Saturday, October 11, 2008

28 August 2008

28 August 2008, in Pinelands, Cape Town

Mike and Moira [my uncle and aunt] picked us up last night at the Cape Town airport, which is undergoing lots of renovations in preparation for the World Cup in 2010. The same is true for the Joburg airport. [Because of the construction, the Joburg airport was very unpleasant--the passport control room was stripped down to bare concrete pillars and floors etc., and then we had to wheel our bags from the international terminal to the domestic terminal, which involved going outside and walking on a busy, narrow, bumpy, sloping sidewalk around a construction zone, all while in a near-tunnel with smelly cars. I had to help some poor American with her cart, since she almost lost control of it on one of the slopes.]

This morning, we awoke to rain squalls and overcast skies. It continued that way for much of the day. In the late afternoon, Moira drove us out to Table View, on the way to Bloubergstrand [those are suburbs with a view across a bay of Table Mountain and downtown Cape Town, but only on clear days]. We saw kiteboarders having a lot of fun jumping waves etc.--it was quite windy.

Me in Table View, where we stopped to watch the kiteboarders.

The kiteboarders.

During our pre-dinner drinks [a tradition of my grandparents that Mike and Moira have continued], Mike discovered that Jesse likes Scotch and brought out a box of 3 sample scotches with the disclaimer that he (Mike) didn't like them. Turns out, a couple of them are among Jesse's favorites! Nice surprise for Jesse, particularly with Mike being quite keen for Jesse to drink as much as he wanted.

Tomorrow we should be visiting Dave at UCT [a high school friend, at University of Cape Town] before heading to Hermanus in the late afternoon.

1 comment:

Kirsty said...

Loving your travelogue! I feel like I am there (almost :) Imagine me running outside the Joburg airport to get to my terminal, all alone with all my stuff on a trolley at 10pm. I can't believe it is still like that 10 months later. Niiiice.