Month: February 2013

v&a waterfront

After church on Sunday Amy, Kaleigh, Shelby and I went to the waterfront in Cape Town for lunch and a walk around.

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We ate at Ferrymans – the food was OK, the only stand out was the potato skins which were amazing! They also had these great lemonade type drinks which came in massive mason jars.

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After lunch we did a quick walk around and found a shop which sold whole animal skins and trumpets – the perfect combination!

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friday night markets

On Fridays there is a market in the building next door to our house. Its held from 4 – 10 pm and sells food, drinks, crafts, clothes and other goodies.

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When I walked in for the the first time I was amazed – its beautiful and quirky inside. The food stands are local businesses – falafel, fresh pasta, thai, burgers, pizza etc – and the quality is always top notch.

They also have dessert stands (cupcakes, gluten free brownies, cakes, tarts etc) which are so so so good. There is probably an even number of dinner and dessert places so you are really spoilt for choice.

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There are always heaps of people there – the place gets packed around dinner time – and everyone is just happy and relaxed. It’s the perfect way to spend a Friday night in Muizenberg.

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This Friday was also the last for Esther (from Germany) and Jacki (from Australia) – they are both heading home this weekend. I have lived with both of them during my stay so it was strange to stay bye!

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mini safari – traveling to and from the cape

On our travels we managed to see a few animals that roam freely in the national park.

There are signs everywhere warning people of the baboons and we were lucky enough to see one that was massive just walking along the road. Carl stopped the taxi and we all clambered over to the right side of the van to get pictures. You can get out of the car or open windows when a baboon is around so it was hard work to get 12 cameras to one part of the van – but we did it!

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We also saw an ostrich by the side of the road! It was really big and just poking its head around the bushes. I thought it was cute until someone mentioned they can rip you apart with its claws.

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On our way back we also saw a few packs of spring box – they apparently come out around sunset which is why we kept seeing them.

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We also found this strange black lizard which we decided was a mini dinosaur/drsgo

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cape of good hope

Once we arrived at the Cape of Good Hope the first thing everyone did was jump behind the sign for a group shot. It was perfectly clear we were all tourists.

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We gave Carl ever camera we had – he was so nice about it but I think he ended up taking at least 2 of the same picture on everyone’s camera.

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Then we went off exploring – the cape is mostly rocks and stones with some rock pools here and there so there was plenty of places to jump around to.

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We got a shot of all the girls and one of Shelby and I before we left – again Carl was nice enough to take a picture on each camera

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I also managed to get this lovely shot of Allison (from the U which I promised to upload for her. Here you go!

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cape point

On Fridays we finish program at 11am so this week 12 of us decided to head down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point in the afternoon. The point is about a 40 min drive from Muizenberg so we all hopped into a taxi van driven by Carl (he takes us to and from program every day) and headed down the coast. One of the best things about this area is that both the main road and train line run along the water – its an amazing view before you even get to where you are going.

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Once we got to Cape Point we found the famous sign and did our tourist photos.

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Then we started the hike up to the point. No one told us there was a steep climb to get to the top and Shelby (from Alaska) and I seriously considered the cable car. In the end we ended up walking though – it was a beautiful view most of the way so it was worth it.

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Once we got to the top we were rewarded with amazing views – some of our group went exploring over the wall – scary! – and then tourist mode kicked in and we got a little boy to take a group photo of us all.

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Then we headed back down to Carl and our taxi and headed to the Cape of Good Hope.

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