Monday, January 12, 2015

An Unproductive Day (12/8/14)

Despite having a long night of sleep to make up for the lack of sleep on the planes and the time change, we were not very ambitious the next day. We were moving from the hotel in the city centre to our more permanent residence in the University of Cape Town’s off campus housing in Rondebosch. Moving that much luggage was a struggle, mostly because our room was on the 6th floor and the elevator was broken. Thankfully Brent likes a physical challenge and considered this an endurance workout.

We originally wanted to go to Robben Island that day but our lack of ambition plus a slower South African pace meant that we did not end up going on that tour.

Instead we began to cross the extra curricular activities off of our list. We went to V & A Waterfront Market for lunch and shopping. The lunch area was a large space that was full of local farmers and vendors. This support of local businesses is a trend that is often seen in Cape Town. By supporting these food and drink vendors, small businesses can flourish. They are also DELICIOUS. Shopping was wonderful because it was a similar open space full of small vendors and artists. There were wonderful art pieces, clothing, jewelry, and other goods.

(This was the view from our room. We were in awe every morning.)

At night, we went to Cocoa Wah Wah. This is a restaurant nearby in Rondebosch and it is also one that Max (and I) used to frequent. It’s good food at a good price. Similar to Christian meeting us in London, Max had another connection for us at Cocoa Wah Wah. Prince is a lovely Zimbabwean that serves there. I was lucky enough to spend Christmas with him in Cape Town last year. Truly a delightful and memorable person.

Christmas 2013 
(Prince 2nd from the right and me in the middle)

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