South Africa

March 11, 2009

I sit here in Capetown and cannot believe we are leaving South Africa in a few days – time flies.

Our trip started with our loving goodbye dinner in Barcelona, so many good people that we have been missing since we arrived.

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The best part of South Africa: Janine. We have been staying with Richard’s cousin in her sweet apartment in Capetown. She is a fairy and has made us feel so at home, loved, squished, has listened to my ramblings and has made me laugh endlessly. I cannot thank her enough!

janine

We arrived in Capetown and got caught in a flurry of activities, braai (South African barbecue- heaven) at Stewart’s house, hiking-climbing Table Mountain in a hurricane worthy wind, dinners, lunches, visas and a visit to Cape Point National Park. I felt a bit dizzy and jet lagged!

Janine’s mom – Jeanie- is also a fairy and had us over every Thursday for family dinners. She has been my South African mom and has helped so much during the trip. Like mother like daughter.

jeanie-dinner

Then we set off with Richard’s friends to the Eastern Cape. Here is the team:

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Thanks to Stewart’s parents; Toni and Howard Langley who lent us their bakkie (truck) – they have been so helpful and loving…check out their guest room if you visit Capetown. http://www.capestay.co.za/erewhon/

We stopped in Stormsriver and everyone did the worlds highest bungee jump…not me…i was the old lady in the group!

Then we went to Cinsta and stayed in Bucaneers Backpackers which I highly recommend, clean, safe, amazing empty beach, free canoes…

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We finally reached Coffee Bay. The moment you turn from the highway you enter a land of rolling hills of buffalo grass and turquoise blue rondavels.

transkei-rondavels

My favorite part of the trip was the Hole in the Wall Hike, a hike from Coffee Bay to a big rock with a hole in it – the hole isnt that amazing, but the hike is wild, green, rough and it leaves you renewed and fresh – until you have another Savannah Cider sundowner and feel unhealthy all over again!

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After the Transkei I got the full tour of Capetown, Kalk Bay, Fishoek, Hout Bay….

We visited Kirstenbosch Gardens and I fell in love. Botanical Gardens with Table Mountain in the background, one of the highlights of South Africa.

kirstenbosch

We swam with penguins in Boulders Beach – what a trippy place! Boulders and Penguins…I couldnt believe it.

penguins

Richard’s brother James took him and Stewart out diving while my recovering ear drum and I stayed in the beach and took long walks.

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diving

Finally we set off to our main mission- Climbing.

We went to Montague and Rocklands-mmmm sandstone…. pics and stories to come soon.

braai

The first leg of our trip has been very different from what we planned – we have barely climbed but I have seen so much of this diverse country and have met so many wonderful people. It has been so good to see where Richard grew up, his favorite places, meet his friends and family and get to spend time with them.There have been times where I have felt shitty and lonely, when I have craved the independence I’m used to in Spain- being able to go places alone and do my own thing . In the end it has all made us learn and understand each other more.

I have also missed my sister madly, sharing all the adventures, yummy food and lovely places with her is ultimate happiness.

Leg 1 of the trip is over…..Australia here we come!!!

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5 Responses to “South Africa”

  1. ecotoad said

    mi patita
    sharing experiences w you is also ultimate happiness
    can’t wait to hear your new Aussie experiences and live them through you mi amidala telepatica,jeje
    safe, happy and healthy travels
    until the fellowship reunites,
    tq so so
    burrita

  2. Nuno said

    Yooo!!!

    Amazing pics!! ahhhhh, seems incredible, all these places, all the freedom. Damn, you’re lucky 😛

    You didn’t jump? How come you didn’t jump? Ok, the swimming with pinguins (!) compensates for it. Ahah, some people go and swim with dolphins, you got something… mmm… different.

    Here Spring is finally coming, warm air and warm water. Also the wind is starting to blow :))))) I’m balancing weekends in the snow with weekdays of winfsurfing (ahh, my boss is sooo happy with me!). But I miss ya guys!…

    Weel, have fun, good luck for the next part of the trip, big hug for Richie and big kiss for ya!
    Nuno

  3. paula said

    Primitaaa!! por fin tengo un rato para ver tu blog! jooo q envidia me das, q bonitas las fotos… Espero que estes bien, bien de verdad… y que disfrutes de cada sitio que visites,de toda la gente que conozcas, de todos las culturas, paisajes… y luego nos lo cuentas todooo!! me acuerdo mucho de ti, y de verdad, q disfrutes un monton! te quiero mucho primiii, besitos!

  4. paula said

    por cierto, estas guapiiisima! como te ha crecido el pelo.. jaja! muaaaaa

  5. Mama said

    Que maravilla de fotos y que maravilla de hija. Te quiero mucho y te echo de menos. La gente que esta contigo no sabe la suerte que tienen de tenerte cerca, irradias felicidad y haces felices a los que te rodean. Eres un tesoro. Cuidate mucho por favor. Se todo lo feliz que puedas y que te deseo en cada momento.Te quiero

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