South Africa – Splendid

View of Table Mountain from the Company's Garden
View of Table Mountain from the Company’s Garden

August 23, 2015

I’ve devised a bit of a routine for weekdays. I go for a walk in the morning and pop into a cafe for coffee and breakfast. Then I’m off to one of the sights on my list of places to see. After which it’s back to Ashanti Lodge for a snack before the taxi picks me up for the ride to St George’s. I spend the afternoon there working and playing with the girls. Evenings it’s dinner, writing, and reading. I know….a real snooze Fest! But the weekends are more fun.

African National Gallery
African National Gallery

Last Thursday I went to the African National Gallery where I saw an exhibit of paintings by Irma Stone. I had not heard of her, but you can see in her work that she was influenced by Modigliani, Van Gogh, and Picasso….all of whom I love. So I will be doing some research on Irma.  Sorry no photos from inside the museum, but above is a photo of the outside.

I’ve found that Cape Town is an amazingly affordable city. Even with all of the dining mentioned above, I have a hard time spending $15 a day! This morning I sent out two small loads of laundry to be washed, dried, and folded – the tab? $3.87! Delivered!  Now I’m sure you can spend a lot more for a meal at a truly upscale restaurant, but I haven’t had a bad meal yet. And at home, well let’s face – I have to do my own laundry.

The affordability is primarily the strength of the dollar versus the South African Rand. In 2011 a Rand would cost .14 or .15 and today it was .077.  So if you are thinking about coming here, now is a great time to just do it.

20150823_055837000_iOSI never get tired of looking at the ocean, whether it’s walking along the beach, or on my ride to St George’s each day. The South African coast rivals those in Northern California and Ireland. On Saturday, Andrea and I decided on a Cape Peninsula Tour.  We spent the day with a group riding down to the southern most tip of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, went for a bike ride near the Cape of Good Hope, had lunch, went to Boulders Beach and saw the penguins, visited Cape Point and rode the funicular up to the lighthouse, and were safely driven back to Cape Town at the end of the day – all for $54 US!

Penguins at Boulder Beach
Penguins at Boulder Beach

In these first ten days I have not been disappointed in this spectacular country…..and there is so much more to see. But I also came here to work with the girls of St George’s and I can’t wait to tell you about them. Next time.  IMG_0691

My fellow volunteer, Andrea from Venezuala
My fellow volunteer, Andrea from Venezuala

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3 thoughts on “South Africa – Splendid”

  1. Hi Kathy! I thought I would go back to the beginning and read your blog as I very much enjoy reading about your travels. South Africa would be an interesting visit and maybe someday I will make the trek to Cape Town. It triggered a thought though that may sound daft of my behalf – Ya see, I watched mostly British television & I remembered this clip from the ‘Graham Norton Show’ (BBC1) which features a band from Cape Town. I was on their mailing list for a few years! – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvJAoLgqE3U – in case the link doesn’t work ‘you tube’ has it as ‘Anna Paquin’s Face Scrunching Song – The Graham Norton Show Preview – BBC One’ Cheers, Shawn

    1. I’ll check it out. South Africa was the first country on the continent I visited and it grabbed me and didn’t let go.

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