My favourite city in the world… yet.
I’m not sure I’ll ever quite fall in love with a place like I did with Cape Town. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but being there just gave me this very chill, relaxed vibe. Weirdly, I felt safe (in South Africa- I know, right). I also couldn’t get over the view of Table Mountain every where I went. It’s like it just kept getting better and better the longer I stayed there.
I had a great time, partied once, toured, and even lived like a local. One of the things I love about travelling is that I enjoy the experiences more if I plan my days as if I actually lived there. I stayed with my brother, took the train on one day, took a taxi (South African matatu) on another, and even toured the city on the Red Bus tour. Growing older has made me appreciate new places by taking in more of the touring as opposed to the clubbing/nightlife, although this is something I also like to do, don’t get me wrong.
Let me tell you something about Cape Town though, I went ahead and packed so light, forgetting that the weather would be transitioning to spring/summer. Guys. GUYS. The weather was anal. And by anal I mean ANAL. The day I arrived, it was so hot we could barely take it. The next few days had a series of hot and cold days, it rained, the day I went to the beach it was FREEZING COLD. I ended up coming back to Nairobi with the flu. The worst flu I’ve ever had in my 27 years on this earth. I was sick for about 2 weeks. My immunity was down and the runny nose and cough were relentless. Whew. And you thought British weather was bad? Ha.
I really enjoyed my Western Cape experience, and I’m definitely going back next year! Just thought I’d put that thought into the universe.
Hope you’ve all had a great week!
I. View of the city from the Table Mountain parking lot
2. Table Mountain National Park
3. Groot Constantia Wine Estates
4. Muizenberg Beach
5. Camps Bay