Honey, I’m hoooooooome! : )
Well not quite… I am officially back in the ‘Bique (in Maputo, the Mozambican capital city I seem to be frequenting often these days) and will make the last 12-hour leg of the journey tomorrow to return HOME to my hut. I will have been gone for a full fourteen days, which is the longest I have ever been away from my site save over the Christmas holiday when I went back to the States. I was not ready to leave Cape Town but I am ready to get back into some semblance of a routine and dig back into my “normal life.” Not to mention going back to work. I am a little anxious about returning to said “normal life” however, after a glorious and very surreal two weeks back in the western world (People speaking my language! No one staring at me! Stuff to do! Food options! Hot showers!)… I am actually really nervous. But it will all work out!
I have about three thousand entries in my google reader and very slow internet at home, plus about six hundred pictures of my Cape Town/World Cup experience to sort through, so God knows it will take me a LONG time to get caught up with my blog and also with everyone else’s, but I figured for the time being (while I am traveling and getting caught up on my work/job/life) I should leave y’all with a little preview… more to come on all of this, I promise!
So in sixty seconds or less, here’s what I did in Cape Town!
I… road tripped from Maputo to Joburg where I was the coldest I have ever been in my life, and then got on a 27 hour train to CPT.
I immediately launched into world cup mode with drinks and Fan Fest.
I explored the city for hours on foot and fell in love with it.
And by running along the coast some of the mornings, but it was also freezing, so staying under the down comforter was often more attractive.
I did beer tasting at Mitchell’s Waterfront Brewery/ale house. Nick Wilson, this one is for you.
I went wine tasting at a few winieries in the Cape Winelands. Cannot wait to share my newfound knowledge with all of you : )
The tour included cheetahs…
And gourmet pizza in Stellenbosch, an iconic town in the Cape winelands.
Basically I ate my way through the city. I indulged… at least three to five times per day. AMAZING food from all over the world. This city is a foodie’s dream. Especially if you have been living in the equivalent of “under a rock.”
Oh, and I like, went to a World Cup game or something.
Portugal may not have won 7 to 0. Best game of the first round, huzzah! Communism is defeated!!! Ha. Kidding.
And in my free time I climbed a mountain. (Table Mountain, to be exact–the iconic mountain smack dab in the middle of CPT!)
And saw pretty views.
And visited penguins in a native habitat.
And visited Cape Point, the southern tip of the continent where the two oceans meet.
And watched a TON of soccer, with a TON of awesome people/new friends from all over the world.
Not too bad of a trip! I am pretty sure every one of these “bullet points” could be its own entry but I at least wanted to post a lil recap : ) so if that satiated your interest, feel free to ignore my blog for the next couple of weeks! But as I have time and my electricity and technology allows me, I will be posting about my adventures as well as about the cultural, racial, and socio-economic situation in South Africa and perhaps even a little about those vuvuzelas… ayoba!
Who has been watching the World Cup? Is it a big deal in America, or do people not really care? How do you feel about it? Take it or leave it or love the excuse to settle down with a group of friends and a cold beer? : ) Who are you rooting for (now)?
Sad for team USA getting kicked out but… Go Ghana!