Sunny Cape Town

Trip Start Jan 17, 2011
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Trip End Jul 06, 2011


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Hi all,

Cape Town is beautiful. Apart from the glorious sunshine, blue skies and sea, there is lots to see and do although the overall feel of the place is very chilled out. It took us a little while to get to grips with a few things- the crazy mini-bus taxis that jam the horns constantly trying to pick you up on the main roads, the even stranger pedestrian crossing signals that mean go on red man and run like a nutter when the green man shows before you get run over, and some rather aggressive seagulls!

These first few days we have been up to the V&A Waterfront which is beautiful and very affluent, lots of designer shops, restaurants and bars, and had a wander into the city centre of which no map seems to be an accurate representation!

Thanks to Tom's commitment to all things football we also went and had a tour around the Cape Town Stadium which was used in the World Cup. Our attempt to get tickets for Sweden vs Botswana sadly failed, we were looking forward to getting some revenge with a vuvuzela...

We spent an amazing afternoon on top of Table Mountain, taking the cable car up literally through the clouds. When we first arrived, the clouds were blowing over the mountain so you are standing in the middle of a cloud, which is quite a surreal experience. While we waited found a cafe and a gorgeous bottle of red for less than 4 quid, and chilled out with the birds and a very friendly Rock Dassie, cute little animal that moves suprisingly quickly and has very sharp teeth so stroking not advisable.
We stayed up on the Mountain to watch the sunset and moon rise which was honestly spectacular- when we can get the photos on here they still won't do the whole thing justice, it really was an amazing thing to see.

Yesterday we took the ferry over to Robben Island and toured the prison- the guides are all ex-political prisoners and their stories are both humbling and inspirational at the same time. Despite all the awful things that happened to them and the horrors of the prison, they are all very much a part of Mandela's and South Africa's idea of Reconciliation, and full of hope for the future.

Today we are having a chilled out morning and heading off to Camps Bay this afternoon to hang out on the beach before heading back to the Waterfront for a traditional South African dinner. It's a hard life....

We begin our tour tomorrow which will take us off to Namibia and Botswana, finishing in Zambia which should be amazing, but will probably leave us far from the internet for a while.

Lots of love,

Charlotte and Thomas x
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mama on

looked up pictures of the rock dassie....cute..love you x x

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