We arrived back in Cape Town on Saturday and I’m afraid that’s where this adventure comes to an unexciting finish! We learned last time that the Camps Bay area of Cape Town is like a miniature South Beach so we rented a self catering apartment just off the beach where people don’t force delicious food on you. The days of the full English breakfast are finally over and we’ve been enjoying our morning cereal more than we thought possible.
We spent Sunday lying on the beach watching the finals of a beach volleyball tournament that was featuring South Africa’s Olympic hopefuls. It was a perfect day of relaxation and I even ventured into the frigid sea one last time. That night we met up with Gavin Todes, an old friend of Dave’s brother, and had a great evening. We had dinner reservations at a place called Codfather, primarily because it’s one of Samuel L. Jackson’s three favorite restaurants in the world. It’s an interesting paperless concept with the only menu being the counter displaying the fresh raw fish they caught today. You tell them which ones you want and they grill them up for you with rice and veggies. We might have gone a little overboard on our ordering (not that far from one of everything) but it was DELISH. Thanks Sammy, we owe you one.
Monday we were back on the Baz mini-bus with about 17 other sardines to explore the Cape of Good Hope. We stopped first to see the penguins on Boulder’s Beach who were beautiful but clearly not interested in entertaining. We saw one walk for about 15 seconds but otherwise they were pretty much just sleeping on the beach. I can’t blame them! Next we entered the Cape Point national park where we were given bikes to use for about half an hour. This sounded quite nice…until you saw the bikes. As Dave put it, they’re book value was exactly $0; they had fully depreciated, probably years ago. Several broke before or en route but luckily ours were just kinda terrible so we eventually made it to our destination thrilled to hand them over. The rest of the day was spent hiking, first up to an old lighthouse, and then over to the actual Cape of Good Hope point. This is often erroneously considered the southernmost point of Africa, but is, in fact, the most south-westerly point (which doesn’t really mean anything). Still cool though, and I’m glad we did it. The drive back was a bit longer than it should have been as the guide who was directing the driver jumped out at his apartment and left 6 of us stranded with a driver who had no clue whatsoever where anything was. At least his abrupt abandonment saved us the tip we would have normally given him.
Tuesday was our full day vineyard tour in the countryside outside of Cape Town, which, if Kansas had won, would have been an amazing celebration for the $315 Dave and I would have won in two different brackets. Alas, I woke up to Dave’s announcement that we lost, so we had to instead drink away our sorrows. Pick-up was at 8:45 which seemed insane to Dave and I. We don’t even drink at lunch (unlike EVERYONE else in this country), so breakfast was a real stretch! Our driver picked up two other Americans who had just arrived the night before and drove the hour or so to Stellenbosch. Throughout the day we visited three vineyards and one French inspired town for lunch. I was hoping to make it to four but we had a blast and embarrassed ourselves often enough with our complete lack of grape knowledge. Luckily our two fellow guests were on the same page so we were all ok with it. Dave and I are really starting to enjoy wine but I’ve lost hope that we’ll ever develop the sophisticated tongue (for both taste and talk!) that everyone else seems to develop. Oh well!
So, once again we’re having a great time in Cape Town and will be sad to say goodbye tomorrow night! So, thank you for reading our blog and apologies for such a boring last entry! I hope you enjoyed our adventures. As you can tell we had an incredible two months! Tomorrow we’re headed back to the states to embark upon a somewhat hurried 5 week cross country road trip starting in Seattle and hitting all sorts of fun places like Yosemite, Napa, San Fran, San Diego, Vegas, Phoenix, Austin, and Charleston! And then…the real world…finding jobs again…but, we’ll worry about that later…Ciao!