Well we've come to realize that we are starting to get a bit behind on our posts with this blog as we now have quite a backlog of days. The problem now of course is that we have now packed the last couple of days chock full of activities so we'll try our best to write about as much as possible below.
|Beautiful wine country! Just looking at this view can make you thirsty!|
|Mike dipping his nose to smell the wine's bouquet. |
He was surprised his big nose didn't land in wine itself
|Maja pre-wine. She's pretty excited!|
|Round 2! FIGHT!|
Once we sobered up a bit, we drove another small town outside of Cape Town called Franschhoek for lunch and souvenir shopping. It's quite the quaint little town with several enticing specialty shops along it's main street. In fact, Mike has really fallen in love with the smaller towns in South Africa and he prefers them much more than the hussle and bussel of Cape Town. This would be one of our biggest recommendations when visiting South Africa, make time for the smaller towns. We suggest perhaps using the large cities as a base or hub, but then follow our example, rent a car and make your way out of the city.
|What are you doing just standing around people! There's a giant Mantis on the loose! RUN!!!!!!!!|
|Mike was very smelly after his shawarma|
|These guys were just plain awesome, there's no doubt about it.|
Day 11 begun with some typical tourist trappings as we went souvenir shopping. We won't bother you with the details but we will say that now Mike is in possession of some pretty awesome South African rugby and cricket gear! We were lucky enough to be invited for lunch at Sanjin's girlfriend Amy's house where we sat down and broke bread with her parents, her brother (who is quite the proficient Jazz bass player) and his girlfriend. Amy's family laid out a truly amazing spread for us, with pasta salad, hake salad (just don't ask Mike how it tasted, he doesn't eat fish), beet root salad, pootjie (which is like a lamb chop stew with full veggies, like potatoes, corn on the cob, and peppers and beans), and boerewors (which is a traditional South African sausage). All of the food was delicious and the company, equally pleasant. We were well stuffed and ready for our next adventure, off to Simon's Town, home to Boulder's Beach, or as we like to call it "Penguin Beach."
|Hilariously awkward creatures|
|"It's too damn HOT for a penguin to be just be walking around! I gotta send him back to the South Pole!"|
|A beautiful secluded beach at Cape Point|
|Chapman's Peak. Views don't get much better than this...|
We write this on our last day in Cape Town (on Mike's birthday!) so their may not be another update for a while, but we promise one more post to tell you about the final days of our trips (including a voyage to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was held for 17 years, a trip to the Two Oceans aquarium, the District 6 museum and the Cape Town Castel).