Before Portugal I went back to Cape Town for 2 weeks to visit my boyfriend, family and friends. It was my first trip back since I left in July last year (except for that one hectic week when I went back for my dad’s funeral) so was looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up. So for starters, two weeks was not enough! You need one week to get settled, then another week to actually start enjoying yourself and get into the Cape Town vibe and then another week to be at one with it all. So next time, definitely three weeks or more! 🙂
I crammed so much into that time! First of all, the boyfriend had acquired a motorbike since the last time I was there and was very excited for me to ride with him. I, on the other hand was slightly nervous and had all sorts of scenarios flashing through my mind, not least of them was that I have no medical aid in South Africa anymore so if something happened …. Anyway, I bit the bullet and feel like I gave off a very unanxious vibe throughout the holiday. I’m sure the boyfriend would tell you otherwise. But seriously, by the end of the holiday I was not squeezing his midriff so tight he could hardly breath and was able to hold onto the handles on the side quite comfortably without feeling like I was going to fall off. And truth be told we did some amazing rides. On the one Saturday we did the entire Peninsula. Started in Glencairn, went up through the Navy barracks; I sat on a cannon. We found Just Nuisance’s grave and went for a long walk there – saw Simon’s Town from an angle I have never seen it from before which was actually amazing. You live in a place your whole life and you think you have seen everything so it’s uber cool when you discover something new! Then we went all the way around Cape Point and ended up at the 2’6 for a pint (half a pint for Dan as he was driving). Then we went back through Scarborough, down to the beach and then to the Jolly Skollie (Camel Rock Restaurant) for a bite to eat. That was the best bike day. We also went to Hout Bay which was the day we went the fastest we ever went (on the M3). 160kmph and weaving through the cars!!!!! Let’s just say that I preferred the sedate coastal drive. 😉
Other highlights of the holiday include:
Staying at Monkey Valley for 2 nights. I’ve spent a bit of time there and got married there once upon a time; yet I never get over its beauty. That view is just one of the best you will ever see in the world. It was extra special that I got to invite all my special peeps over for a braai on one of the nights. However, it was far too short and if we go again, 3 nights or more is a must (Dan, take note!).
My besties birthday – we drank champagne from morning until night non-stop and we didn’t even get drunk! Still not quite sure how that happened. Now that I think about it, Cathy was making the mixes in the beginning, hmmmmm, maybe the key was that not much champers was going into those first mixes. That would explain things!!! 😉 Anyway, whatever happened it worked, because it was just a fun, chilled, awesome day, hanging with good people and good vibes.
My get-together at the Glencairn Hotel – another fun-filled afternoon seeing people I haven’t seen in ages and managing to see family too (thank you for coming, you know who you are). (Did not take one picture there, silly me). However, afterwards went back for 2 nights at an absolutely stunning home in Glencairn courtesy of a friend who could not make it to my get-together as she was away. Thank you so much Adrian and OMG did the threesome have fun that night braaiing and played Heads Up. I want to choke with laughter every time I think about it.
The Farmhouse – watching Grassy Spark – one of our favourite SA bands! Going there was probably the most nostalgic I felt during my holiday. Have had such good times there and this time was no different. The vibe was excellent, and the bands all put on such a good show. The energy was top notch and I got to dance and jump and go mad with the sun on my face, my whole body energised. Then afterwards, a divine braai with friends, which ended late and resulted in hangovers but totally worth it!!
Family nights with the kids – we had so many fun nights playing board games, eating sushi and braaiing (and yes, I believe one night was sushi and braai – why not!). Nothing quite like having a braai, with your nearest and dearest, just chatting and catching up.
We even had a cultural evening and went to the theatre. Kalk Bay Theatre is a must do if visiting the Deep South. It is intimate and cosy (the complete opposite to most theatre experiences you would have in London). There is a restaurant at which you can eat beforehand with lovely (but not spoilt for choice) 3-course meals and of course as much tipple as you like. You can even take it in with you to watch the show. The show we went to see featured the gorgeous Liam McDermott (Khaya’s boyfriend) and because the audience really is so very small we took up a 10th of the entire audience so you can imagine how much clapping and cheering was coming from our section.
As suspected, I did not do everything I would have liked to do while there. I missed going up Lions Head – but my ex-colleague wanted to do the usual mission and go at 5:30am before work. I somehow could not get my head around doing that! I missed seeing some of my friends that while we are not close, I would have loved to have seen. I’m just grateful that I did get to spend time with my nearest and dearest.
Had some hilarious restaurant experiences where the service was just so awful you felt that surely there was a hidden camera somewhere playing a joke. On the whole though the food was amazing. We ate out a lot and ate a lot of calamari and seafood. Hands down though, the best food we ate was at the Chapmans Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. Baracuda’s in Fish Hoek was not bad either. And the waffles, egg and bacon with syrup at Fish Hoek beach was top notch.
I do not feel drawn to South Africa at this time. Especially after Portugal and the realisation that there is so much of this beautiful world to see. Yes, my kids are there but I’d rather see them over here or plan a trip to another country than go back to Fish Hoek again for a very long time. Fish Hoek/Deep South in general, you are truly magnificent and I appreciate your beauty but you will be just as beautiful as you are now next time I visit. Actually more beautiful because by then hopefully all the vegetation and mountainside ravaged by the recent fires and the pending rain will have fallen (Please Universe, let it fall).