Monthly Archives: May 2003

S L O W D O W N – Hermanus, South Africa

Well I am healed! Thanks to 4 days of heavy rest I was able to go out on Saturday night, my last night in Stellenbosch. I ended up out and about meeting locals and uni students. The band was not bad and I had a good time trying to figure out my way home at the end of the night.

I was just about asleep when bang bang bang, my “neighbours” came home from the bar and but of course, do not have their key. Apparently the one guy with the key decided to bugger off to Cape Town ?!? What? So three South African guys were taking turns crawling in and out of my window, shimmying along the second story ledge ( I am sure not an easy feat when you have had THAT much to drink) then brought back chips and dip for an impromptu party in the Peace room. read more

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Still Sicky – Stellenbosch, South Africa

This is some kind of a reminder to take better care of my health. I get it! Loud and clear. Now can I please get well? I have done everything right. I have been sleeping three quarters of the day and eating groves of oranges. I have been scarfing down the veggies and sipping up the soup. I think I have worn a path from my room to the washroom I have been ingesting such large amounts of liquids.

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Sicky – Stellenbosch, South Africa

After all was said and done I was quite impressed with how I spent my time in Cape Town. I really thought that I would sit around doing a whole lot of nothing because I was feeling pretty lazy and tired. I try to take it easy whenever I land in a new continent…haha, I told someone that and they thought it sounded really funny. I suppose it would. Anyway, thanks to Kiwi Elena and French Canadian Martin, a sweet couple who met in Banff (yay!) I accomplished quite alot of sightseeing.

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Table Mountain – Cape Town, South Africa

After much negotiation, we caught a taxi to Table Mountain where I took the cable car up. I perched up on a large cool rock overlooking the city, mountains, and sea. I attempted to meditate under the beaming sun unhindered by even the slightest breeze.

The melodious birds swooped past my head doing swan dives over the steep edge. Over 1000 meters high up in the sky the air up here is quite fresh. It would have been nice to see the famous white puffy table cloth cloud draped over the top – a phenomena that must be seen – but I was content with the clear view that went on for miles. read more

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Robben Island – Robben Island, South Africa

We cruised towards the deceivingly small Robben Island on a fully equipped luxury catamaran. We disembarked onto the hot cement before boarding the tightly packed (but fully functional) tour bus. I was amused by the humour and knowledge displayed by our guide.

We drove around admiring the views of Cape Town and the coast of South Africa. We learned about apartheid and the shocking recent history of Africa. Nelson Mandela, the most famous involuntary resident of this now UN World Heritage site, lived in terrible conditions for years. read more

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Sunsets and sharks – Cape Town, South Africa

We tried to make it to Table Mountain but it looked too windy to attempt so I got my hair braided instead. We went to the busy Green Market Square where I finally bartered my way into a new hairstyle. Ouch! But the braids are so hassle-free and feels so good to have long hair again. Elena and Martin were patient and talked with the street kids while they waited for the hair ladies (there were three!) to finish. The sad state of affairs for the children is widespread reminding me to practice compassion – the kids are nowhere without it. read more

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Cape Point Pennisula – Cape Town, South Africa

I spent most of the day relaxing. Just regrouping from the stress of changing continents and getting deprived of sleep for how long? But I managed to wake up early to meet the 830 am Cape Point Tour which I got for free from booking 5 nights at the hostel. Steve was our guide who was really friendly and gave off a really good vibe.

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Hair – Cape Town, South Africa

This is just a quick one to show my sis my new do. Hay Trina! 4 hours of blood sweat and tears…all i could hear was your voice in my head…”it hurts to be pretty”
All is well and I am very much enjoying Cape Town. More soon!

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Settling in – Cape Town, South Africa

After waiting for what seemed like forever for my pack, I checked into the airport hotel with the rest of the catatonic travellers. The spacious room with an all-consuming king size bed was like a tall glass of ice water in the middle of the Sahara. I took a hot bubble bath before falling into dreamland. I woke surprisingly refreshed despite the fact that I have only had 8 hours of sleep in the last 90. I am not the least bit tired – Just so thrilled to be in Africa.

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Longest plane ride ever – Johannesberg, South Africa

Sitting on the jumbo jet. The flight attendant just came to tell me that the white wine wasn`t as cold as he would like it to be for me so he will put it on ice for a few minutes. Nice. I watched a beautiful sunrise creating a volcanic red glowing lake through the clouds. As she climbed, she cast a peachy cap on the puffy blue shapes.

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