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Cool Runnings Bar!! Say no more...

I can't believe I've only been here a few days. I already feel like I have seen so much.

It began to sink in when driving from the airport to Capetown when we drove past the Townships (shanty towns), these were images I had only ever seen on the TV and in Geography textbooks at school.  We are in the Big Blue Hostel near the Waterfront which is beautiful. After unpacking we headed to the Waterfront, we saw Sealions in the habour, live bands playing and wandered around craft fairs.

On our second day in Capetown we saw dolphins in the harbour, this was such an amazing sight!  In the afternoon we headed to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held prisoner, this was definitley worth a visit and really made me want to finish ready Nelson Mandelas book.

Cocktails in Cape Town

On our third day we headed to Stellenbosch to visit the wine farms and go wine tasting. 1 pound to taste 5 wines-bargin!! The bus was late picking us up from our final wine farm as there was a power cut in Stellenbosch which meant the traffic lights were also down, the driver explained to us that the dual carriageway into Stellenbosch now had four lanes of traffic in both directions.  We eventually made in back to the centre of Stellenbosch just in the nick of time for the back packer bus back to Cape Town.  We thought the fun was over, oh how wrong we were... because the power was down the petrol stations weren't working and we didn't have enough petrol to get back ( not that we were aware of this yet).

In the park with Table Mountain in the background
We soon became aware when we rolled to a halt on the hard shoulder of the moterway into Cape Town. We were not sat with a motorway on one side and a Township (shanty town) on the other- not even the backpacker course could prepare me for this!!  But lucky soon the police came to protect us and an hour plus later we were picked up by another bus. (Mum don't stress!!) Quote of the day from James "I can't believe I worked eight months for this and I'm going hungry on day three", he just doesn't appreciate our cheese sandwiches!!

Had a lazy day on Wednesday. Quote of the day from James (again) "You two could solve world starvation in half a day" when discussing what me and Laura had just brought to cook for dinner.

On the fifth day we moved hostels to one on the main street in Cape Town, with all the bars and cafes on.

Cocktails again!
 We wandered around and visited the National Art Gallery.  Then to finish the day off perfectly we had cocktails in Cape Town!!

We had been wishing that today would be perfect weather to Climb Table mountain and luck was on our side. Blue sky, beautifully warm with a cool breeze. We climbed about 1067m in 2 and half hours, it was harder than we were expecting but we made it thanks to James words of motivation (and the promise of chocolate and cheese sandwiches at the top definitley got me up there faster!!).  In the evening we had another power cut (I think it is the third this week) so the rice and veg we had planned to cook was no longer an option. We had to get dinner from the only place open on the street, a pizza place with a stone oven.  It was quite bizarre and made me realise how much we take for granted, but tea and beer by candle night was exciting for one evening.

On our final day in Cape Town we made the most of the good weather and spent a day at the beach. I think I am now an off white colour rather than just white!!  We got to the beach in a "rickie", a sort of taxi that is a yellow tin can with benches in the back, this was an experience I think is good to do once (but only once if you value your life!!) 

 

 

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Cool Runnings Bar!! Say no more...
Cool Runnings Bar!! Say no more...
Cocktails in Cape Town
Cocktails in Cape Town
In the park with Table Mountain in…
In the park with Table Mountain i…
Cocktails again!
Cocktails again!
Cape Town
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