and back takes you over a small hill between two mountains and with the ocean surrounding everything, the vistas are straight from a postcard.  If not for Christine's sobering tales of being broken into a few times, I would have started to look for a places to live right away!  Back in the 'city bowl' as downtown is called, we continue with the laundry load from hell and head to Christine's apartment as her roommate is having a party.  It's dead so we head to Long Street to hit up a few bars.  Long Street reminds me of New Orleans in that each building has a balcony on which people are sitting and drinking and there are hundreds of people in the streets people watching or doing whatever they were doing.  Mardi Gras was always just around the corner, especially with Christine's renewed warning of safety concerns.  The bars we go to seem really cool with a hip young crowd but the ladies get tired and I bite my tongue about wanting to go out longer as I know we have a long day ahead. 

The laundry machine is a nightmare and I wind up having to wake up every hour to take care of it but at least we have clean clothes in the morning!
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