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South Africa

December 2011


Escaping winter madness in Central Europe to one of the most wonderful places on earth with not much more than shorts and a point-and-shoot-camera!

Arrival


Uh. We didn't expect that. Heavy clouds hanging deep, even rain. Cape Town wasn't love at first sight. Everything looked faded and pale. The whole city felt like asleep the first day.
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Camps Bay

Seemes to be the Beverly Hills of Cape Town – but with beaches and a good surf. So did the locals, no matter what the weather.
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Cape of Good Hope


Getting out of this surprisingly boring city (the characterization of Cape Town wasn't quite accurate, but more on that later), we thought. And were not disappointed!
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Back to Cape Town


Now we are talking! This time Cape Town turned the sunshine on and hey, we suddenly started to really like it!
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Lion's Head

Of course we also climbed the Table Mountain (even twice, if you really want to know). But my favorite still is the Lion's Head – because… can you see the Table Mountain from the Table Mountain?
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Garden Route


Finally getting some more miles on the Volkswagen to pass Hermanus, Swellendam, Mossel Bay, Knysna and Plett on our way down to Jeffreys Bay. Driving 50 kilometers on an unpaved road finally killed a tire, but also showed us: The heartland is as beautiful as the coast. Give Swellendam a try for a relaxing day, if you travel the Garden Route.
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Cattle market


Well, you know, me and markets. Passed that cattle market on our way back to Cape Town somewhere between Oudtshoorn (the most boring place on earth, and probably the hottest as well) and Stellenbosch (sorry, would have loved to take some pictures there, but… the wine was just too good). Getting in touch with South African agriculture and farmers was quite interesting though. Owning a farm still seems to be a very very white business and Afrikaans the language to talk.
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Cape Town, again


The final stage of my relationship with this city eventually was love (at third sight). Can't wait to return some day!
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