Cape Town Part 7: Table Mountain

Finally! Slow and steady wins the race or something like that? I don’t think anyone’s ever accused me of being quick about anything, though, really.

Yes, the trip to Table Mountain (after a mani/pedi [or lengthy and frustrating search for an ATM, in Marlon’s case. Same same?] and one last farewell trip to Greenmarket Square, for old times’ sake) marked our last hurrah in Cape Town, and with it ends my epic (literally) telling of the voyage. Pat, always coming through for us, told us to hold off going until after six, when tickets go for half price. As such he was able to come along as well and summit Table Mountain (for the millionth time).

It’s roughly $20 to go up and back by cable car normally and $10 for the “sunset special.” It’s also hike-able, but requires far more time and stamina than the Lion’s Head hike. (At least that’s the word on the street.) At the office they take a poll of everyone’s nationality; we were surprised to find Americans were second to Germans for most visitors. We also learnt that the funny animal we’d seen at Hermanus is called a “dassie,” and that it bites.

7d1cjaw snap, look who’s makin gifs! shoulda taken more pics, in retrospect, but this is a real(-ish)-time representation of the ‘table cloth’ coming over the mountain.

looking up table cloth table mountain ivy table mountain flower our african wonder

from this angle, i felt like i could finally (maybe) see how it looked like a lion

from this angle, i felt like i could finally (maybe) see how it looked like a lion

the cable cars rotate and have two open spaces in the windows so everyone gets a turn taking photos

the cable cars rotate and have two open spaces in the windows so everyone gets a turn taking photos

table cloth sunset

dassie alert!

dassie alert!

dassie2

table mountain photographer

on his way to becoming VERY well traveled.

on his way to becoming VERY well traveled.

dangit, sun!

dangit, sun!

pat me mar table mountain sun settinglast sunset rocks sunset table mountain purple sky table mountain map of peninsula

haha, we were told there'd be exotic birds around, but this was the best pic i could get of the one we saw

haha, we were told there’d be exotic birds around, but this was the best pic i could get of the one we saw

sunset silhouette table mountain table mountain brush little girl table mountain

view of cape town from the base of the cable car

view of cape town from the base of the cable car

we had our final dinner at an italian place called 'la burratta,' in the woodstock neighborhood. http://burrata.co.za/

we had our final dinner at an italian place called ‘la burrata,’ in the woodstock neighborhood. http://burrata.co.za/

Our trip back went pretty much as smoothly as we could’ve hoped. In fact, we got bumped up to business class on our first flight! (Unfortunately, you’ll recall this would’ve been our flight to Johannesburg; by far the shortest of the three legs.) Aside from that ol “technical stop” in Dakar, where they kept us awake without food for what felt like an eternity, things went fine and before we knew it we were back in the thick of this really terrific winter we’re having in North America.

quiz time: which of the big five are we missing (as it's behind mandela on the 100)?!

quiz time: which of the big five are we missing (as it’s behind mandela on the 100)?!

oh NO, not a plane wing pic!

oh NO, not a plane wing pic!

then an elephant jumped out of the cloud

then an elephant jumped out of the cloud

oh dc, you look so cold...

oh dc, you look so cold…

and indeed you were

and indeed you were

 

Cape Town Part 6: Random Weekend Stuff

Haha… now that we’ve been back over a month I was really hoping to finish the last of my Cape Town posts today, but I realized our Table Mountain visit should have its own. So here’s the penultimate post; the account of our weekend in the city. Pat had gotten us tickets to the Morocco/Nigeria soccer game on Saturday afternoon, so the day was kind of built around that event. The teams playing were actually determined by wins in other games so we only found out it would be Morocco and Nigeria about halfway through the trip, and while none of us had any particular allegiance to either team we thought it would be an experience worth having. The fact that we’d get to visit one of the World Cup stadiums was enticing as well. We spent the time before and after having drinks at Wakame, the spot Marlon and I had coincidentally stopped in at for lunch during our promenade walk earlier in the trip. It was a short walk from the stadium and had a nice seaside view so served as a good day-drinking venue, where Pat’s friends Chris, Zingy, and Lesogo could hold down the fort when we peaced out for the game.

We ended up only staying for the first half, at which point Morocco (“our team,” as we found ourselves seated on the Morocco side) was up by three. Second half must have been pretty crazy because Nigeria ended up winning 4-3 (SEEMS LIKE AS GOOD A PLACE AS ANY TO GLOAT ABOUT UVA’S MONUMENTAL SECOND HALF IN THE BASKETBALL GAME AGAINST SYRACUSE YESTERDAY AFTER BEING DOWN BY A POINT AT HALFTIME. CAME BACK FOR A 75-56 VICTORY AND OUR FIRST OUTRIGHT ACC TITLE IN 33 YEARS. WAHOOWA!).

nice try, lady, but you only WISH that was the best photobomb in this post.

nice try, lady, but you only WISH that was the best photobomb in this post.

pat stadium

can't remember exactly why, but we found ourselves friendly with one of the employees, nomzuma, for a couple minutes.

can’t remember exactly why, but we found ourselves friendly with one of the employees, nomzuma, for a couple minutes.

cape town stadium pat mar me stadium

now THIS is how you photobomb.

now THIS is how you photobomb.

morocco fans

stadium panorama, courtesy of marlon

stadium panorama, courtesy of marlon

look who showed up while we were out!

look who showed up while we were out!

Saturday night found us out on Long Street again, first at Tjing Tjing (where we’d gone our first night) and then Club 169. It was a fun time but, regrettably, at some point my phone decided it had no intention of returning to America with me and went missing. Replacing it was a lengthy and convoluted ordeal involving eight phones and three SIM cards, but as of three days ago I’m pretty much back on the grid.

our beautiful new friends

pretty ladies!

in an effort to cheer me up in light of learning my phone was gone, marlon got me a little stuffed penguin we named ping (short for ping pong) haha.

in an effort to cheer me up in light of learning my phone was gone, marlon got me a little stuffed penguin we named ping (short for ping pong) haha.

Sunday found everyone in need of some serious relaxing so we went and hung out at Clifton Second beach again.

clifton second boy on rock marlon beach

Aaaaand, even though we were feeling pretty beat by this point, on the advice of many we decided to rally for hometown-sweethearts, Goldfish‘s last Shimmy Beach Club performance of the summer.

'we look... tired in this picture.'

‘we look… tired in this picture.’

goldfish shimmy

Despite our exhaustion it was a really fun show. And they’re coming to U Street Music Hall on April 1!

a bit anachronistic, but a sweet pic from marlon's phone from our trip to the castle. cloud hearts!

a bit anachronistic, but a sweet pic from marlon’s phone from our trip to the castle. cloud hearts!

and... considering we have yet another big snow coming our way, i'm finding myself very much dreaming of being back in this weather...

and… considering we have yet another big snow coming our way, i’m finding myself very much dreaming of being back in this weather…