Monthly Archives: August 2011

Back from South Africa!

Well, we made it.

At no point did we get mugged, or killed. In fact, while we were there, the South African government were advising people not to travel to the UK! Something to do with riots. Or something. I was being all busy drinking and playing with tiger cubs.

I managed to do everything I’d planned out there, apart from going for a run! I think for the first 4 days we said ‘Shall we go for a run tomorrow morning?’, then we stopped deluding ourselves! There was so much to do, and so much to drink, that getting up early enough to run before doing anything else was not really going to happen.

But we went to the wedding, a wonderful affair. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, the lady conducting the ceremony managed to lose her speech in the lake which added some humour to the day, and I’ve never been to a wedding in such close proximity to a bar! Inevitably the later the night wore on, the crazier the dancing became, but luckily, no-one was injured in the process!

We climbed Table Mountain. Amazing. A tough climb up Platteklip Gorge, then a walk across the top to Maclear’s Beacon, which is the highest point on the mountain.

And there was a pub at the top!

We went on a wine tour, where we drank a lot of wine and learnt a lot about the process (and how they use roses as an alarm system for diseases. See? I listened!). We also saw a lady open a bottle of bubbly with a sword! Health & safety doesn’t take much of a priority in South Africa, as it turns out.

We went to Robben Island. Fascinating and horrific. It struck home when they told us how apartheid was abolished 17 years ago. It seems like something that happened decades ago, not in our lifetime. The boat ride there and back was exciting though, 5 metre swells and waves coming over the deck (on which we were standing)!

We saw a lot of wild animals. I ate a lot of wild animals.

We met some lovely people, jumped in very cold pools and seas, visited deserted beaches, went to the Cape of Good Hope, tried our hands at haggling in a market, successfully transported a decorated ostrich egg home, and I sat on an elephant!

So now we’re back for 3 weeks before we go to New Zealand! Might as well wash the clothes we took and put them straight back in a suitcase!