Monday, January 22, 2007

Post-holiday blues

It’s hard coming back from a glorious 3 weeks in sun and surf to cold, gloomy wintry weather. But I suppose that I should look on the bright side and relish in the fact that we were lucky enough to have had a great 3 weeks full of fun, sun, friends and new experiences.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • An extremely poignant visit to Soweto and the Hector Peterson museum taking in South Africa’s disturbing and violent past.
  • Astonishment at the level of security of homes in Johannesburg. High walls, barbed wire, automatic gates and armed response signs are the norm here.
  • Spotting elephants, kudus, waterbuck, impalas, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, warthogs and many more other exotic animals in Kruger National Park.
  • Seafood in Cape Town’s Waterfront.
  • The sweeping views from Table Mountain in Cape Town.
  • Seeing the Bo-Kaap through the eyes of a local.
    A sobering look at the other side of Cape Town, the Langa township in the Cape Flats.
  • An even more sobering visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was unjustly incarcerated for 27 years.
  • A relaxing 2 hours squeezed in between wedding chores at Camp’s Bay beach with the bride and groom.
  • The laidback Cape Town vibe in general.
  • Meeting the bride’s mum for the first time and having her say that she feels like she already knows me even though we had never met before. (The bride and I have been friends for over 10 years!).
  • Girlie bonding over a trial bridal hair and makeup session (not that the bride needed the makeup at all!).
  • More girlie bonding over a manicure session before the big day.
  • Being a bridesmaid for the first time in my life!
  • Having to have my “wedding hair” redone because the bride didn’t like my look – she thought that I looked a little bit unnatural! Hehe – brides are always difficult on the big day!
  • Watching two very good friends tie the knot on a gorgeous sunny day in Stellenbosch.
  • Overeating and over drinking at the fabulous wedding.
  • More overeating at the post-wedding picnic at Spier.
  • Sundowners every chance we got! (South Africans like to call watching the sunset with an alcoholic drink in hand a “sundowner”).
  • Taking a million photos of extremely cute penguins at Boulder’s Beach.
  • Strolling amongst breath-taking views at Cape Point.
  • A pleasant 5 hour drive down the Garden Route in the company of 3 very sexy men (that is, Pépé and 2 English friends), listening to the 1 Jimmy Cliff CD that we had over and over again.
  • More overeating at The Heads.
  • Wild drunken games of UNO with new and old friends at Sedgefield.
  • Learning to pronounce Knysna, that is, Nice-na rather than Kh-nis-na.
  • More beach time at Buffel’s Baai and Plett (Plettenburg Bay, or Baai in Afrikaans).
  • More overeating and over drinking.
  • But most of all, the highlight of the trip was definitely spending loads of idle fun-filled hours in the company of close friends.

Photos to come!

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