Cape Town... the power of the sea & the rocks
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Everyone told me I had to go and visit Cape Town so I did... there were a lot of things to discover like Table Mountain, the wine region, the city with all of its shopping facilities, the fish restaurants, and so on but the thing that really took my breath away was the area of Cape Point.
The enourmous rocks, the magnificent views, the powerfull ocean, my god, I could have staid there for hours, just dreaming away. I enjoyed mostely the road up to Cape Point because at Cape Point itself there are loads of tourists, but still it stays a 'must see'.
While driving back to Cape Town we took an alternative road and stumbled into a big group of whales!!! Normally it's not the place to find them but I guess we were lucky. We tried for more then 1h to get a good pic of them but unfortunately they weren't feeling like jumping out of the water :)
And on the way to Cape Point we stopt to check out the famous SA pinguins, so amazing to see them there in that heat!
Next to that we visited the famous Stellenbosh, known for it's wines. We got completely lost and without knowing it we gave our last money (forgot to withdraw money!) to a nice guy that showed us the way to the winery we wanted to visit. Upon arrival we didn't even had the 1,5$ for the entrance and they didn't accepted a CC for that :) So the nice man let us in, another nice lady gave me coke because I was so thirsty and then we started a long wine tasting.
Wasn't so impressed by Table Mountain but we had bad weather so maybe that was the reason... What I did liked where the little fish restaurants and the shopping :)
Those were the highlights of the vacation, less nice were the terrible testimonials we heared about all that's happening in SA and the townships we saw. The country is heading unto an ireversable catastrophy and it's heart breaking to realise that. The economical situation, the living in townships, the high AIDS deceases (leaving so many children all alone) and absurd myths are causing massive (gang) rapes on women, girls and even babies, and are creating a terrible environment to live in.
In the townships, people live in extremely small areas all together, the hygiene, safety and infrastuctures are terrifying, no police protection, no good school or medical system. And it will not get any better because soon there will be so many AIDS deaths that the economy will certainly collapse, can you imagine what will happen then.
Want to have more info on this then read this article, its an older article but gives you a lot of info on the situation: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/444213
Again, mixed feelings between the beauty of the country and the situation it's in... will it ever get better?