Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Cape Town: hiking, wine tasting and couchsurfing

After spending two weeks in Cape Town I can sincerely say that it is a beautiful city. I had my doubts about whether or not I would like it as I've been avoiding big cities ever since I've arrived in South Africa.  Lesotho, Coffee Bay and Mozambique (to name a few) have therefore been perfect getaways for me. No hectic traffic, buzzing city lights or crowds of people. Nevertheless Cape Town turned out to be the perfect destination for a final trip before I embark to Holland. Moreover, I've been jumping at the chance to travel with my favorite South African.....needless to say, Nelson Mandela and I had a blast in Cape Town. Oh, spending time with Marga was alright as well. Jammer lief, jy weet ek is baie lief vir jou.

Beertje's first day in Cape Town
Beertje and I are proud to announce that we successfully completed a 37 kilometer hike at Cape of Good Hope. Now I've been on hikes before, some in South Africa even, but never one that lasted this long. It was a two day hike, with the first day comprising 20 km and the second day the rest of the trail. The scenery was absolutely amazing. Our physical state, not so much. Definitely well worth it though, even if I did feel like my legs were being slowly amputated on the second day, but all in good fun. A certain bear (who will remain anonymous) did no walking whatsoever, and just sat back comfortably in a bag while we hiked our asses off. He was later reprimanded.

Tired but satisfied after the first day

The proud and strong gaze of someone who just walked 20km

Don't look so smug, bear



Snack break

Aside from hiking we also visited the wine farms. Anyone who knows me well knows that I can't hold my liquor. So after trying 5 different wines I was well on my way to Tipsyville (which happens to be one stop before Obnoxious Town). My mother must be shaking her head out of disappointment as she reads this, apparently I did not inherit her Aruban genes. But to anyone who visits the Groot Constantia wine farm; try the Port, it's divine!

An interesting thing about this trip is that this was my first time couchsurfing. For those who don't know about the concept; it's a website where people offer their couches (or in most cases a guest room) to those who wish to visit their city. I think the mere fact that there are so many people that want to do something selfless for others and learn about other cultures and meet new people is a heartwarming thought. We first stayed with a girl in Blouberg who was incredibly hospitable and went out of her way to make us feel at home. Thereafter we visited an older retired gentleman who just wanted some company from those that wished to share it with him. We've met such interesting people and they've all been so warm and friendly to us that I'm sure I will definitely couchsurf again in the future.

All in all I think Cape Town is a must-see city. It's a perfect combination of city life and nature. Surrounded by mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, it really is a sight to behold. I've had a great time in Cape Town, but I'm even more glad to have been able to share it with someone important to me and Beertje. Although I'm sure I drove Marga crazy at times, I'm incredibly grateful to have experienced Cape Town with her. Also happy to have seen our friends Anel, Emile and Ben. Cape Town, you will be missed.

Table Mountain

There's always that one tourist that doesn't know how to behave in public (or on a mountain for that matter). Yes, you sir in the green shirt, you look stupid to say the least.

Marga's head and Lion's head


Sashdy Arvelo said...

<3! Impressive hike! Beautiful pictures! Lovely post as usual :)

Cher&Bear said...

Danki :) happy to have you as a loyal reader!

Ben said...

My dear one,

I must say I have been privileged to hike, kuier, laugh and have lunch with you. Your boss writes very nice blogs and I had a great time with her and her friend as well. You should be grateful that she takes you to so much interesting places (even though you are travelling in her backpack). I love the beautiful pictures she makes!

Greetings, Ben

Cher&Bear said...

Dear Ben, thank you for your kind words. You are surely missed by both of us! Thanks for the memories :) fokkin vrystaat.