Don’t dream it, be it!

A quick update from last weekend!

On Friday, my roommate Julia turned 20, so our house went out for a nice dinner on the waterfront at Sevruga. The food there was amazing (I had risotto balls, prawn tempura rolls, and creme brûlée. And of course, a bottle of wine) and I highly recommend it.

Babes of Highfield

Babes of Highfield

Saturday I spent pretending to do work (I should have just gone surfing), and then Sunday a couple of us got up early to go kayaking in Simon’s Town. The plan was to kayak over to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguins, but the water was way too choppy to get all the way over, so we just surfed the waves for a few hours. We did manage to see one Cape Fur Seal soaking up the sun though. Next time we’ll have to go when the water is calm, though you never know when that’ll be!

Sleepy seal

Sleepy seal

Paddle paddle

Paddle paddle

Kayak crew

Kayak crew

Simon’s Town is also where one of South Africa’s navy bases is located, so we also saw some submarines and ships when we were out. It’s a very cute little town, so I’ll have to go back to stroll around for a bit when I have a day off!

Simon's Town - we kayaked around the walls in the ocean to the far side

Simon’s Town – we kayaked around the walls in the ocean to the far side

Once we finished kayaking and eating brunch (I had a huge omelette), Thea, Hannah, and myself went for a quick hike up to a waterfall overlooking the marina.

Standing on the edge with the harbour in the background

Standing on the edge with the harbour in the background

There were a couple locals just relaxing next to the falls (it was a lovely place for a picnic) but relaxing next to the falls isn’t my style – you gotta get in them.

Washing my hair!

Washing my hair!

"Stupid tourist..."

“Stupid tourist…”

As I mentioned earlier, our original plan was to kayak out to the penguins at Boulder’s Beach, and since we had no luck going that way, we drove down to the boardwalk to check out the penguins. You have to pay to go to the points overlooking the beach, but the penguins mostly nest in the brush (I found that so strange) so we just walked along and saw them everywhere, hanging out in the bushes.

Penguin party

Penguin party

Penguin!

Penguin! I want to hug him

Little nesting penguin

Little nesting penguin

Penguins on some of the boulders

Penguins on the boulders

Little guy!

Little guy!

After hanging out with the penguins and enjoying some gelato, we headed back home to get ready for the Rocky Horror Picture Show stage production. It’s the first time the production has been put on in South Africa (apparently it was banned for some time) but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from putting on my best Rocky face.

Dammit, Janet!

Dammit, Janet!

Nobody wore stripes - virgin success!

One of these things is not like the others…

There were not many other people dressed up, and few had as much enthusiasm as I did (but that is generally the case when it comes to all theme events, you all know I can’t turn down a good costume theme) so I noticed some randoms taking photos of me – that’s how I know I killed it with my outfit. The audience participation was also fairly limited, likely due to the fact that it’s a new production, so I was the only person dancing the time warp and the only person to yell out lines. I think the other people in the theatre thought I was being rude and were probably wondering why the ushers weren’t removing me. Dr. Frank-N-Furter, on the other hand, found me delightful.

LOVE!

LOVE!

Next week is our spring break, so I’m spending these next few days pounding out a paper on Cameroon and what they are/aren’t doing to promote women’s rights (doesn’t that sound uplifting? No? You’re right) and then Ali and I are taking off to Durban early Friday morning for some adventures in an elephant park and the city!

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