So I finished classes about a month ago and have sort of been pretending to study for my exam (it’s this Friday). Mostly I’ve just been doing cool things though.
Last Saturday was the full moon, so after the colour run we decided to hike up Lion’s Head to see the city at night. We started hiking up probably around 8:30 or so, when most people were on their way down, so once we got to the top, it wasn’t too crowded. When we first got up it was still pretty cloudy, but we brought some wine to pass the time and wait for the moon.
The view was definitely worth the wait. The views from on top of Cape Town are some of my favourite ever. It’s a weird city in that the city itself is not all that attractive – they actually have a half built overpass that just ends in the middle, allowing drivers to fall to their doom (not really, it’s blocked off) – but the geography is incredible, which makes up for a lack of impressive architecture/infrastructure.
And the city by night is just so beautiful. There were people coming up bringing sleeping bags, and I don’t blame them. I could sit up there forever just watching the city.
I really appreciate Cape Town – it has the ocean, it has mountains, there is so much diversity in the people, the landscape, the food – I just love it. It’s going to be hard going back to a city that doesn’t offer all that. Especially since I’ve become a market addict.
Hannah and I went to the Market on the Wharf last Sunday, and have been going pretty much every day it’s open ever since. It’s in a touristy spot, but it isn’t as crowded as some of the other markets I’ve visited in Cape Town, it has free wifi, and a million different foods to try. So that’s where we’ve been going to ‘study’ and eat froyo (they actually have some of the best froyo I’ve ever had, which is not something I say lightly).
And in the vein of experiencing goodness, Caroline and I decided to go olive tasting on Thursday! Before coming here, I found out that South Africa is like THE PLACE for olive oil. My love of bread has led to a love of things to put on my bread, so obviously I needed to test out the different olive oils they have here to offer. And, conveniently, there were wineries in the area as well!
We visited several farms, the first (and best) being Fairview, which produces olive oil, wine, and cheese (the trifecta). It has its own goats to produce the cheese, and these goats are sometimes put in a goat tower. My brother will know how exciting this is for me, as we once had a childhood deal that he would buy me a goat… I can’t remember in exchange for what. Regardless, I am holding him to that, and ideally he can build me a goat tower as well.
Fairview actually produces several lines of wine, one of them being Goats Do Roam, which is available in your local LCBO (likely in other provincial stores as well, I’m just not as well versed). We were able to taste eight of their wines – they were all fantastic. I also am going to have a suitcase full of just wine when I go back to Canada. Oops.
After our tasting, we wandered around the grounds a little bit (we mostly wanted to see the goats). Since it’s spring here, there were baby goats out and about! Caroline and I took it upon ourselves to name the goats, and decided on a magical theme since the first goat we saw looked like a wizard.
After hanging out with the goats, we went to Olyvenbosch, which is specifically an olive farm. They had a formal greeting squad.
After a quick olive tasting, we decided to walk around the farm with our new menagerie. We were in the Paarl area, which is about a 45 minute drive northeast of Cape Town, and it is absolutely stunning there.
Since we did one pure olive farm, we figured we should do one pure wine farm, so we headed to Rhebokskloof, a farm whose wines have won too many awards to list. Again, it was absolutely beautiful there – there were horses grazing in a meadow, ponds, flowers, everything. Niagara really has nothing on this place.
All in all, it was a pretty amazing early start to the weekend. And man, there is always something going on in Cape Town! Yesterday Hannah and I hit another market – the Lockstock Exchange – which is another smaller market that I love – it’s not too crowded, it has an amazing venue (the Woodstock Exchange), and it has so many cool products, with the vendors changing every couple of weeks. We just went for breakfast and I obviously bought more earrings (because I am a magpie and cannot pass up shiny things) before heading out to Gugulethu, which is one of the townships outside Cape Town.
There was an art exhibition going on in Gugulethu, where they closed off one of the streets and turned some of the homes into temporary art galleries. They also had several local graffiti artists painting on some of the buildings. It was a really cool way to see some African art, and it was actually mostly Capetonians visiting, which was nice because we felt less touristy about the whole thing (I’m kind of uncomfortable with people visiting townships as a form of tourism, it just seems like it’s putting people on display in a way that I’m not really ok with). But the art was incredible, and especially with the graffiti artists, it was amazing to see how quickly they could create a piece.
We got back from the exhibition around 3 or so, and found out there was a street fair on in Obz, which is just a neighbourhood from where we live, so we decided to check it out!
So as you can see, studying has been at the forefront of my mind this past week and a half… So fortunately (for my grades) it is supposed to rain this week from Tues-Fri, and then the weather picks up again next weekend to celebrate the official beginning of my second summer holidays this year!
Keep on keeping on, party people.