Although I got sick the night before and the morning we flew, the hour and a half (ish) flight to Cape Town
was okay and Cape Town was sunny and warm! After days of cloudly, drizzly, gloomy Jo'burg it was a joy to finally get in summer weather. And best of all, Maura got her luggage back! We drove by the beach towards Muizenburg in high spirits (well I was in high spirits, almost everyone else was asleep- we had to get up at 6AM), passing Khaylitcha, the huge informal settlement outside of Cape Town. We got to the funky Sonstraal guesthouse, located across the street from the beach. It felt nice to live in a home rather than a lodge, and in Cape Town we really got to bond. Four of our rooms had a balcony that connected, and me and Maura's room connected with Harlan and Ron's from the inside too!
We were going to go to Table Mountain
, but decided to go the next day instead.
We went to Pick-N-Pay to get food, and Janet (professor/mom) said she would cook dinner for us one night. When we got back to Sonstraal we threw on our bathing suits and went to the beach. Maura, Alyssa and I frolicked in the semi-warm water for awhile and then crashed down on the sand. I had no idea what the others might have been thinking, but I was so ecstatic to be in South Africa at that very moment. To travel is such a gift, and South Africa was by far one of the most rewarding trips I have ever taken. After doing some beach yoga we headed back to the hotel and got ready to go into Cape Town.
We got an informal dinner and then met up at University of Cape Town to see Mirror, Mirror
(http://www.baxter.co.za/drama.htm) a hilarious social commentary. It was great and although many of us were skeptical at the beginning we all wound up really liking it.